Recently, Holzer received the "Maternity Best Practice Award" for the "Ban the Bag" pledge at the Ohio Lactation Consultant's Annual Breastfest Conference. During this event, 64 Ohio Hospitals were recognized for their efforts to discontinue the distribution of free formula giveaway bags that undermine breastfeeding support for our mothers and babies. This action places the facilities one step closer to a Baby-Friendly environment. Shown pictured are representatives of the 64 hospitals receiving this award. This is the second year that this recognition has been held through a partnership between Ohio First Steps program, Ohio Lactation Consultants Association and Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance.
Holzer's International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Stephanie Carroll, was honored as an "Outstanding Innovation as a Cultural Change Agent" for her efforts in the founding and acting President of the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network, which boasts over 185 members in 11 states. An excerpt from her honoring included:
Stephanie Carroll is the embodiment of “Do it big or stay in bed.” Her commitment to improving dismal breastfeeding rates does not stop at the county line or even the Ohio border. It encompasses rural America! Providing culturally appropriate chronic disease prevention strategies is a challenge often researched by “outsiders” who are perplexed by appalling rates of obesity and disease in our culture, they scratch their heads at what they call ignorance and “noncompliance.” Stephanie understands this challenge because she is truly an insider; she is one of “us.” She understands that to make a change in a culture, you have to be part of that culture. She didn’t go it alone; she reached out to others of “us,” all across Appalachia, inviting them to come together to discuss our challenges, offer support and share our stories.
In May 2016 she birthed the idea of the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network, and in one short year she brought together multiple states in a coalition that will eventually shine a light on the dark aspects of our culture, the disparities rural women face from access to care barriers, health care abuse and neglect to intrapersonal violence, and very often loneliness. The network is focused on empowering women to make informed decisions about their own bodies, from contraception choices, how they will give birth, to how they will feed their child. It also includes how to demand health care providers who will help educate and support them. We will overcome the health care disparities in rural America, one beautiful…well informed and supported woman at a time.
For more information on Holzer Maternity Services, please call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit www.holzer.org.
The Gallia County CVB is hosting the Passport Challenge again this year with a new twist, TWO Challenges! The Challenges offered will be the City and County Challenge. The City Challenge explores Downtown Gallipolis, while the County Challenge invites participants to travel all over our awesome County! Thanks to our community’s attractions, business owners and chamber members who have agreed to be Challenge locations we are able to host this event for our community and visitors alike!
The Challenges are a really simple set-up! Participants either pick up their passport brochures at the GCCVB or they download them at our website, www.visitgallia.com. Each brochure has 10 locations at which they take a selfie or have their brochure stamped. Participants have from May 1st to September 5th to have their brochures stamped and selfies taken. Once completed they bring it to the GCCVB (a stop for both challenges) where they will get a bag with fun items!
Like last year we would like to open up the contents of the bags to the community. Any organization or business is encouraged to donate items, gift cards, coupons, flyers, etc. to be placed in the bags. At this time, we have over 200 students from Gallia elementary schools who will be participating with their classes in the City Passport Challenge throughout May! This program is FREE and open to ANYONE who would like to participate. We would also like to encourage you to participate, these challenges are family friendly and a great team building opportunity!
Holzer Center for Cancer Care is sponsoring a Cancer Survivor Support Group meeting on Thursday, April 13 at 12noon in the French 500 Room at Holzer Gallipolis Medical Center. This month’s feature speaker will be Melvin Biars from Floral Fashions. Biars will provide a session on floral arranging, along with a door prize.
The Cancer Support Group is designed to help individuals, who either have cancer or are cancer survivors, and their loved ones understand cancer, manage treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. The group will continue to meet monthly and will have guest speakers to discuss topics of interest for those in attendance.
For more information, or to RSVP, call (740) 446-5351.