coalición

sobre la

Estado de la misión

Organizar esfuerzos locales para mejorar la salud de nuestra comunidad promoviendo,

educando y Brindar apoyo para la lactancia materna.

Afiliación

La Coalición de Lactancia Materna del Condado de San Joaquín está compuesta por representantes de hospitales locales, programas de WIC, grupos comunitarios, organizaciones sin fines de lucro, planes de salud, agencias gubernamentales del Condado de San Joaquín e individuos interesados. Cualquier persona interesada en la promoción de la lactancia materna en el Condado de San Joaquín es alentada a participar en la Coalición. No hay cuota de membresía.

Objetivos

  • Aumentar el número de médicos y otros proveedores de atención primaria de salud en el Condado de San Joaquín que incluyen asesoramiento y derivación de lactancia / lactancia como parte de la atención de rutina.

  • De acuerdo con los Objetivos Nacionales de Promoción de la Salud y Prevención de Enfermedades de Healthy People 2020, aumente al menos en un 80% la proporción de madres que inician la lactancia materna, aumente al menos en un 60% la proporción que continúa amamantando hasta que sus bebés tengan 6 meses y aumente al menos al 30% de la proporción que continúa amamantando después de un año.

  • Brindar apoyo, información y recursos precisos y consistentes sobre lactancia materna a mujeres, familias, profesionales de la salud y la comunidad.

  • Fomentar políticas y procedimientos favorables a la lactancia materna en todos los hospitales, centros de maternidad, negocios locales y lugares de trabajo de la zona.

  • Educar a los funcionarios del gobierno local de la ciudad y el condado sobre los beneficios de la lactancia materna e involucrarlos en hacer que el condado de San Joaquín sea amigable para los bebés.

Our Staff

Ericka Dorsey, is a proud fourth-generation, former breastfeeding mother of three and has a deep desire to listen to and find solutions to increase breastfeeding rates for Black women and other vulnerable populations. She is also committed to amplifying the voices and stories of black women to both advocate for and inform local policies to ultimately foster improved maternal and child health outcomes and build stronger, holistically supported families. Ericka holds a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education, a BS in Biology from Spelman College, and is also a certified fitness instructor.

“I am super excited to continue on the extraordinary commitment of support, education, recognition, and service to the community that the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County is known for.”

Coalition Meeting Information 

Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly Coalition meetings!

 

Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County meetings are held on the 

second Monday of each month from 10:00 am-12:00 pm* 

 

***THERE WILL BE NO IN PERSON MEETINGS***

 

Starting Monday, May 11th, 2020

ALL Coalition Meetings will be held virtually, 

DUE TO COVID-19 and the county-wide social distancing requirements.

 

 Join our mailing list today, to be sure not to miss the invite!

 

Meet the Staff

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Tamesha Valverde, IBCLC

Administrative Coordinator 

Stockton native and mother of two teenage boys, Tamesha Valverde is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and has worked in our community supporting breastfeeding families for over 16 years through the WIC program. As the former Vice President for BreastfeedSJC, she very knowledgeable in the needs of the community. She is passionate about advocating for breastfeeding and connecting women with resources.

Meet the Board

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Ericka Dorsey,MEd., CLEC

President

I am super excited to continue on the extraordinary commitment of support, education, recognition, and service to the community that the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County is known for.”

Ericka Dorsey, is a proud fourth-generation, former breastfeeding mother of three and has a deep desire to listen to and find solutions to increase breastfeeding rates for Black women and other vulnerable populations. She is also committed to amplifying the voices and stories of black women to both advocate for and inform local policies to ultimately foster improved maternal and child health outcomes and build stronger, holistically supported families. Ericka holds a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education, a BS in Biology from Spelman College, and is also a certified fitness instructor. 

 

As a maternal and infant health consultant, she has contracted with organizations such as the California Breastfeeding Coalition to offer expertise in research in maternal/infant health to curate educational news and advocacy content through the Coalition’s social media platforms. She is also the co-founder of Flourishing Families, a community-based nonprofit centered around motherhood, breastfeeding, and wellness support for black mothers based in the San Joaquin County.

