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To improve Connecticut's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
• To assure access to comprehensive, current, and culturally appropriate lactation care and service for all women, children and families.
• To ensure that breastfeeding is recognized as the normal and preferred method of feeding infants and young children.
• To ensure that all Federal, State, and local laws relating to child welfare and family law recognize and support the importance and practice of breastfeeding.
• To increase protection, promotion, and support for breastfeeding mothers in the workforce.
In July 2001, the Department of of Public Health convened representatives from local health departments, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC), American Academy of Pediatrics, hospitals, community health centers, La Leche League of Connecticut, lactation consultants, nurses, nutritionists, parent educators, consumers, and formed the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) to promote and support breastfeeding as the norm for infant and child feeding in Connecticut.
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CBC welcomes a diverse board and membership that accurately reflects the population who we aim to serve.
We therefore encourage those who are interested in serving on the board to contact Michele Vancour for more information.
Michele Vancour, PhD, MPH
Term Ends 2017
Mailing Address: 95 Rustic Oak Dr. Southington, CT 06489
Michele is a professor of public health at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Throughout her fourteen year tenure, her time has been split between administrative and academic responsibilities. She was the founder and director of the University’s Wellness Center for ten years, but stepped down in January 2008 to dedicate more time to developing and improving work-family initiatives on campus in consultation with Human Resources.
She has comprehensive knowledge of work-family issues, having thoroughly reviewed the literature in preparation for several research studies involving academic mothers and fathers, female graduate students, and their role balance and health-promoting behaviors. In particular, the results of her research led to the implementation of several work-family initiatives at SCSU, including the establishment of a lactation support program, creation of policies and guidelines, trainings, courses, and the implementation of a series of work-family conferences.
Annually, Michele teaches a maternal and child health course that focuses on related programs and practices. This course allows her students to examine breastfeeding as a preventive strategy mothers’ and babies. As a result of the topics discussed and explored in class through readings, guest lectures, observations, current events, and videos many of her students pursue internships and additional educational opportunities in the areas of maternal and child health.
Michele is the current president of the College and University Work-Family Association (CUWFA). Previously, as a member of the CUWFA board, she planned two national conferences: one sponsored by Harvard University on their campus, and one sponsored by the University of California—San Diego off campus at a resort. She also created a conference planning guide and continues to serve the conference planning committees in her role as president. CUWFA members repeatedly dialogue about establishing and maintaining lactation rooms and practices on their campuses. Supporting breastfeeding mothers is presently a major focus of most universities work/life initiatives.
This Position is Currently Open
Christine Purnell Chase, ASA, MAAA
Chris earned her BS in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University and has been an actuary at Connnecticut insurance companies for more than 20 years. She started her career at Aetna. She is currently Vice President for pharmacy trend managment in Healthcare Economics at UnitedHealth Group.
Christine Bracken, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Board Member & Liaison to Employment Committee
Christine is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Central Connecticut State University and Masters in Nursing Education at the University of Hartford. Christine spent the majority of her nursing career at The Hospital of Central Connecticut as a NICU/Nursery nurse and lactation consultant.
Pamela Beaulieu, BS, CLC
Board Member and Liaison to Public Health Infrastructure Committee
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Pamela Beaulieu is employed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) in the Community, Family and Health Equity Section in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or the WIC as a Nutrition Consultant and Breastfeeding Co-Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of New Haven and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. Over the course of 13 years, Pam worked as a Program Nutritionist and Breastfeeding Coordinator in the following local WIC agencies: Torrington, Bristol and New Britain.;
While working at the New Britain WIC program, Pam was able to connect with the Support for Parenting and Pregnant Teens program (SPPT) at New Britain High School. She was able to provide WIC services and breastfeeding support to teen moms. Pam is fortunate in her new role at the DPH that she can assist other local WIC agencies to form collaborations with SPPT programs in their areas and hopefully make this focus a passion for other WIC Nutritionists. Pam will contribute her knowledge of WIC breastfeeding promotion and support strategies and serve as a CBC liaison to DPH to improve the state’s public health infrastructure around breastfeeding. Pam has been married to her husband, Pierre, for the past 13 years and has three beautiful/smart/highly active/keep-mommy-on-her-toes children: Philip, Patrick and Paige.
Susan Jackman, MS, RD, CLC
Board Member and Liaison to Communities Committee
Susan earned a Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a local WIC Nutritionist for 3 years at the Norwalk Health Department, then as a WIC Nutrition Consultant at the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Board Member and Liaison to Research and Surveillance Committee
Rachel Jackson is a community member who became involved with the Connecticut Breastfeeding Collation after being called for jury duty while she was nursing her son. After working closely with members of the CBC Board on CT Bill 194 An Act Regarding the Postponement of Jury Duties for Breastfeeding Mothers, Rachel realized her desire to become more involved with the CBC.
Kathy Mason, MA, RNC, IBCLC
Certifications: Inpatient OB and EFM
Board Member and Liaison to Health Care Sector
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital New London, CT
Kathy has been a nurse for more than 33 years. She first became involved in maternity services in 1982 and was Nurse Manager of the Post Partum, Labor and Delivery Unit and the NICU. She was responsible for the development of the LDRP and acted as Manager for 14 years.
Ellen Miller, La Leche League Leader
Board Member and Liaison to Mothers and Families Sector
Ellen graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English, which evolved into a career in medical and scientific editing.
After the birth of her daughter, Ellen became involved with La Leche League as a new mother and meeting attendee. Four years ago, she was accredited as a group Leader. She leads monthly meetings on the Connecticut shoreline, providing information and support to mothers by phone and email, and is passionate about mother-to-mother, peer-to-peer support and helping mothers achieve their individual breastfeeding goals.
As a CBC board member and liaison to the Mothers and Their Families sector, Ellen is currently coordinating the Coalition’s participation on ZipMilk.org, a website established by the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition to provide contact information for local breastfeeding resources to nursing mothers.