2023 Motown Experience: Birth & Breastfeeding Conference Highlights


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.



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 inspiring keynote address by Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, a renowned healthcare executive, emergency medicine physician, and health policy expert. Dr. Khaldun’s extensive experience and leadership have left an indelible mark in addressing vital public health issues. From her role as Chief Medical Executive for Michigan to her appointment on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to improving healthcare outcomes. Her insightful keynote speech will set the tone for the conference, followed by a silent auction, delightful heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the soulful sounds of Motown. This captivating opening event promises to be an unforgettable experience that sets the stage for the empowering discussions and learning opportunities that await attendees. Learn more about our opening keynote speaker!


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. Learn more.


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 Media Personality, Randi Rossario. Motown costumes are encouraged, but optional.


Friday Morning & Afternoon, July 28, 2023

Experience a diverse lineup of lectures, panels, workshops, and masterclasses led by maternal-child-health experts at The 2023 Motown Experience: Birth & Breastfeeding Conference. Gain insights into addressing the socio-cultural needs of Black families in birth and breastfeeding. Learn about the latest practices, studies, and program models. Don’t miss Dr. Renée Canady, CEO of the Michigan Public Health Institute, as our Friday keynote speaker. Dr. Canady is a recognized national thought leader. Her extensive experience includes spearheading innovative programs and contributing to influential boards, positioning her as an expert in the field. Prepare to be inspired as she shares her knowledge and insights during this pivotal session. Click here to learn more about Dr.Renée Canady.

Throughout the conference, you will have the opportunity to engage with these esteemed experts and field leaders who are driving positive change in maternal-child health. Sessions focus on direct service, training & education, advocacy & policy, birth & breastfeeding innovation, organizational & programmatic sustainability and artist highlight. Meet the esteemed experts and field leaders who are leading these sessions.