Pat Jones is a WIC Peer Counselor 2 for the Mississippi Department of Health. She was nominated as CHEER Champion of the Week for the excellent job she is doing helping to facilitate the CHAMPS Delta Hills Baby Café (Greenville, MS) and representing WIC at CHAMPS hospital Merit Health River Region (Vicksburg, MS).
“My passion for breastfeeding is what motivates me to do the work I do,” Pat shares. “I try to meet clients where they are and provide practical and accurate information concerning breastfeeding and how it can work in their family.”
Pat’s job as a WIC Peer Counselor 2 entails educating, encouraging, and supporting families regarding breastfeeding, and providing evidence-based information so that they can make informed decisions. At the CHAMPS Delta Hills Baby Café, Pat strives to create a welcoming environment and facilitate open conversations about breastfeeding that meet the needs of all attendees.
“What I enjoy most about the Baby Café is that it has been a dynamic resource for the community,” says Pat. “I'm witnessing open dialogue on all aspects of breastfeeding.”
Pat shares that she is happy to be partnering with Merit Health River Region, where she has met with the maternal health staff to discuss the services the WIC Breastfeeding Program provides. She did a wonderful job representing WIC at a CHAMPS site visit there. Pat has also been a member of the Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition for more than 15 years and is proud to see the advancements they have made.
Congratulations, Pat! CHAMPS applauds your work and thanks you!
CHEER Champion of the week
Each Monday (besides public holidays), we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).