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OBA announces our first 2015 Member Meeting, on Friday, June 5th, 2015, at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St, Westerville, Ohio. Here is the agenda for the day:
- 10:00-12 noon: OBA General Member Meeting
- I. Review of 2014 Activities
- II. 2014 Financial Report
- III. Announcements: 2015 Executive Committee Elections, Current Project Reports
- IV. 2015 Budget
- V. 2015 Goals and Projects, including Ohio First Steps involvement, continuing Best Fed Beginnings projects, continuing Capacity Building project.
- VI. Formation of and volunteers for committees, standing and special
- 12 noon-1:00 pm: Lunch on your own; please bring a lunch, or there are several inexpensive restaurants nearby
- 1:00-3:30 pm: Coalitions Roundtables
- Participate in working towards connecting local coalitions to resources in Ohio and beyond, for breastfeeding, funding, governance, and other needs; discussing ways OBA can support local/regional coalitions – how can we contribute to your success; forming specific task force groups to tackle specific projects.
Please RSVP if you can attend to email@example.com. You can send any questions you have to this address as well. We are looking forward to welcoming you on June 5th!
More news about breastfeeding events and conferences in Ohio:
The Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative has initiated a program through their partners, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Hospital Association, to encourage hospitals to support breastfeeding. Ohio First Steps rewards hospitals for progress on guidelines created to support breastfeeding by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. You can get more information and contact the program directors through this website OBA is looking forward to supporting hospitals interested in pursuing this initiative.
Is your healthcare facility interested in promoting and protecting breastfeeding? Here's an important first step: Support the WHO Code for Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes by removing advertising and marketing about infant formula from your healthcare setting. Visit BanTheBags.org for detailed information about why and how removing free formula samples and advertising supports breastfeeding. You can also visit our Resources page for Healthcare Providers to find more links to great information on supporting breastfeeding in your clinical setting.
The Ohio Department of Health released Ohio's Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease. This includes an objective that targets breastfeeding as an important preventative factor in reducing chronic disease. OBA is a partner for implementation of Objective 1.14: "By 2018, increase the percent of babies who are breastfed while in the hospital." (pg. 23)
OBA is seeking new Leadership Board members representing the regions in Ohio. For more information about OBA regions, please see our map. Regional Representatives are appointed to the OBA Leadership Board by their local coalitions seeking representation and participation in the state coalition. Please contact your local coalition and let them know you are interested in representing them, or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.