2018 Conference

The Eight National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening will be held August 4-5, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. The USBC is thrilled to convene this singular event once again, with a continued focus on enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through policy and practice change, with an emphasis on racial equity and community engagement.

USBC's National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference brings together breastfeeding coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory, including representatives from relevant government departments, non-governmental organizations including consumer (parents) groups, and health professional associations. This gathering assists with development of the leadership capacity to more effectively build and manage coalitions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at the national, state, and local/community levels.

Conference Objectives

  1. Develop leaders in coalition building and the formation and management of public health collaborations and partnerships.

  2. Provide an in-person forum for the sharing and exploration of best practices and lessons learned to enhance impact of coalitions' work to implement the strategies of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, as a critical bridge, between the grassroots  (families) and treetops (national stakeholders) via engagement with USBC-affiliated Constellations.

  3. Build coalition capacity and commitment to achieve diversity,* equity, and inclusion in breastfeeding support, including skills to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide external strategies and activities, and an "equity mirror" to examine internal structures, culture, and policies.

  4. Expand coalition awareness of opportunities to strategically apply national policy developments to the state/local level by building and strengthening working relationships with health departments and other state- or community-level organizations, in order to encourage integration of breastfeeding into other areas of the public health agenda.

*Our definition of diversity includes diversity by position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family status, gender identity, formal education, life experience, religion, communication styles, geographic location, and work-related skill sets and experience. [Reference: USBC Diversity Values Statement]

Learn, Connect, & Act at the Annual NBCC!

The conference learning days have been designed to include:

  • Full group learning sessions led by trainers
  • Breakout panel sessions for peer sharing
  • Breakfast Table Topics
  • Poster Sessions

This year’s conference will offer several networking opportunities, including:

  • Social Media Mixer
  • Open Mic Night
  • Special Interest Meetings

Join us for an afternoon Advocacy Training on Sunday, August 5!

General conference questions? E-mail conference@usbreastfeeding.org