Event schedule

March 9, 2018

7:30 am – 8:15 am
Check-in & hot breakfast

Check-in and enjoy a full breakfast before the conference begins. Our conference will again be catered by Pyramid Catering.

8:20 am – 8:30 am
Opening Remarks
Opening remarks from REACHE President, Katie Rohs.
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Historical Trauma, Racism and White Privilege: The Barriers to Breastfeeding Success - Camie Goldhammer MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton)

Too often when discussing barriers to breastfeeding there tends to be a focus on education, poverty and familial support.  However, when we truly look at the causes of health disparities and inequities it is racism and discrimination that are at fault. For many of us this can be a difficult realization and conversation to have. In this session Ms. Goldhammer will discuss how Communities of Color are impacted by intergenerational trauma specifically when it comes to attachment and bonding as well as the role that racism and white privilege play in today’s modern day field of lactation. She will conclude with ways in which we can create meaningful impact and further advance racial equity in our field and most importantly in the communities we serve.

10:00 am -10:30 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Supporting the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Continuum - Ngozi Tibbs MPH, LCCE, IBCLC
We will discuss the interconnectedness of birth and breastfeeding and the role that cultural humility plays in the delivery of quality care for the birthing family. We will also discuss the influence of interventions and medications on the birth and breastfeeding experience and how to protect the continuum at home.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Seeing the Racial Water - Robin DiAngelo PhD

Most professional development sessions addressing race focus on people of color. What is so often left examined is the “water” people of color must navigate. This talk will ask, “What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race?” Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Description coming soon.
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A Panel Discussion With Our Speakers and Reena Vasavada-Parikh, MD

In this panel we will further dive into the topic of cultural differences and racial disparities and how they impact childbearing families. This panel will be comprised of our three speakers plus local OB/GYN Dr Reena Vasavada-Parikh. Dr Vasavada-Parikh cares for patients at Evergreen Health. Moderator TBA.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Closing Remarks
Description coming soon.

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