August 4, 2009
Rush University Medical Center Hosts Conference Examining
Experts from Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Department of Public Health and Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association to Speak
At the conference, experts from
Myrtis Sullivan, associate director of the Office of Family Health,
Illinois Department of Human Services, will be discussing
¨ Dr. Terry Mason, commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health, is scheduled to speak about the importance of breastfeeding to the reduction in health risks throughout the lifespan. Recent studies show that breastfeeding reduces the risk for infection, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases throughout the lifespan, and as such is the primary foundation for health.
Keynote speaker Kiddada Ramey, president of the
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association in
“By bringing experts in the field together for this
conference, we will identify hospital-community partnership strategies to
increase the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration among
“Our goal is to identify geographic areas and populations within Chicago neighborhoods that have low rates of breastfeeding and to discuss the most effective ways we can reduce those breastfeeding disparities,” said Meier.
Anne and Ken Griffin are sponsoring the event.
Continuing education credits applied for from the
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Rush University College of Nursing is an
approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses
Association, an accredited approver by the
The conference cost is $25. For more information or to register for the event, please call 312-942-4932.