Bridging the Gap Between Lactation Specialists & Physicians (2004-2006)
Trainees: Jennifer Jackson & Shontae Buffington with Cindy Nguyen & KC Cumbermack (Pediatric Residents)
CHPT Site: Yuba Community Collaborative at Harmony Health Family Resource Center
Synopsis: Dr. Jennifer Jackson came into her project knowing she wanted to work on lactation awareness, but she didn't quite know how much her partner community wanted to work in it with her! With two internationally-certified lactation specialists onsite, the Yuba Community Collaborative's partner, Harmony Health, was still having a hard time getting local pediatricians to talk with new moms about breastfeeding, or to even talk with the Specialists.
Enter Jennifer and her project. Working with the Lactation Specialists, fellow residents KC and Cindy, and UC Davis Pediatrician Caroline Chantry, Jennifer created a talk that could be targeted specifically to local pediatricians. KC worked with UC Davis to get any physicians in attendance Continuing Medical Education credits, and the Collaborative sponsored lunch.
Two years after Jennifer began the project, the talk was finally given in July of 2006, by resident Shontae Buffington, also a new, breastfeeding mother. Shontae's delivery - with Lactation Specialist Elizabeth VanSant - was a well-received success, attended by more than thirty local health professionals.
Keywords: rural health, infant nutrition, breastfeeding, health access