What's your name: Tiffany Keller
What organization are you with? CHI Health Nebraska
How does breastfeeding tie into your organizations mission? Our Mission: As Common Spirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.
Our core values include: Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence
We strive to break down barriers, provide quality childbirth and breastfeeding education and support for all moms no matter the background and circumstances. We believe that breastfeeding is a foundation to health for all.
CHI is not for profit and gives back a portion of their income to community health initiatives including the NE BFC.
What work have you done to further support for breastfeeding families? CHI is an organizational sponsor of the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition and has been involved in other well child/mother projects. CHI offers inpatient and (soon to be outpatient!!) supports including classes, support groups, and virtual visits (soon!!) We participate across the state in community health events including Baby Fairs and Breastfeeding Café at the Omaha Children's Museum. We sponsor the nursing room there as well to provide a beautiful and comfortable space for moms to nurse in. Our goal is to spread information and the network of resources.
How long have you been in existence? CHI Health is a faith-based organization which was formed when Alegent Health and Creighton University Medical Center joined forces in 2012. We then merged with Dignity Health in 2019, forming Common Spirit Health.
How many members do you have? In Nebraska alone, we have 14 IBCLC's on staff scattered through 6 larger birthing facilities and several other critical access hospitals in rural communities. We also have numerous CLC's among our maternal child staff.
What type of work do you currently engage in? I specifically am a hospital based lactation consultant working with moms. Also I serve as an educator to our hospital staff to further the continuum of evidence based breastfeeding practices. I host the breastfeeding café at the Omaha Children’s Museum and participate in the Douglas and Sarpy County breastfeeding coalition, which further connects the network between the hospital and the community. I have been a guest speaker at local breastfeeding events, college classes and business. CHI lactation specialists across the region are all involved within their communities and organizations to further breastfeeding efforts both in and out of their hospitals and clinics.
Any fun/interesting facts about your organization or you? I have worked with CHI Health since we were known as Alegent Health—for 17 years! Now Common Spirit Health, we are the 2nd largest hospital system in the United States. We have sister facilities from Washington to Alabama, Texas to North Dakota, and everywhere in between.