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Mother Child Nutr. May 4, 2022:e13370. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13370. Online ahead of print.
Communities and Hospitals Advance Maternity Practices (CHAMPS) is a public health initiative, operating in Mississippi since 2014, to improve maternal and child health practices and reduce racial disparities in breastfeeding. Using the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance framework, this study evaluated CHAMPS, which used a quality improvement intervention in hospitals and engaged intensively with local community partners. The study team assessed results using quantitative data (2014-2020) from national sources, Mississippi hospitals, community partners, and CHAMPS program records, as well as qualitative data from groups of discussion. With 95% of eligible Mississippi hospitals enrolled in CHAMPS, the program has reached 98% of eligible Mississippi birthing women and 65% of lactation counselors in Mississippi’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Mothers. children. Average rates of in-hospital breastfeeding initiation increased from 56% to 66% (p