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Strategic Alliance  

April 4, 2011

221 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: 510.444.7738
Fax: 510.663.1280



Fighting for Breastfeeding Equity:
From Hospital to Workplace

Capitol Briefing Focuses on Reforms Needed for
Hospital and Workplace Breastfeeding Policies

Join public health experts and breastfeeding mothers from across the state for an educational forum, hosted by the California WIC Association and sponsored by the Senate Health Committee, to discuss how low-to-no-cost breastfeeding policy reforms can dramatically increase health equity in California.

When: Friday, April 8, 2011, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: State Capitol, Room 2040, Sacramento
Speakers Include: Karen Farley, RD, IBCLC,
California WIC Association
Dr. Emily Hannon, MD,
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento
Kiran Saluja, MPH, RD, Deputy Director, PHFE WIC, Los Angeles
Clarese Hill, IBCLC,
Peer Counselor Coordinator, County of Riverside WIC Program
Genevieve Colvin,
Program Coordinator, Worksite Lactation Accommodation, Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater LA
Gloria Ramirez,
Senior Deputy Labor Commissioner, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement

Mothers face many challenges to breastfeeding – beginning at the hospital. In California, hospital breastfeeding policies are inconsistent and often inadequate, and those hospitals that serve low-income communities and communities of color are most impacted by this lack of support.  This year, SB 502 (authored by Senators Pavley and DeLeon) has been introduced to ensure that all California hospitals have an infant-feeding policy and that it is clearly posted.

Breastfeeding success is dependent upon legislators and stakeholders engaging in a relevant dialogue about improvements in breastfeeding policy that can better support California families and protect the health of the next generation. We hope you are able to take part in this important discussion on April 8

To learn more about the need for more Baby Friendly hospitals in California, read the California WIC Association report, One Hospital at a Time: Overcoming Barries to Breastfeeding.




The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity away from a focus solely on individual choice and lifestyle towards one of environmental influences and corporate and government responsibility. Current Steering Committee members are: California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFit), California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) , California Project LEAN, California WIC Association (CWA), Child Care Food Program Roundtable, Latino Health Access, Partnership for the Public's Health, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute, Samuels & Associates, and Public Health Law and Policy.


The Strategic Alliance is currently engaged in building a broad and diverse statewide membership. To join or for more information, please visit us on the Web, www.eatbettermovemore.org, or contact Phebe Gibson at 510.444.7738 or Phebe@preventioninstitute.org. And even if you're already a member, please forward this message on to your colleagues so we can continue to strengthen our coalition. Thank you!

The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and

physical activity - from a focus solely on individual choice and lifestyle,

towards one of environmental influences and corporate and government responsibility.


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