Network Meetings and Community Conversations
Update, March 2020
MIBFN began hosting Quarterly Network Meetings in 2016 as an effort to bring local, regional, and statewide collaborators together around our common efforts as we work towards becoming a more breastfeeding-supportive state. With support from the Michigan WIC Division, these meetings have grown over the past 3 years to become an opportunity to learn, share, and connect among local and regional breastfeeding supporters.
As we move forward in Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, initially published in our Letter to Breastfeeding Supporters, we are restructuring our Quarterly Network Meetings in alignment with our commitment to “listen”.
To learn more about the 2020 MIBFN Network Meetings and Community Conversations, as well as opportunities to collaborate in these meetings, please click below.
Our focus is on listening more about families and communities across Michigan and learning about areas where MIBFN can serve and advocate in solidarity with their efforts. Specifically within the 2020 Network Meetings and Community Conversations, our priority is on listening and learning with Black and Indigenous breastfeeding supporters and families.
Please note, the cities named below are proposed, and not confirmed. As individual meetings are confirmed, there will be a dedicated webpage for each and the URLs will be made available below.
- Battle Creek
- Benton Harbor
- Sault Ste. Marie
The agenda for the meetings will be deferred to the NMCC Advisory Councils.
In the event that an Advisory Council would like support in creating the agenda, the MIBFN team is available to assist.
Collaborators and Participants
We endeavor to partner with local breastfeeding supporters who reflect the community they serve, in each of the Network Meeting and Community Conversation locations. These meetings will not be possible without the local meeting collaborators and participants. Please read below to learn about the roles for the meeting and please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving your community in any of the below roles or with any questions.
Advisory Councils are breastfeeding groups (coalitions, support groups, etc.) in 6 communities throughout Michigan who are led by and serve Black and Indigenous People of Color, passionate about and experienced in locally-led efforts to equitably improve breastfeeding outcomes, and acquainted with the local stakeholders in their community who are advancing community-driven approaches to improving outcomes. Each group’s involvement includes partnering with the MIBFN projects team to plan and implement the Network Meeting and Community Conversation in their local community. This includes things like establishing an agenda for the meeting, recommending key topics/themes of local relevance for any presentations and panels that would support establishing shared understanding among meeting participants, and recommending meeting facilitators who reflect and represent the local community. To learn more about serving on the Advisory Councils, click here to view the 2020 NMCC Advisory Council Overview.
Network Meeting Participants are breastfeeding supporters and advocates who want to bring about actionable, system-level changes that are centered on the experiences of Michigan families with young children. We welcome everyone – including families, lactation support staff, health care providers, and community leaders. To register for a local NMCC, stay tuned to MIBFN’s listserv and social media, click “Locations”, or email email@example.com.
Community Conversation Participants are Michigan families with young children who are interested in sharing about their experiences with breastfeeding – including about breastfeeding support in their community, and their ideas on the systemic changes that would make breastfeeding more feasible. In gratitude for participant’s time and expertise, free childcare, a $25 gift card, and dinner will be provided. To register for a local Network Meeting and Community Conversation, stay tuned to MIBFN’s listserv and social media, click “Locations”, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the roles below are subject to change based upon what the Advisory Council determines as they plan the day.
Network Meeting Racial Equity Presenters are individuals who reflect and represent the community they serve and who have experience and expertise teaching within their communities. Presenters are asked to develop a 60-minute presentation that aligns with the topic/theme of their local Network Meeting and share their expertise through both their lived and on-the-job experiences. To learn more about serving as a Network Meeting Racial Equity Presenter, click here to view the 2020 NMCC Racial Equity Presenter Overview.
Network Meeting Breastfeeding Champion Panelists are individuals who reflect and represent the community they serve and who have experience and expertise serving families within their communities. Panelists are asked to participate in a 1-hour panel with 3-5 other local breastfeeding champions and respond to questions that align with the topic/theme of their local Network Meeting. To learn more about serving as a Network Meeting Breastfeeding Champion Panelist, click here to view the 2020 NMCC Breastfeeding Champion Panelist Overview.
Community Conversation Facilitators reflect and represent the community they serve and have experience and expertise facilitating within their communities. They establish an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for a 2-hour facilitated conversation among community members using questions developed by the advisory council. To learn more about serving as a Communication Conversation Facilitator, click here to view the 2020 NMCC Facilitator Overview.
Community Conversation Transcribers are individuals who reflect and represent the community they serve. Transcribers record and convey a report-out on the Network Meeting’s Breastfeeding Champion Panel and the Community Conversation’s Facilitated Conversation, using a form developed by the advisory council. The report out of each local meeting will be owned by meeting collaborators and participants. These reports will also be made publicly available. Based on the six meeting reports, MIBFN will also create and publish a clear and actionable report that will serve as the foundation for our forthcoming strategic planning efforts. To learn more about serving as a Communication Conversation Transcriber, click here to view the 2020 NMCC Transcriber Overview.
MIBFN Board, Staff, and Projects Team Members are a diverse and cross-sector group of breastfeeding supporters from around the state who work together to bring about collective and systemic actions to create a more breastfeeding-supportive Michigan. MIBFN Board, Staff, and Projects Team will be present at each Network Meeting and Community Conversation to meet the needs of participants and to listen and learn, firsthand, as breastfeeding supporters and Michigan families share their experiences. To learn more about the MIBFN Board, Staff, and Projects Team, click here to visit the MIBFN Team webpage.
As we begin the 2020 MIBFN Network Meetings and Community Conversations, the MIBFN board, staff, and projects team commit to the following:
- Participants, particularly families not be observed or researched.
- Care will be taken to ensure that participation is feasible and welcoming for participants by providing meals, free continuing education during the network meeting, free child care during the community conversation, and locating the meetings in spaces identified by the local Advisory Council.
- Collaborators at each meeting will be equitably compensated and will be trusted community members who reflect and represent the Black and Indigenous communities they serve.
- MIBFN board, staff, and projects team members will be present to meet the needs of participants and to listen and learn, firsthand, as breastfeeding supporters and Michigan families share their experiences.
- The report out of each local meeting will be owned by meeting collaborators and participants. These reports will also be made publicly available.