PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
June 5, 2014

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.

For Further Information Contact:
Donna Leusner, DOH - 609-633-7928

Kerry McKean Kelly, NJHA

Commissioner O’Dowd to Speak at NJHA’s New Jersey Mother-Baby Summit

Commissioner O'Dowd to Speak at NJHA's New Jersey Mother-Baby Summit

New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd will speak at the New Jersey Hospital Association's New Jersey Mother-Baby Summit on June 9. The Summit is designed to promote breastfeeding by assisting maternity hospitals in implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and Baby-FriendlyTM designation. The New Jersey Baby-Friendly initiative is supported by the state Department of Health, and Commissioner O'Dowd has personally championed its goals.

Baby-Friendly USA (www.babyfriendlyUSA.org) is an initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. At the beginning of the initiative in New Jersey, there were no designated Baby-FriendlyTM hospitals in the state. New Jersey now has four hospitals designated as Baby-FriendlyTM and over 20 more hospitals are on the pathway to achieving this important designation.

New Jersey Mother-Baby Summit
Status of New Jersey Baby-FriendlyTM Initiative

N.J. Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd

Conference Center at NJHA, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton 08543

The Summit runs from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. View the full schedule at http://www.njha.com/education/brochure/?id=511.

Commissioner O'Dowd is scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m.

Last Reviewed: 6/5/2014