Request for Proposals
Healthy Start Inc. invites you to share your expertise, research, experiences, and activities by submitting an abstract to present at the 2019 Annual Cheryl Squire Flint Cultural Sensitivity Regional Symposium: "BreastFED: Cultural Humility, Clinical Interventions, and Community-Based Supports" on May 6-7, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146.

Breastfeeding rates appear to be accelerating fast in America with the Center for Disease Control citing that 4 out of 5 newborns are breastfed initially. However, there is national concern with the continuity of breastfeeding rates amongst breastfeeding dyads at 6 months, whether exclusively or otherwise. Moreover, data shows black mothers are less likely to initiate breastfeeding, have shorter duration rates, and experience more barriers to breastfeeding. These include lack of family and social supports, perceived social/cultural norms, unsupportive work environments, hyper sexualization and lack of body autonomy, implicit bias from healthcare professionals, scarcity of access to breastfeeding information and education and health related concerns. What does this say about our breastfeeding culture? How can we ensure we are supporting mothers throughout their breastfeeding journey to achieve their goals and targets set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Healthy People 2020? In what ways can we combat the breastfeeding disparity rates in our local communities?

Healthy Start Inc. would like to highlight this important issue. We welcome you to submit an abstract to present a presentation or workshop on the below topics, or other breastfeeding related topics. Poster presentations are welcome. You will need to define three learning objectives to allow for continuing education credits. All submissions will be reviewed by the planning committee for quality, interest to conference registrants, and overall appropriateness to the symposium topic. The submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the symposium.

Abstract Deadline: February 8, 2019
Abstract Acceptance Notification Date: February 18th, 2019

Presentation Duration Limit: 60 min or 90 min (TBD) allowing for 15 min Q&A.

Suggestions for Topic Areas:
Lactation Practice and Policy
Breastfeeding and Community Engagement
Lactation and Substance Use (Marijuana, Opioids, Cigarettes, Alcohol, etc.)
Breastfeeding in Reality: Common Challenges and Outcomes
Investigating Local Breastfeeding Disparities
HERstory: Chronological Record of Breastfeeding with an Emphasis on Black Women
Myths and Misconceptions of Breastfeeding
Power of Early Management of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding and the Nutritional Benefit for Mom and Baby (possible workshop idea*)
Psychological Aspects of Breastfeeding
Potency of Community-Based Supports
Traumatic Birth Experiences and its Aftereffects on Mother and Baby
Postpartum Depression and Effects of Bonding while Breastfeeding
Opportunities for Breastfeeding Clinical Interventions
Importance of Breastfeeding Data Collection
Breastfeeding Barriers and Contributing Factors.
Medications and Breastmilk
Support the Growth and Development of Breastfeeding Amongst Community Stakeholders.
Ethics and Efficacy of the Lactation Health Professional
Examining Clinical and Cultural Case Studies (possible workshop idea*)
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