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Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar – A Systems Approach to Effective, Sustainable Change

Date: January 2019 Speakers: Kathy Szenda Wilson and Maria Ortiz Borden Description: Effective, Sustainable Change: When people come together across organizations, sectors and (at times) issues, attention and intention must be paid in order to create effective, sustainable change. From the outside, it might appear as though successful groups just got lucky – with the right timing, chemistry and leadership. But the truth is there are 6 factors that must be present in order for sustainable, effective change to happen…

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Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar: Using Your Power & Privilege

Date: December 2018 Speaker: Jennifer Day, IBCLC Description: Repression, oppression and systemic barriers prevent professionals and community from accessing equitable standards of care and opportunities, which contributes to the cycle of poverty. Jennifer Day, IBCLC will provide tangible solutions and practical applications to identify and address the effective uses of Power & Privilege to initiate positive change. View a recap of the webinar.

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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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