The 2023 Motown Experience: Birth & Breastfeeding Conference
Hollywood Casino Hotel at Greektown | Detroit, MI
July 26 – 28, 2023
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The goal of the Motown Experience: Birth & Breastfeeding Conference is to provide an immersive exploration of Detroit’s maternal-child-health landscape while amplifying local and national efforts to positively impact birth & breastfeeding outcomes for Black families.
Direct Service: Describe programs and services with group or one-to-one encounters with clients or program participants that focus on achieving more satisfying birth and breastfeeding outcomes.
Training and Education: List training and education programs that provide culturally-appropriate strategies, information, skills and actions steps for maternal child health workers, supporters, providers and/or professionals.
Advocacy and Policy: State current efforts used to influence change and mobilize the public and private sectors towards actionable policies and practices for the advancement of equitable breastfeeding support for Black families.
Birth and Breastfeeding Innovation: Explain how high-tech and low-tech innovations are used to advance equity in birth & breastfeeding.
Organizational and Programmatic Sustainability: Identify opportunities to develop and increase organizational and programmatic capacity and sustainability.
Artist Highlight: Describe creative expressions that amplify the experiences of Black motherhood.
BLACK BREASTFEEDING CAUCUS ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday Afternoon, July 26, 2023
The mission of the Black Breastfeeding Caucus is to mobilize families, communities, and public/private institutions to create strategies, make decisions and implement action steps that result in equitable breastfeeding support for black families. The BBC Annual Meeting is a reserved space for Black people to address and advocate for racial equity in breastfeeding support. The annual meeting is open to both current and potential members who self-identify as Black with an intentional purpose of working on behalf of the community.
Wednesday Early Evening, July 26, 2023
The conference kicks off with the opening keynote speaker, silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and Motown sounds.
MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH IMMERSIVE BUS TOUR
Thursday Morning & Afternoon, July 27, 2023
Enjoy a maternal child health immersive experience like never before. Participate in site visits to several of Motown’s traditional and non-traditional maternal child health service providers that are having strong impacts and positive outcomes for mothers and babies. See innovative models, tour sites and learn from program staff and participants about their birth and breastfeeding practices.
THE MOTOWN CONNECTION
Thursday Evening, July 27, 2023
Detroit is the birthplace of Motown and, in a nod to this legacy so special to the city and Black culture, the Motown Connection will allow participants to let loose! From karaoke to a silent auction, enjoy an evening of dinner, networking, and entertainment at this event hosted by TBD. Motown costumes are encouraged, but optional.
TRADITIONAL LEARNING SESSIONS
Friday Morning & Early Afternoon, July 28, 2023
Enjoy lectures, plenaries, panels, masterclasses and workshop sessions from a diverse group of field builders and maternal-child-health experts. Develop a better understanding of ways to address the specific socio-cultural needs of Black families as related to birth and breastfeeding. Explore and examine leading information about the most current practices, studies, experiences and program models. Sessions focus on direct service, training & education, advocacy & policy, birth & breastfeeding innovation, organizational & programmatic sustainability and artist highlight.