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Giving Tuesday may be over, but we have more powerful stories about the dynamic people who make up the USBC Board of Directors to share with you!

Each of their unique stories reflects back to us why we are in this work, and why our efforts to transform the landscape of breastfeeding support are so important.

As someone who cares about babies & families, can we call on you to take the next step and become a donor to the USBC with a gift of $15?

Today we spotlight Paulina Erices, MS, BS Psych, IBCLC, IMH-E II, &
Elected Director of the USBC Board

Paulina Erices is the mother of three multicultural Latino children, the Whole Community Inclusion Program Manager for Jefferson County Public Health, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Colorado, and new Elected Director on the USBC Board of Directors!

Paulina is deeply committed to meeting the needs and highlighting the strengths of families in her community, offering her extensive expertise alongside an unwavering belief in the power of community-led solutions.

Serving as one of the coordinators of Adelante, the Latino Network for Health and Education, Paulina works to bring community voices to the decision-making table. 

Adelante Familias 2019, celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and celebrating our 12 lactation counselors.

In 2020, we celebrated online with a Zoom meeting and continue to celebrate all year long!

My older son, Santiago, at Lifespan Local, after volunteering to prepare 1,000 backpacks with school supplies. Latino families care deeply about education and it's a priority for them to provide what is needed for their children's success in school.

Consejeras de Lactancia work hard to support families to provide human milk as the first food and ensure access to food for kids and their families. They treat families with dignity, respect, and share their joy.

As you can see, Paulina's energy and drive have extended to her three children, who frequently volunteer alongside her. 

Using her training in psychology and organizational leadership, Paulina works at all levels of the system, providing perinatal and infant mental health support, building community capacity to navigate health and education systems, advancing linguistic and culturally responsive practices, and establishing community-led programs. 

During the ongoing pandemic, this work has been especially critical. 

 

Our Latin community has been disproportionally impacted by COVID due to the multiple barriers to care and a lack of appropriate protections at work.

The Community Navigators have been active since early in the pandemic sharing accurate information with the community and informing agencies, organizations, and institutions as they implement effective strategies to keep the community healthy and safe.

Paulina and colleagues at the first bilingual and multicultural COVID testing site providing wraparound services led by Community Navigators.

We hope that the inspiring stories of USBC Board Members like Paulina have helped you feel like you know USBC just a little bit better and that you are as inspired as we are to show up and help make a difference.

Help us reach our Giving Tuesday campaign goal of $5,000 by making a donation to the USBC in honor of all those who share Paulina's commitment to the community.

They are what USBC is about. They make us shine.

Thank you!

In Solidarity,
U.S. Breastfeeding Committee

 

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