CHICAGO: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training

August 19-23, 2019 - Chicago, IL

HealthConnect One is offering this 5-day training as part of our collaboration with the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), for the IL State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (ISPAN) Initiative to increase community support for breastfeeding in the state of Illinois.

This training is offered as a scholarship opportunity for up to 15 individuals who support underserved communities and people of color living in the state of Illinois. Candidates for this training must have at least 3 months of past or current breastfeeding experience. Training participants will be selected based on the criteria included in the application, and priority will be given to people under 40, people of color, and people serving and/or living in underserved communities of Illinois.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you must submit a completed application by July 1, 2019 at 4pm CT. All applicants will be notified by July 26, 2019. For any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Brenda Reyes at or 312.513.0395.

A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a woman who had a successful breastfeeding experience and is interested in supporting other women in her community to nurse their babies.

HealthConnect One’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training leads to dramatic increases in breastfeeding rates — especially in communities that are experiencing marginalization because of race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, culture and/or language.

A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor’s goals are to:

    • Offer culturally appropriate support and information
    • Identify and address barriers in the local community
    • Enhance communication and counseling skills
    • Provide strategies to manage breastfeeding challenges
    • Help women achieve their breastfeeding goals
    • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Programs are incorporated into existing community-based maternal and child health initiatives so that both staff and constituents from underserved communities learn strategies to encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

This training is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administered by the Illinois Public Health Institute in collaboration with partners in the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity.

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