Objectives Explain the Strong Cities Strong Community (SC2)

Objectives  Explain the Strong Cities Strong Community (SC2)

Objectives Explain the Strong Cities Strong Community (SC2) Initiative Describe North Central Health Districts role within the SC2 Initiative Identify the SC2 cities Justify the Business Side of Breastfeeding Strong Cities Strong Communities Initiative

Obama Administration established the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) on March 15, 2012. SC2 Council facilitates work between nineteen (19) federal agencies and local city leaders as they implement locally driven economic visions. Strong Cities Strong Communities

Initiative Based on Four (4) Components: Deployed Federal Community Solutions Teams National Resource Network Fellows and AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) Economic Visioning Challenge Increase federal-local collaboration Improve how federal government:

Invests in and delivers technical assistance to advance economic development and job creation SC2 Cities First Round-2012 Chester, PA Detroit, MI Fresno, CA Memphis, TN New Orleans, LA

Cleveland, OH Youngstown, OH Second Round-2014 Brownsville, TX Flint, MI Gary, IN Rockford, IL Rocky Mount, NC St. Louis, MO

Macon, GA Macon, Georgia: SC2 High levels of unemployment High poverty rate High crime Low literacy A declining population A pattern of

disinvestment of business Shows potential of economic development Focus of SC2 in Macon, GA Revitalization of downtown Macon and historic neighborhoods Expansion of regional transportation connectivity to boost economic

competitiveness Investment in people to reduce poverty and crime Public Healths Role-District 52 Vision: All North Central Health District residents will live, learn, work and play in healthy environments. Objective:

By 2017, increase the number of North Central Health District-area workplaces that support breastfeeding families. How we met our objective? Developed mother friendly worksite breastfeeding policy template. Distributed over 700 letters to community businesses, worksites, hospitality industries, schools, and daycares asking that they share

their current written breastfeeding policies. Promoted breastfeeding family friendly worksite policies among all of those businesses by inviting them to a breastfeeding informational session titled: The Business Side of Breastfeeding. The Business Side of Breastfeeding One hour session

on August 17, 2017 Had 26 in attendance: Clinic staff Community businesses Community allies Peer Counselors Local educators State WIC Office

The Business Side of Breastfeeding (cont.) Reviewed data from the U.S. Department of Labor How many women are within the workforce How many women of childbearing age within the workforce How the data has changed over the past couple of years

Business Savings associated with breastfeeding What it looks like to return to work as a breastfeeding mother The Business Side of Breastfeeding (cont.) What it looks like to design a lactation support program:

Flexible Scheduling Lactation Room Milk Storage Educational Support Who can help

Next Steps Our attendees want a part two Evaluate how our attendees feel we can assist them further Do they need policy development assistance? Do they need lactation support program assistance? Do they need resource access? Create a network of breastfeeding friendly businesses within North Central Health District

Establish criteria on how businesses can obtain a Breastfeeding Welcome Here decal for display What Questions Do You Have? Contact Information Kenya McCant, M.Ed, RD, LD, CLC North Central Health District WIC Program 478-218-2010 Desk 478-218-2017 Fax

[email protected] Nutrition Manager/Breastfeeding Coordinator ACTIVITY Group Discussion Instructions: Turn to the person sitting next to you and ask the following question: Name all of the businesses in your district

that you believe could support breastfeeding? Take five (5) minutes to discuss You will be encouraged to share your responses Group Discussion (cont.) Instructions: Turn to the person sitting next to you and ask

the following question: What barriers/challenges do you think the businesses you selected will have with approving breastfeeding in their establishment? Take five (5) minutes to discuss You will be encouraged to share your responses

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