Minnesota

Ensure families have access to the breastfeeding services they need, and have better health outcomes, by developing sustainable partnerships across maternal and child health organizations.

Initiative Status:
Active since 2018

Led By:
Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota

Ensure families have access to the breastfeeding services they need, and have better health outcomes, by developing sustainable partnerships across maternal and child health organizations.

Check out what's available to state & local leaders

Initiative Status:
Active since 2018

Led By:
Minnesota Department of Health

THE PROBLEM

Quality care is not accessible to all Minnesota families

In some areas, high quality, culturally appropriate breastfeeding and healthcare services may not exist. If quality services exist, families may not know about them. If families know about the services, they may not be able to access them at the right time or at all.

These barriers have a large impact on families’ health outcomes, and disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people with limited income, and rural populations.

THE CAUSES

Why is this happening?

Socio-economic status impacts breastfeeding rates

Families with limited income encounter greater barriers to breastfeeding, such as lack of access to prenatal education, paid maternity leave, or workplace accomodations. In 2021, breastfeeding initiation rates for non-WIC infants were 93.6% compared to only 80.9% for infants enrolled in WIC.1

MINNESOTA BREASTFEEDING INITIATION AMONG NON-WIC & WIC INFANTS, 2021

93.6%

of non-WIC infants in Minnesota initiated breastfeeding.1

80.9%

of WIC-enrolled infants in Minnesota initiated breastfeeding.1

Racial disparities are evident across the state for breastfeeding initiation

From 2020 to 2021, overall breastfeeding initiation went from 89.4 to 88.9%. The biggest declines were in populations with already-lower rates of initiation.1

MINNESOTA BREASTFEEDING INITIATION, 2021

WIC breastfed infants are supplemented with formula at high rates

In 2021, Minnesota’s average breastfeeding exclusively rate among WIC-enrolled infants was 32.7%, well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 85.8%.1

BREASTFEEDING EXCLUSIVITY AMONG WIC-ENROLLED INFANTS DURING HOSPITAL STAY, 2021

Relationships across maternal and child health organizations need strengthening

Connections across communities — including hospitals and other maternal and child health organizations — could be strengthened or developed to promote collaboration, communication, and referrals.

THE INITIATIVE

Improve families’ access to care

The Minnesota Community Collaboration Project focuses on improving families’ access to adequate breastfeeding services and other evidence-based maternity care practices.

Maternal and child health organizations are provided resources and support for developing sustainable partnerships that work toward improving breastfeeding rates by addressing access to services, continuity of care, and consistent messaging. State and local organizations can benefit from…

LOCAL RESOURCES & SUPPORT

What’s Available to Local Leaders

Coffective works alongside local organizations to focus on achieving shared goals related to increasing access to care for the maternal and child health population. The opportunities below are available in your state.

STATE PARTNER COORDINATION

What’s Available to State Programs / Organizations

Partner Profiles

Gather information about programs, reach, data sources, priority areas, funding opportunities, and local networks.

Local Network Surveys

Survey local networks to understand their needs, priorities, partnerships, successes, and progressive programming.

Landscape Analysis Report

Access a landscape analysis report that compiles statewide partner profiles with recommendations on potential priority, focus area, collaboration, and funding opportunity alignment. This opportunity is also available for regional-level programs and health systems.

TIMELINE

Partnership History

Since 2018, Coffective and the Minnesota Department of Health have partnered to support community success across the state. See how our journey has evolved!

2018
2019
2020
2021

2018

2018

Community needs assessed through statewide surveys and reports.

State WIC leaders provided technical assistance on state and local partner coordination.

2019

2019

Breastfeeding coalitions’ needs surveyed and provided custom reports.

Pilot of three local WIC agencies provided technical assistance on partner coordination.

Relationship-building webinars and toolkits provided.

2020

2020

Pilot of five local WIC agencies provided technical assistance on partner coordination.

All local organizations given access to Community Match.

Peer sharing webinars conducted.

2021

2021

Community partnership technical assistance available to five local WIC agencies.

All local organizations have access to Community Match and Organization Profiles on the Resource Platform.

Peer sharing webinars conducted.

State partner one-on-one meetings conducted.

Learn more about Minnesota’s initiative

Find out more about the initiatives, tools, and activities available to Minnesota maternal and child health organizations.

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