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Increasing Equity in an Infant’s First Food Environment: Loudoun County, VA Breastfeeding Success Stories

By Loudoun County Health Department

Loudoun County created this poster to highlight their local work with breastfeeding. This poster was presented at NWA’s Annual Conference in April 2017 and highlighted the many activities pursued during the CPHMC project.

Loudoun County, VA is a rapidly growing and diversifying county. Between 2000 and 2010, the county saw an 84% population change compared to just a 9% change in the rest of the state. During the same time period in Loudoun, the Hispanic population increased by 282% and the Asian population increased by 407% contributing to diversification. In our community, Hispanic families are 4 times more likely than non-Hispanic families to live below the federal poverty line. The Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition (LPOC) was formed in 2013 and currently has more than 50 members from over 35 diverse community organizations working to create a culture of health for all families in Loudoun County by improving access to community resources, physical activity, and healthy food. The coalition was built and thrives on a strong partnership between LPOC, the Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD), and George Mason University. This partnership allowed the coalition to conduct a thorough community needs assessment in 2015, which led to the identification of objectives to be targeted through the Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children (CPHMC) project.

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Date Added
December 5, 2017

Loudoun County Health Department (2017) Increasing Equity in an Infant’s First Food Environment: Loudoun County, VA Breastfeeding Success Stories. Available online: https://thewichub.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/2017/12/Loudoun-Poster-Final.pdf