2019 Keynote Presenters

Jacqueline Wolf, PHD

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Jackie Wolf, PHD
is a professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University. She specializes in the history of medicine, specifically the history of birth and breastfeeding practices in the United States. She is the author of many articles, published in many venues, including the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Breastfeeding Medicine, the Journal of Human Lactation, and Milbank Quarterly. She is the author of three books. Her most recent book, Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018. Her last two books were funded by multi-year grants from the National Institutes of Health.


Rich vs. Poor, Native Born vs. Immigrant, Mother vs. Mother:  The Story of Wet Nursing in the United States
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Human Milk and Human Health: The Latest Research on the Relationship Between Breastfeeding & Lifelong Health - Printable PDF Presentation

Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND

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Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND
is Director and Assistant Professor at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill. Catherine received her BS in Dietetics from East Carolina University and her MPH in Nutrition from UNC. She is a registered/licensed dietitian and a board certified lactation consultant with over 22 years of public health nutrition and breastfeeding experience. Catherine serves as course coordinator for the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a CAAHEP accredited pathway 2 lactation training program. She serves as CGBI’s Principal Investigator on the core leadership team of CDC’s EMPower Breastfeeding and EMPower Training initiatives.  She serves as PI on two new projects, ENRICH Carolinas and RISE (Reclaiming, Improving and Sustaining Equity): Lactation Training Model.  She is a co-investigator on the Couplet Care Bassinet™ project.  Catherine served as State Breastfeeding Coordinator in the NC Division of Public Health from 2006-2013 and has worked at the local level as a WIC Director and as field faculty for NC State’s Cooperative Extension Service. Additionally, she has been a faculty member and clinician in the Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. Catherine served on the executive board of the NC Breastfeeding Coalition for ten years. She is past Co-Chair of the NC Lactation Consultant Association, and past elected director to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Currently she serves as the Nominating Committee Chair for the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was inducted as a Fellow for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2017.  

New WHO Revised Guidance on BFHI & Tips for Designated Hospitals Keeping Up with Prenatal QI - Printable PDF Handout

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative - The Role of WIC - Printable PDF Presentation

Ready-to-Use Materials for Counseling Pregnant Women on Breastfeeding Plus Strategies - Printable PDF Presentation

Deconstructing Fake Equity: Lessons Learned from a Dominant Culture Institution - Printable PDF Presentation & Equity Resources Printable PDF Handout

Kirsten Krane, MS-MPH, RDN

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Kirsten Krane, MS-MPH, RDN
has been learning and leading breastfeeding-related projects since she first began her career at the Ravalli County WIC office in 2008. In 2010-12, while in the Peace Corp, Kirsten taught maternal and child health classes at a community college in Guyana, South America and authored a weekly health column in the national newspaper for almost two years. Upon returning to Montana in 2012, she led the Blackfeet Community Hospital’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, making it the 2nd hospital in the state to become designated in 2014. Kirsten now works to design and manage projects for Boston Medical Center’s ‘Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research’ (CHEER) and has assisted more than 50 hospitals and communities across the nation to catalyze change and improve breastfeeding and maternity care practices. She also runs a private consulting business out of East Glacier Park, MT that focuses on grant writing, evaluation, and healthcare improvement services in Native and rural communities.

Creating Change: Getting Your Organization Started
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