American Indian/Alaska Native Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices
In June 2015, The Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center received a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for its American Indian and Alaska Native Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (AI/AN CHAMPS) project! AI/AN CHAMPS is a breastfeeding-focused initiative geared toward improving maternal and child health outcomes through the promotion of Baby-Friendly practices in Tribal and Alaska Native Hospitals and the communities that surround them. The main goal of AI/AN CHAMPS is to ensure that all five tribal operated birthing hospitals in the lower 48 states and four of the seven Alaska Native hospitals become Baby-Friendly designated. This work will build on The Breastfeeding Center’s previous Kellogg-funded projects in Native American communities. All 13 federally funded Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals, and two tribally operated hospitals, have gained Baby-Friendly designation. AI/AN CHAMPS will support AI/AN tribes and hospitals in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma in their goals for improving breastfeeding rates and achieving Baby-Friendly designation. For more information on our previous work in Native American communities, please visit indiancountrybreastfeeds.org
Click here to read the report from our conference in May!
Interested in more information about our AI/AN events?
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