EMPower Best Practices
Who We Are
EMPower Best Practices is an exciting new initiative that builds on two previous EMPower projects – EMPower Breastfeeding and EMPower Training. Similar to the earlier projects, EMPower Best Practices is a hospital-based quality improvement project aimed at improving evidence-based maternity care practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition through skills-based competency training and ongoing technical assistance.
EMPower Best Practices is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO).
What We Do
With this new initiative, EMPower Best Practices will provide training materials, tools and resources to help each participating hospital build a tailored, sustainable training plan. We will also support the implementation of that plan through ongoing technical assistance and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.
Our goal is that through the skills-based competency training and ongoing technical assistance, hospital staff will be able to better ensure that maternity care policies and practices are implemented safely and equitably, as intended, for each mother and her infant.
Enrollment is now closed
The EMPower Best Practices program is no longer accepting enrollment forms.
Please watch this Orientation Webinar for an overview of the EMPower Best Practices initiative and information on the upcoming project timelines. Additionally, you can view our Welcome Packet for detailed information about participation.
Who is Eligible?
All U.S. based hospitals are eligible to participate in EMPower Best Practices.
The hospitals who are eligible for EMPower Best Practices include:
- Hospitals currently pursuing Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) designation and for whom this initiative may help to satisfy necessary training requirements,
- Hospitals already BFUSA designated and are looking to satisfy training requirements for re-designation or other purposes, OR
- Hospitals not planning to pursue or undecided on pursuing BFUSA designation and have a strong focus on providing the best care for all mothers and their infants.
Additionally, hospitals participating in state recognition programs are encouraged to enroll.
While all hospitals are eligible, this project has a particular interest in providing training and technical assistance to hospital staff that serve a large proportion of racial/ethnic populations and/or Medicaid recipients as traditionally underserved populations.
What are some of the benefits to participation?
By enrolling in EMPower Best Practices, hospital staff will receive skills-based competency training on maternity care practices designed to align with content required by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Guidelines and Criteria. More specifically, hospitals participating in this initiative will receive:
- All materials, tools, and resources needed to complete the skills-based competency training curriculum,
- Assistance in developing and implementing a tailored, sustainable training plan,
- Individualized coaching and technical support by both a breastfeeding and a quality improvement coach assigned to your hospital,
- Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing opportunities,
- Stipend for each hospital to offset training time and resources (up to $2,000 per hospital),
- Ability to track progress on key measures of success, AND
- Certificate of completion and press release template to publicize successes.
These resources will be provided to participating hospitals at no cost.