The United States Breastfeeding Committee for 2019 selected several individuals nationwide to receive special awards, which include complimentary registration, hotel, and travel to the USBC’s Ninth National Breastfeeding Coalition Convening in June 2019.
Cultural Change-Maker Award
This award is for leaders and members of cultural breastfeeding coalitions and community-based organizations actively engaged in the birth and breastfeeding fields. Eight awards were bestowed for 2019. We’re proud to have two awardees attending from Minnesota. They are:
I am a wife and mother of 3 young children. Outside of spending time with my family, I am a lifelong learner of new things to better not just myself but my community as well. My role as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the last year has brought me a tremendous amount of joy. I enjoy meeting new families and supporting their breastfeeding journey. I take great pride in the impact that I can have on families during one of the most life-changing events they can have.
Nyob zoo – Hello! My name is Tiffany Pao Yang. I am the fifth daughter of Hmong refugees from Thailand. I am originally from small-town Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but today I consider myself a big-city Hmong Minnesotan. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Life Sciences Communication and certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Today, I am a second year Maternal and Child Health graduate student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, School of Public Health.
Tribal Trailblazer award
This award is for talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders, actively promoting maternal and child health, and breastfeeding support, in their tribes. One leader in Minnesota received this award.
Boozhoo – My name is Natalie Nicholson, I am from Bemidji, Minnesota and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. My parents are Millicent & Bruce Simenson from Bemidji. I am married to John, who is also a public health nurse and we have two awesome daughters, Stella & Mya who are in grade school. I am a certified family nurse practitioner, lactation counselor & public health nurse and work with Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming and Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians as a health care and lactation provider. I help co-facilitate the Indigenous Breastfeeding Coalition of Minnesota as well. I am excited and honored to be one of the recipients of the USBC Tribal Trailblazer award to be able to participate and experience this conference and convening for the first time. Miigwech!