QNM – Sault Ste. Marie

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Note: QNM registration is free, but we ask that you RSVP to ensure we can prepare for the comfort and nourishment of all attendees 

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  • Learn local and statewide approaches to breastfeeding systems-change
  • Share with other QNM participants about their efforts to improve community-level breastfeeding outcomes
  • Connect with MIBFN team and other local breastfeeding supporters to form ongoing linkages to continued collaboration


Breastfeeding supporters and advocates who want to bring about actionable, system-level changes that are centered on the diverse experiences of Michigan families with young children. Children are welcome and milk expression spaces are provided at all Michigan Breastfeeding Network events.


8:30am-9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:45am Grounding Our Day in Health Equity & Breastfeeding Wins (Facilitated by Gi’Anna Cheairs & Shannon McKenney Shubert, Michigan Breastfeeding Network)

9:45-10:45am Indigenous Breastfeeding: Trauma and Resilience (Presented by Raeanne Madison, Coalition Coordinator, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan)

10:45am-11:00am Break & Local Exhibits

11:00am-12:00pm Local Champion Panel: Barriers & Opportunities for Exclusive Breastfeeding (Facilitated by Gi’Anna Cheairs, Operations Manager, Michigan Breastfeeding Network; Panelists: Amber Grassinger, Iron/Dickinson WIC; Rosa Gardiner, B.E.S.T. and Chippewa County Health Department; Raeanne Madison, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan; Kristine Maki, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; Linda Marshall, Marquette County Breastfeeding Coalition, Marquette WIC, and UP Health-Marquette; and Charity Zimmerman, Chippewa County Health Department)

12:00pm-12:45pm Networking Lunch 

12:45-1:45pm Establishing a Shared Vision for Our Future: Michigan as a Breastfeeding Paradise (Facilitated by Shannon McKenney Shubert, Executive Director, Michigan Breastfeeding Network)

1:45pm-2:00pm Snack Break & Local Announcements

2:00pm-3:30pm Planning for Local Systems Change (Facilitated by Maria Borden and Kathy Szenda Wilson, Co-Executive Directors, BC Pulse)

3:30pm-4:00pm Reflection and Evaluation (Facilitated by Gi’Anna Cheairs, Operations Manager, Michigan Breastfeeding Network)

We recommend that you look at these resources before you come to the June QNM.

We are grateful to our collaborators!

Quarterly Network Meetings are always a collaborative effort and we are so excited to share that we are already confirmed to collaborate with:

Where is the meeting? Our June QNM is at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan!

When is the meeting? The meeting is from 9am-4pm on June 7, 2019. Registration begins at 8:30am.

How much does the meeting cost to attend? Is parking included? The meeting is free to attend and complimentary parking will be available at and around the venue.

Am I able to bring my children and will I be able to express my milk at the QNM? Children are welcome and milk expression spaces are provided at all Michigan Breastfeeding Network events.

Is lunch provided? Light breakfast items and lunch will be provided free of charge to registrants.

Does the meeting offer continuing education? We plan to apply for 2-4 CERPs for the meeting. If approved, CERPs will be distributed via email after the meeting to QNM attendees who complete the post-QNM evaluation in its entirety.

We appreciate all those who take the time to learn, share, and connect with us!

We value your feedback and input.

The evaluation will open on June 7th for attendees to share feedback. This evaluation will be open until Friday, June 14 at 5pm EST.

CERPs will be distributed to those who request them on the evaluation within 2-3 weeks following the QNM.

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Lansing, MI 48912

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