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Shining Star: Spotlight on Coordination in Our Michigan Communities

Kimberly Lyons, Education Coordinator Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) Head Start   Shonté Terhune, IBCLC Genesee County Health Department   Over the past 32 years, Kimberly Lyons has held many positions working with children and their families in Flint and Genesee County. For the last nine years, she has worked with Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) Head Start/Early Head Start. She has been fortunate throughout her career to have the support of strong, supportive female administrators…

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Mille Pruchnic named MIBFN Communications Manager

We are excited to share that MIBFN team member, Millie Pruchnic, has been promoted to MIBFN Communications Manager. Millie joined our team in 2016 as Communications Specialist and lead designer for all MIBFN materials. She brings with her more than 16 years of graphic design and marketing experience. Congratulations, Millie! To learn more about our team members, click here. https://www.mibreastfeeding.org/about/team/ 

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New Release: MIBFN Blueprint for Breastfeeding Coalition Building

 Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) introduces its Blueprint for Breastfeeding Coalition Building. The Blueprint intends to create transparency around MIBFN’s efforts to serve as a leader in breastfeeding coalition building throughout our state. This document outlines the ways in which MIBFN has chosen to collaborate with community partners to advance breastfeeding outcomes. Breastfeeding systems change is necessary in order to advance public health outcomes and create a society in which breastfeeding is fully supported by policy and not just intention. Change…

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MIBFN Open Apology

Dear partners, Thank you for taking time to share your concerns with Michigan Breastfeeding Network. In the time since your public accountability campaign to Medolac, opportunities to learn from experts in the work of racial equity have shined light on how our response was inadequate and damaging. We are truly sorry for our response to your campaign. We have taken time to reflect on the ways our biases and position of privilege affected how we understood and responded to this…

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Community Partners – Flint 310 Connect

Check out our amazing Community Partners in Flint as part of our MIBFN 310 Connect Project. These partners continue to do amazing work with Flint’s families and most vulnerable citizens. This Collective Impact initiative, in partnership with the Greater Flint Community Foundation, aims to continue improving health and neurodevelopment outcomes in the Flint area through increased breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates, using an approach that engages hospital birthing centers and community partners with consistent messaging and shared measurement.    

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Coffective SPLASH

Hospitals are an integral partner in consistent, evidence-based breastfeeding messages for families within the maternity care setting. Coffective is conducting coaching calls with hospitals throughout the state of Michigan. The purpose of the hospital coaching calls is to learn about successes and challenges, provide sustainable guidance and technical assistance for quality improvement related to breastfeeding, and encourage collaborative activities with WIC such as joint task force meetings, regular touch-bases, and sharing of resources. If you have a partnership with your…

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Shining Star: Spotlight on Coordination in Our Michigan Communities – Grand Haven

We’re proud to feature our contacts this month, from InterCare Community Health Network in Grand Haven! Anna Johnstone has 24 years of experience as a WIC nutritionist/CPA and been a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) since 2005. For the last 13 years she has worked at InterCare Community Health Network in the Grand Haven WIC clinic. Lori McCabe, RN CLC, Becky Shanahan, BSN, ANLC, IBCLC, and Beth Curley, RN, IBCLC, work on the Birthing Unit at North Ottawa Community Hospital (NOCH).…

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September 2018 QNM Recap – Bay City, MI

MIBFN’s September 21st Quarterly Network Meeting (QNM) focused on systems-level work to “change the system, not the mother” in Bay City, Michigan. In collaboration with the Bay Area Breastfeeding Coalition, Midland Breastfeeding Coalition, and Saginaw Breastfeeding Coalition, 45 attendees from 10 counties around the state had a chance to #learnshareconnect on issues of importance for breastfeeding advocates. Eighty-one percent of mothers in Michigan initiate breastfeeding but face many roadblocks along the way. In order to increase exclusivity and duration rates,…

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MIBFN is Seeking Board Member Candidates with Wide-Ranging Personal and Professional Experiences

MIBFN seeks new board members to play a critical role in building an organization that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, inclusion, and equity. As advocates of public health, we believe that all social-sector organizations are better equipped to address complex social issues with board governance that reflects the communities it serves. Experience within the following realms, including professional expertise, cultural background, and life experience, is desired: financial, legal, human resources, non-profit leadership, community engagement, collaborative driven work, and parenting.…

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Make Breastfeeding Support a Priority With End-of-Year Giving

MIBFN makes end-of-year gift giving quick and easy plus it gives you a chance to support breastfeeding, which has a positive impact on all families throughout our state. The MIBFN Zazzle Store has many items available for holiday gift giving and proceeds from every sale benefit breastfeeding advocacy efforts in Michigan. The MIBFN collection of breastfeeding gifts is fun, timely, and enlightened, and your purchase helps to advance efforts for a breastfeeding-supportive culture throughout our state. Find everything on your…

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Many of the beautiful images on our website are provided by the following: Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalitions, Katherine Jarvi PhotographyAllie and Co. Photography, and Megan Hansen Photography. Thanks to our partners for their wonderful photos! To submit your images for our website, please contact info@breastfeeding.org.