Leveraging Existing Resources to Achieve Breastfeeding Equity

Recognizing there was significant racial inequity in breastfeeding among African American mothers, the Kent County Health Department (KCHD), in Grand Rapids, Michigan, deemed the disparity unacceptable and convened a group of stakeholders to discuss this issue and ways to address it. Only 53% of African…

How We Got Comprehensive Sex Ed in Rural Kentucky

A few years ago, two high schoolers got pregnant in Lee County, KY. One of them didn’t know that birth control could prevent pregnancy. The other didn’t know she was pregnant, because she had never been taught how it happens or progresses. This rural area…

Fighting STDs with Intention in St. Louis

Despite the efforts of local public health agencies, healthcare providers, community-based organizations and many other partners and stakeholders, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis rates in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) are on the rise. The St. Louis MSA is a geographic region comprised of…

Providing lactation services in 20 rural counties in KS

LAACT Action provides prenatal breastfeeding education and lactation consultations for mothers throughout 20 counties in Central & Western Kansas with no cost sharing. Through a 3 year grant awarded by the Kansas Health Foundation, this project provides much needed assistance to mothers in rural settings…