• RSG Wellness Workshop: Best Practices for Breastfeeding / What Employers and Employees Need to Know

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    Name: RSG Wellness Workshop: Best Practices for Breastfeeding / What Employers and Employees Need to Know
    Date: September 27, 2018
    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:
    Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series
    Presented by Mackenzie
    *Event hosted in their 2nd story conference room in the Hudson Building
    • Thursday, September 27th (Always the 4th Monday, except Nov/Dec)
    • Doors open at 11:30am for a healthy lunch by Chick-fil-A (wraps, salads, fruit, grilled chicken, and more)
    • Program begins at noon and ends at 1pm. 
    Topic: Best Practices for Breastfeeding / What Employers and Employees Need to Know

    The goal is to provide a venue for discussion on the best practices by employers large and small to support a breastfeeding mother. Understanding the needs, obstacles, and how small adjustments can make a tremendous impact to both the employee and the company will be at the heart of this discussion. 

    Speakers:  Jennifer Dickison, WIC Coordinator for Clark County & Yasmina Aknin, Healthy Communities Program Coordinator 

    Moderator: Tricia Pace, Sea Mar Community Health Centers

    Panelists: Hester Carr (Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Legacy Health), Jamie Erdman (Owner Thatcher's Coffee), & Melissa Martin (Clark County Public Health).

    About the panelists:

    Hester Carr is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Legacy Health.  With a Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington, she is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse whose function is to improve outcomes in patient care. Hester lead Legacy Health’s Baby-Friendly Breastfeeding Designation effort culminating in the achievement of this honor in 2015 for the six-hospital system. A member of the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative, Hester sits on the Regional Advisory Board for the Maternal Data Center. She holds the Nursing position on the board of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

    Jamie Erdman opened Thatcher's Coffee over eight years ago with the intention to create a warm, light-filled space for the community coupled with stellar products and genuine hospitality. Thatcher's mission is to serve others, inspire people to be their best selves and give back to the community. They believe by being a little extra nice and facilitating human connection that this will have a ripple effect of positive change in our own community. Erdman is now the sole-owner of Thatcher's and co-parents a slightly hilarious nine-year-old girl named Lucy. Jamie remembers returning to work, in her former position, and having to pump in a makeshift closet in the corner of the backroom. While building out Thatcher's Coffee she was still breastfeeding and considered creating a space where people with young kids would feel welcomed.  Aligning with the values and vision of her shop, breastfeeding isn't even thought of as a "thing" as everyone should feel welcomed and unjudged.  While not working or thinking about work, Jamie spends many hours running trails through forests and on mountains.

    Melissa Martin MPH, is a program coordinator for Clark County Public Health. She works with worksites, schools and throughout the community to increase access to healthy foods and promote physical activity.  She has over 12 years of experience leading worksite wellness efforts and providing technical assistance to employers implementing programs.  She believes everyone deserves to work, learn and play in healthy environments.  

    About the moderator:

    Tricia Pace is the Lactation Promotion Supervisor for Sea Mar Community Health Centers.  In this role, she provides management of the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program and promotes and implements breastfeeding support activities for Sea Mar at large.  Tricia earned her BS in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Tennessee and is a Registered Dietitian and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  Tricia has worked in or with the Supplemental Nutrition and Education Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for many years and is an ardent supporter of efficacious practices that nurture and nourish individuals, families, and communities. 

    About the speakers:

    Jennifer Dickison is Sea Mar Community Health Center’s WIC Coordinator for Clark County.  Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian working for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as the WIC Program, for the past 17 years.  Jennifer is also the acting chair for the Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition going on 2 years.  Jennifer’s career has been spent educating families about healthy life styles through nutrition with breastfeeding being a major focus.  Jennifer’s goal is for all families in our community to have equal access to the tools they need to feed their children and make the best choices they can for their family.

    Event Sponsors:
    Mackenzie - 2nd story conference room
    101 E 6th Street #200
    Vancouver WA 98660
    Date/Time Information:
    Doors open at 11:30am for Lunch
    Program begins at noon
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