Merit health river oaks hospital awarded ibclc care award
CHAMPS is proud to announce that Merit Health River Oaks Hospital has been awarded the IBCLC Care Award!
infant & young Child feeding in emergencies (IYCFE) Training
CHEER has started training sessions on the topic of IYCFE. Sessions are available online, and in person in Athens, Greece.
CHEER champion of the week
South Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition!
CHAMPS is excited to honor the South Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition (SMBFC), a relatively new group that is doing a great job supporting and promoting breastfeeding on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast!
“Our coalition’s mission is to promote and protect breastfeeding by providing support, advocacy, and resources for a healthier South Mississippi community,” shares Amanda Sterling, RN, BSN, IBCLC, founding President of SMBFC and Lactation Consultant & CHAMPS Team Leader at CHAMPS hospital Merit Health Biloxi.
CHEER BECOMES NATIONAL VOTING MEMBER OF THE US BREASTFEEDING COMMITTEE (USBC)
CHEER is happy to announce that it has recently been accepted as a national voting member of the USBC, a coalition of organizations around the country whose shared missions are to promote supportive breastfeeding policies and practices.
To learn more about USBC, please visit their website using the button below.
CHAMPS Abstract accepted to nbcc 2019
CHAMPS is excited to share that our abstract entitled 'Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Care Practices (CHAMPS) using a Curriculum on Safety' for the upcoming United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening (NBCC 2019) Breakout Panel Session has been accepted! Thank you to CHAMPS' own Lori Feldman-Winter, Cathy Carothers, and Kimarie Bugg for submitting, and in advance for presenting on behalf of the CHAMPS team.
For more information about NBCC 2019, please visit their website using the button below.
new paper published in Pediatrics
Improved Maternity Care Practices Decrease Racial Gaps in Breastfeeding in the U.S. South
A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women.
Between 2014 and 2017, 33 hospitals enrolled into the CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) program out of Boston Medical Center’s Center for Health Equity, Education and Research, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. All birthing hospitals in Greater New Orleans, and 18 in Mississippi, signed up. Breastfeeding initiation at CHAMPS hospitals rose from 66% to 75%, and, among African Americans, from 43% to 63%, over the 3 years. The gap between White and Black breastfeeding rates decreased by 9.6%.
2018 CHEER lifetime achievement award
CHEER is thrilled to announce the recipient of our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Kimarie Bugg, DNP, RN, MPH, IBCLC, CLC, for her long-standing dedication to breastfeeding and maternal child health equity! Kimarie is the Co-Founder, President/CEO, and Change Leader for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a nonprofit developed in 2011 to address breastfeeding inequities in the African-American community. CHEER’s Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS) program has partnered with ROSE since its incipiency in 2014, and has the pleasure to host Kimarie as our Community Engagement Director. Throughout her career, Kimarie has tirelessly served families, trained health care providers, managed programs, advised national efforts, and led the charge for breastfeeding health equity amongst typically underserved communities in the United States. In this, her life exemplifies exactly the kind of work CHEER seeks to uphold!
new champs grant
From the Bower Foundation
CHEER has received a new, 3-year grant from the Bower Foundation to continue work with Baby-Friendly designated Mississippi hospitals.
CHEER (the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research at Boston University School of Medicine) has run Mississippi CHAMPS since 2014, working with communities and hospitals to support, promote, and increase breastfeeding. The program also helps hospitals to gain the coveted WHO Baby-Friendly Hospital title. Since 2014, 8 Mississippi hospitals have been designated Baby-Friendly, and breastfeeding rates across CHAMPS-enrolled hospitals in Mississippi have risen from 49% to 67%. Rates have particularly increased among African American women, from 33% to 56%.