The Center for Breastfeeding: A Major Focus of The Healthy Children Project, Inc.
Healthy Children (www.centerforbreastfeeding.org) is defining the field of research based breastfeeding education and ethical, evidence-based breastfeeding practice. Healthy Children is a non-profit 501(c)3 research and educational institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes through partnerships with public, private and non-profit agencies.
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The Healthy Children Project was established in 1993 as a non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes in partnership with public, private and non-profit agencies. Healthy Children assumed responsibility for the educational services which had been provided by Health Education Associates Inc. since 1976. Through its Center for Breastfeeding, Healthy Children is the largest national provider of lactation management education for health care providers. More than 4,000 health providers, advocates and facilitators are educated annually through more than 90 offerings across the United States. These include five-day courses, certificate courses, workshops, seminars, self-study modules, national and international conferences. Educational offerings are held at hospitals, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Programs, health department training facilities, colleges, and other locations suitable for adult education. Continuing education units are available to registered dietitians, registered nurses, certified lactation counselors and internationally board certified lactation consultants through long-term provider agreements.
Healthy Children faculty are leaders in the field who are recognized for their evidence-based scholarship as well as their clinical experience. Faculty serve in leadership positions in maternal and child health coalitions on the regional and national level. Healthy Children is a founding member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), and invited member of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium and a member of the National Healthy Mothers/ Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB).
Karin Cadwell, PhD, FAAN, RN, IBCLC is the Executive Director of Healthy Children and the Lead Faculty. Dr. Cadwell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation. She is a member of the US Breastfeeding Committee, convener of the US UNICEF/WHO implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Baby Friendly USA, Chair of the National Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Breastfeeding Committee and Leader of the Eisenhower Foundation international delegations on breastfeeding and human lactation. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and was awarded the designation IBCLC in 1985 for “significant contribution to the field” and has also certified by exam. Her most recent books include Case Studies in Breastfeeding: Problem Solving Skills and Strategies, Reclaiming Breastfeeding in the United States: promotion, protection and support and Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation: A guide for the practitioner.
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