COVID-19 virus has been deemed a public health pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. During this time, birthing communities of color and African-American families need continuity of support, affirmation and emotional support. The African-American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) has been providing peer support that is trusted and rooted in the community for over 10 years. They focus on supporting African-American families from birth through postpartum period. Dalvery Blackwell, AABN’s Executive Director, will share why this approach is imperative during this public health crises. She will also share in this webinar how they are continuing to support families during these challenging times and are effectively continuing to support families in Milwaukee. AABN is also a national leader in first food equity and advocate for African-American families. AABN also convenes and supports doulas in the community to support them in providing support for families.
This webinar will cover the following:
• Discuss the importance of continuity of support from trusted peer in the community during this public health pandemic
• Importance of community-rooted based support for birthing parents and breastfeeding parents
• Adapting services due to COVID-19 and impact of public health pandemic on community
• Feel hopeful and supported