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Shifting The Conversation to a New Destination
Seattle, WA
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Change the insight (internal and external biases) of how we treat our community members when supporting their breastfeeding goals and post-partum care.

Inward reflection of current practices, in order to change our support methods to meet the needs of each individual, specifically of African American women.

Providers will have a stronger sense of the systemic barriers African American women have to successful breastfeeding in Washington State and become stronger advocates for their patients.                                                        

This two day training event will be led by Robert Lee, MPH and Delores Baccus, RN, IBCLC, MPH who are nationally recognized and known state wide for their advocacy to supporting breastfeeding and eliminating barriers for breastfeeding parents in the African American Community.

Day 1 (October 7th)
10:00  10:30   Welcoming and Introductions
10:30  10:50   Why are we here? What got us to this point?
10:50  11:50   Review of Glossary of Terms and Discussion/Examples
11:50  12:50   Impact on personal health and well-being for self and clients
12:50   1:00   Break
1:00   1:30   Impact of our individual social responsibility
1:30   2:00   Questions and Open Discussion

Day 2 (October 8th)
10:00  10:30   Welcoming and Reflections
10:30  11:30   Identifying the health and human-related    disparities
11:30  12:30   The impact of Covid-19 and the depended inequities to the African American Community
12:30  12:45   Break
12:45  1:15  Impact of the separation of African Americans
1:15   2:00   Questions/Open Discussion and closing

Continuing Education Credits will be provided upon completion of pre and post assessments and participation during both training days.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of their roles in supporting breastfeeding using the Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital Ten Steps; and  identify immediate action items for improving breastfeeding support through understanding how racism's intersects with post-partum care in the hospital.

According a household survey in 2017, only 24% of Black/African American children in south King County were breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life. This rate is substantially lower than the King County average rate of 36% and half the rate of Seattle, with 46%.
The disparities continue to widen when comparing infant and maternal mortality rates. While the King County rate of 3.6 per 1000 live births  is among the best in the nation, the rate for Non-Hispanic Black individuals is more than double (8.2 per 1000 live births), which approximates the national rate for this population. A 2015 report by the Maternal Mortality Review Panel found that while the statewide mortality ratio (number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) for the state was 29.8, for non-Hispanic Black women it was 78.4, more than double the state rate.

We hope you can join us for both days!
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Seattle, WA 98511
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