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Member Minute
December 2016
Warmest greetings this holiday season!  We have wonderful news to share with you: USLCA's peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Lactation, has been indexed!  This is a gift that truly will keep on giving.  As an indexed journal, the articles in Clinical Lactation will be served in searches through databases such as Pubmed/NLM (Selected Articles), EBSCO, Proquest, Cabell’s, and Research4Life.  Researchers, policy authors, and clinicians will be able to easily locate the rich archive of clinical articles contained in our journal.  Being indexed makes writing for Clinical Lactation more attractive to potential authors, and it will raise the level of awareness of the work that we all do every day as IBCLCs.  
USLCA is proud to bring you this announcement of a very important professional development.  Your Board of Directors and Executive Director work hard every day to ensure that the needs of our members are being addressed and that advocacy for the IBCLC is happening all over the nation.  

Upcoming Live Webinar from USLCA:

Utilizing Community Health Workers to Identify Positive Deviants and Improve Breastfeeding Rates in Hispanic Communities of Florida, Michigan, and Ohio

January 25, 2016*, 60 Minutes
2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
*this webinar WILL be recorded, but access will require a separate purchase. Recorded webinars are available for purchase one week after the live webinar has taken place. 
Members: $15
Non-members: $30
Number of CERPs & CNEs
1 L CERP and 1 CNE
Randi McCallian, MPH, IBCLC

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain a Positive Deviance Approach to improving healthy behaviors, in particular breastfeeding rates.
  2. Discuss the role of CHWs in providing culturally-appropriate and community-based health assessments and program delivery.
  3. Identify at least two strategies, taken from the Positive Deviance Inquiry, for improving breastfeeding duration and exclusivity in under-served Latino communities.  

Randi’s passion for maternal and child health has been cultivated for over a decade. She received her Bachelors of Science from Drake University and then spent a number of years working in the field as a home-visitor for families with Autism and then later with pregnant and new mothers in an Early Head Start program. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2013 and completed certifications as a birth doula and a lactation counselor during her graduate program. She received her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant designation in 2015. 
Randi currently works for a national non-profit organization, MHP Salud, as the Director of a Breastfeeding Program in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio, and has conducted some of the only known Positive Deviance Inquiry research with breastfeeding mothers in migrant, Latino communities. 
Starts Wed Jan 25 2017, 2:00pm EST
Ends Wed Jan 25 2017, 3:00pm EST
Have you saved the dates?  #NewHorizons in Clinical Lactation is the theme of our May 3-6, 2017 USLCA Conference.   
We're supporting today's IBCLC® with the latest research, techniques, and concepts to help advance your practice!  We're busy lining up excellent plenary speakers, fascinating breakout sessions, and great networking activities and opportunities.

 Registration information will be coming soon!

The conference will be held at a beautiful resort in the Hill Country of Texas, just outside San Antonio.   The resort has amenities like a golf course, wave pool, bicycles to ride on the bicycle paths, fitness center, pools and hot tubs, a full-service spa, and excellent dining options.  There are great kids' club options which are all free!  There's so much to do for you and your traveling companions, you may not want to leave!

You can keep up with details about the conference at this link:

Clinical Lactation Needs You! 

Clinical Lactation is currently seeking reviewers for the journal. Reviewers are asked to review 1-2 manuscripts per year. Manuscripts are sent to reviewers through Editorial Manager, our manuscript-review software. Reviewers are asked to read manuscripts sent to them, rate the quality of the manuscript, provide feedback to the authors, and make publication recommendations to Editors.

We are seeking reviewers who are clinicians in a wide range of settings including hospitals, private practice, and in the community. As this is a clinical journal, reviewers do not need to be researchers. We need reviewers with clinical experience.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact Clinical Lactation's Editor, Kathy Kendall-Tackett,


Chapter News & Announcements 

Our chapters are USLCA!  A great big thank you goes out to all USLCA members who participate in their local chapters to promote the mission and vision of USLCA.  

Friendly Chapter Reminders:

  • Annual Dues for Chapters are due on 12/31/16
  • Please check to be sure your Chapter has a designated Contact person with valid and updated contact information in your Chapter profile
  • Look at your Chapter's profile to be sure it contains all the information you want it to have - we have some simple video tutorials on our website that can help Chapters create a really fabulous Profile
  • If your Chapter has not been submitting Quarterly reports, you can still do this now!  Chapter Reports help USLCA know what your Chapter has accomplished in your area and they help make your Chapter eligible for annual awards! 
If you need to chat about your Chapter, please contact your Director of Member Services, Ginger Carney at

USLCA Members Enjoy Discounts 

We know you are making a strong personal statement by investing in USLCA membership, and we know how hard you work for breastfeeding families!  We want you to have an even more rewarding membership experience, so we have built an Affinity Program for you.  
As a USLCA Member, these benefits are free to you.  You will save money on hotel rooms, rental cars, office supplies, and payroll services!  

This holiday season, when you book travel or purchase holiday gifts, here are some ideas for how to use your Member Affinity Program:

Office Depot/Office Max: 

  • Everyday low copy/print pricing: 2.5¢ B/W |  22¢ Color
  • Exclusive monthly specials
  • Coupon Central – additional online savings and coupons at your fingertips
  • Free next-day delivery on online orders of $50 or more **
You can access these benefits right away and find more opportunities for savings by logging in to USLCA's website and visiting the Affinity page here at :

Please let us know what you think of our Affinity Program by emailing!  

Membership in Your Professional Association: This Is How We Make A Difference in Our Field

USLCA represents you, the IBCLC®,  in the national conversation on lactation support.  Being a member ensures that your perspective is a part of what we do to advocate for you and your work.  We advocate for your skills, your expertise, and your credential while showing the nation that we are strong partners in the work of keeping families healthy.  

USLCA membership offers valuable benefits and advantages, multiple levels of membership and annual and monthly payment options, making USLCA membership even easier on your budget!

Current Membership Rates: 
Contributing Professional* $109/year
Monthly* $9/month
Individual* $85/person
Retired Member*$50/person
Group $75/person (Group of 5 or more)
Student $43/person

We are proud to now offer a Retired Member Category to reflect the passion of our members who have retired from paid work but whose passion for our mission still shines brightly! 

You might find that you can easily build a group of 5 for group membership by gathering colleagues in your practice group, your WIC site, your hospital lactation team, your local breastfeeding coalition, or any other network of lactation professionals you know!  

Click Here to Join, Renew, or Learn More!

*If your membership is set up for auto renewal, the current rates will be reflected on your renewal date.  

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