We are ecstatic to embrace ROSE as one of our breastfeeding support organization partners in our Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week program! ROSE does incredible work on the community level to help moms achieve success in breastfeeding. Find out more about their goals and advocacy strategy here:
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) is a member network that was founded to address breastfeeding disparities among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by serving as a catalyst that provides resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities.
Our efforts to empower a growing cadre of advocacy-oriented “ROSE Community Transformers” top the list in our strategic direction to addressing breastfeeding inequities. ROSE Community Transformers are women with a vested interest to provide peer breastfeeding support to families within their communities. The concept of our Community Transformers resonates from the importance and impact that peer-to-peer support can have on the breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in our communities, a notion reiterated in The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and strategy 4 of The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies. ROSE strongly believes that a concerned and passionate individual can have an impact within their community.
Through the partnerships and support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Boston Medical Center CHAMPS project, National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), Georgia Health Foundation, and the Office on Women’s Health It’s Only Natural Campaign, ROSE has been able to train and mentor a total of 162 women as Community Transformers in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, and New Jersey. As well as improve access to breastfeeding resources in the African American Community and reform health care through breastfeeding.
Post courtesy of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere.
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