Racial Equity Webinars
The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosts this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its efforts to "create and model a culture of inclusion, diversity & equity" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 4). With funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. Webinars are held every two months (in odd-numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET.
Access to these webinars is open to all in the USBC network of member and partner organizations and breastfeeding coalitions. Topic/speaker details are posted 1-2 weeks before each session on this page and in the Racial Equity Learning Community. The recordings and presentation materials from all past sessions are archived below.
NOTE: To streamline access, these webinars are set up in GotoWebinar as a series. You only need to register for the series once, and you will then receive auto-reminders of each session with the topic/speaker details. Even though you may not be able to attend every webinar session live, the series registration will still send you auto-reminders so that you have easy updates on the topic and links to the live webinar and archives.
The USBC has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to host this community as part of an inclusive learning and transformation process for the "First Food" field. The community will build the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies.
Next Webinar: Rescheduled
Monday, March 2, 2020 • 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Envisioning a Breastfeeding-Friendly System 2.0
Kiddada Green, Founding Executive Director, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
Envisioning a Breastfeeding-Friendly System 2.0 is a solution-driven presentation designed to tackle breastfeeding inequities at both a public and private/institutional level. Join the USBC in this presentation that will explore the key elements of a breastfeeding-friendly system. A breastfeeding-friendly system is one where; 1) the community voice is honored, 2) policies, attitudes, and practices align to achieve racial equity in breastfeeding, 3) institutions and agents of institutions demonstrate accountability to the community for their acts and behaviors.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Cultural Communities Supporting Breastfeeding in Kansas
Stephanne Rupnicki, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. &
Dr. Stacy Yeager, Abundant Life Consulting/African-American Breastfeeding Coalition
The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (KBC) created the "Communities Supporting Breastfeeding" (CSB) designation to recognize communities in Kansas who have a multifaceted community approach to breastfeeding support. The CSB designation criteria include local breastfeeding leadership, peer support, maternity care practices, support in public spaces, worksite support, and childcare provider support. "Community" can be defined by geography or culture. In this presentation, we will examine how the CSB criteria were adapted to a Native American reservation and African-American neighborhoods in Kansas City to build a landscape of breastfeeding support in these marginalized and underserved populations.
To search the archives by keyword, speaker name, and more, visit the file library in the Racial Equity Learning Community.