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.
Check out the press release for the AI/AN CHAMPS grant!
Download the new Rooming-In poster designed for Tribal hospitals in Navajo Nation!