Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: Increase the number of Idahoans who receive information about best practices related to breastfeeding through attendance at the annual Idaho Breastfeeeding Summit.
Numerator: Number of professionals and parents who attend annual Idaho Breastfeeding Summit.
Significance: The MCH leadership team will support an annual statewide breastfeeding summit to provide healthcare providers training on best practices for breastfeeding initiation and duration. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC), established the Community Supporting Breastfeeding (CBS) program, which incorporates varied approaches that assist breastfeeding mothers, promote initiation and duration of breastfeeding by including the formation of a local breastfeeding coalition, offering a course for healthcare providers to learn about supporting breastfeeding, and provide resources and information to reduce barriers and increase the perception of breastfeeding (Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs [AMCHP], 2016). Program participants indicated that the coalition cultivated engagement, leadership development, and community support, as well as increased involvement from organizations and government officials that support and advocate towards breastfeeding by enhancing the sustainability and engagement of existing programs, and allocating breastfeeding coalitions in areas where they are not provided (AMCHP, 2016).
Additionally, Colorado has had success in increasing breastfeeding rates through statewide training of hospital personnel and informing parents about beneficial breastfeeding practices through Local Public Health agencies such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) (AMCHP, 2012). Colorado experienced notable increases in breastfeeding initiation and duration rates following the five-key breastfeeding strategy, Colorado Can Do 5, which offers five beneficial breastfeeding practices to hospitals and medical centers (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2011).
Data Sources and Data Issues: Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 1,000