Systems Change Project

BREASTFEEDING SYSTEMS CHANGE PROJECT IS FUNDED September 2021 to September 2024
KCR Community Resources in partnership with Interior Health has been awarded a Field of Interest Systems Change Test grant of $300,000.00 from the Vancouver Foundation. The grant was awarded based upon the recommendation of the Foundation’s Volunteer Advisors. Reviewers appreciated the strong partnerships and community relationships built between KCR, Interior Health and various community groups, and the foundation of this work in the community through the initial Journey Mapping project. We would like to thank the Vancouver Foundation for their support of this important project.

The project is overseen by a multi-sector Steering Committee with co-leads from KCR and Interior Health. It is a continuation of the Breastfeeding Art Expo and the Breastfeeding Journey Mapping project, which identified barriers to breastfeeding best practices within health facilities and the community.

Our goal is to implement a range of recommendations that will result in better support to mothers to breastfeed. The longer-term goal is to improve rates of sustained breastfeeding and result in improved long-term health benefits for women and their children, and significantly reduce provincial health care spending.

We will be implementing various pilot projects across the Interior Health region over the next three years with project work starting in September 2021.