Through a 2017 Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant, OneWorld Community Health Centers and the Douglas County Health Department have teamed up with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center to help reverse childhood obesity.
With the grant funds from Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and with support from our partners at MilkWorks, a nonprofit Community Breastfeeding Center, seven women from our community recently completed a culturally diverse Community Breastfeeding Educator (CBE) course. Our newly trained CBEs will launch our “Baby Café” (a breastfeeding support group) to help new mothers in the community initiate and maintain breastfeeding for their babies’ first years. Our goals with this program are to promote lifelong health and to reduce childhood obesity within our clinic’s population.
Our educators were trained to provide breastfeeding support for all mothers, and they can help new mothers transition back into the workplace while supplying breastmilk for their babies. They are all bilingual, so they will help us overcome language barriers and help patients understand the short and long-term benefits of breastfeeding. The educators will be able to facilitate breastfeeding support in mothers’ workplaces, churches, clinics and other venues.
For more information about MilkWorks’ Community Breastfeeding Educators program, click here.