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"Infant Feeding, Social Policy, and Public Health"

Eleanor B. Schwarz, MD., Professor of Medicine, UC Davis THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE STATE CAPITOL - CAPITOL HEARING ROOM #4202 1315 10th STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
  • "Infant Feeding, Social Policy, and Public Health"
  • 2015-10-15T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2015-10-15T13:00:00-07:00
  • Eleanor B. Schwarz, MD., Professor of Medicine, UC Davis THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE STATE CAPITOL - CAPITOL HEARING ROOM #4202 1315 10th STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
Oct 15, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
State Capitol - Capitol Hearing Room - #4202 -1315 10TH STREET SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
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Infant Feeding, Social Policy, and
Public Health
Eleanor B. Schwarz, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California, Davis

Infant feeding plays a key role in infant health and survival. A growing body of literature also indicates that mothers who don’t breastfeed face increased risks of breast cancer,hypertension, diabetes and heart attacks in later life. Yet, only 22% of US infants are currently fed as recommended, and there are significant racial/ethnic disparities in US infant feeding practices. Social policies designed to support optimal infant feeding practices have the potential to save thousands of lives and millions of healthcare dollars. California SB 402, which requires that all perinatal units adopt evidence-based “Baby-Friendly” policies and practices, reflects a landmark commitment to supporting lactation. However, improvements in public health depend on effective implementation of this law and other related social policies.
Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, MS is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and a Medical Consultant for California's Department of Health Care Services' Office of Family Planning. She is an associate editor of NEJM-Journal Watch Women's Health and the journal Contraception. Previously, she directed the Women’s Health Services Research Unit for the Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Senior Medical Expert in Reproductive Health for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She has served on the FDA Advisory Committee on Reproductive Health Drugs and was past-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Task force on Women's Health. A graduate of the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program, Dr. Schwarz has published over one hundred peer reviewed manuscripts, and is a two-time winner of a Pitkin Award from the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her health services research has been supported by funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the FDA, VA, Office of Population Affairs, Office of Adolescent Health, Society of Family Planning, American Diabetes Association, Hewlett Foundation, Packard Foundation, and Kellogg Foundation. Her work has received international media attention, including coverage by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and TedMed.

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