 

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Erin Reynolds,BA

Vice President

“Growing up in Stockton, I have seen firsthand how limited access to resources coupled with poor policy decisions can be detrimental to the well-being of a community. Working with the Coalition is an opportunity to help address and influence local policy to better support our breastfeeding families”

Erin Reynolds, a Stockton Native, works as a Community Outreach Specialist for Public Health Advocates. She has spearheaded their Breastfeeding Policy work through the REACH Program addressing racial inequities for breastfeeding support and resources in Stockton. 

 

A two time breastfeeding mom and now advocate, she is passionate about influencing change in the community through policy and believes that access to a healthy lifestyle should be a right and not a privilege. Having returned to Stockton after receiving her Bachelor’s in Government from CSU Sacramento, she is honored to work in the same communities she grew up in.

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Olivia Millan, IBCLC

Treasurer 

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Olivia Millan, is an IBCLC and Breastfeeding Coordinator at Community Medical Centers WIC Program. She is very passionate about improving the health outcome of the people she serves in the community. Olivia has been involved with the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin since 2000. For the past twenty-two years she has been working hard to help make a difference in the health of the residents in San Joaquin County and to empower mommas to reach their breastfeeding goals.

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Kimberly Smith

Art Director

 

 

Kimberly Smith is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), serving as Program Coordinator for San Joaquin County Public Health Services WIC.  She has worked for the nutrition program in various capacities as a dietitian and CLE for a total of eleven years. 

 

One of her duties as coordinator includes oversight of the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program. She also works collaboratively with programs within Public Health Services and currently serves on the State WIC Outreach Committee. Her attention to detail and amazing organizational skills are a welcomed asset to the BreastfeedSJC Board of Directors.

"I am extremely passionate about working with the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County because of the stellar leadership which strives to bring the highest quality information, support, and resources to community members."

”I believe the work of the Coalition is key to ensure all mothers have access to quality breastfeeding support and resources.” 

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Mary Woelfel, MPH, IBCLC

Advisor

 

 

Mary Woelfel, one of the original founding “Mothers” of the Coalition, has a long standing reputation for breastfeeding advocacy in San Joaquin County and throughout the state of California. She has held multiple board positions within Coalitions at both the state and local level throughout the years. She served as the BreastfeedSJC President for well over 10 years and coordinated key programs such as the San Joaquin County Breastfeeding Initiative. In her retirement, we are proud to have her continue guide and support the BreastfeedSJC as an Advisor. 

“I am proud of all that the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County has done in the past and I am excited to be a part of our new efforts to reach out to the community and strengthen the support for breastfeeding families throughout the County.”

”I believe the work of the Coalition is key to ensure all mothers have access to quality breastfeeding support and resources.” 

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Erin Garcia, RD, IBCLC

Advisor 

 

 

Erin Garcia, a Registered Dietitian and Lactation Consultant, is the previous BreastfeedSJC Board President. She has her Masters of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition from UC Davis. She’s worked with families in the community since 2005 through support, education, and program development. She has a passion for lifting others up and showing them what’s possible. 

”I love working with the Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County because it is an avenue of true collaboration & connections to support the community. Many counties don’t have that, not everyone plays nice together.”

”I believe the work of the Coalition is key to ensure all mothers have access to quality breastfeeding support and resources.” 

 
 
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Advisor

”I believe the work of the Coalition is key to ensure all mothers have access to quality breastfeeding support and resources.” 

Anna Groves is a Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding Coordinator and Peer Counseling Supervisor for Delta Health Care’s WIC program. She has worked in the community for over 15 years through organizations such as La Leche League and the Public Health WIC program. As an experienced breastfeeding mother, she worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for many years and has a background in early childhood education. We are excited to have her share her wealth of knowledge & experience working in the community.

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