LACTATION IMPROVEMENT NETWORK OF KENTUCKY
PO BOX 23142
LEXINGTON KY 40523-3142
Contact Information
Nonprofit LACTATION IMPROVEMENT NETWORK OF KENTUCKY
Address PO BOX 23142
LEXINGTON, KY 40523 3142
Phone (859) 576-1062
Contact Name Cerise Bouchard
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

 

Mission

To make breastfeeding easier for all Kentuckians.

Vision

A Kentucky where a culture of support for breastfeeding is the norm.

Background Statement

The Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky was formed to help protect, promote and support breastfeeding across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. LINK engages in educational activities and initiatives to support this goal.  


LINK is registered with the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) as the state breastfeeding coalition for Kentucky. As such, the guidelines, roles and responsibilities, found at: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/Portals/0/Coalitions/Coalition-Guidelines-2008-10.pdf

 

LINK’s past activities have primarily focused on developing the foundation of the organization (e.g., establishing bylaws, electing officers, creating a website, developing mission and vision statements). The formation of LINK began in April 2010 at the First Annual Breastfeeding Summit, organized by Kentucky’s Women, Infants and Children program and held as a pre-conference session to the Kentucky Dietetic Association Conference. Approximately 125 attendees developed and prioritized strategies for improving Kentucky’s breastfeeding rates at this summit. LINK members have also met at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Annual Breastfeeding Summits in the years 2011-2013. Officers began regular monthly meetings in 2012, and two officers attended the National Conference of State Breastfeeding Coalitions in August 2012 in Arlington, VA. 


In April 2013, LINK officers conducted a community assessment with attendees of Kentucky’s 4th Annual Breastfeeding Summit. Attendees discussed 1) the types of stakeholders present and those needed for greater diversity and 2) community needs that were being met and gaps that needed to be filled. Goals of the statewide coalition were listed as:

  • Identify or provide breastfeeding resources and services, especially to underserved communities in the state.
  • Increase communication among groups and break down stereotypes.
  • Provide up-to-date referral and educational materials to healthcare providers, organizations, and the community at large.
  • Bring about more effective and efficient delivery of programs or coordination of policymaking that may affect breastfeeding in the workplace, educational institutions, childcare facilities, medical facilities, or public spaces. Eliminate any unnecessary duplication of effort.

LINK intends to undertake educational projects related to these goals, as funds and volunteers’ time allow. 

In April 2013, LINK began its first major project when it received a subcontract award from USBC. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USBC was contracted by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) to engage state breastfeeding coalitions in the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative (an initiative to support hospitals in achieving “Baby-Friendly” status by implementing evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding).  LINK received an award of $5200 to work with the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY (Kentucky’s only designated Best Fed Beginnings hospital) to 1) develop breastfeeding educational programs for pregnant women and 2) establish partnerships for integrated and continuous follow-up care after discharge from the hospital. Local data showed low breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity among African-American and Hispanic mothers, and stakeholders indicated a lack of resources and support groups for these mothers. LINK is collaborating with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the University of Kentucky to add a prenatal breastfeeding class in Spanish and a postpartum breastfeeding support group targeting African Americans to the current prenatal classes targeting low-income women. After these programs are piloted in Lexington, we hope to work with other local health departments throughout the state to implement similar programs.


As one of the newer state coalitions in the United States, LINK also received additional coalition capacity building funds ($2500) from USBC to further develop our website, to hire a lawyer to help us complete this Application for Recognition of Exemption, and to work with national coalition consultants to better mobilize our volunteers.


In September 2013, LINK began distributing a monthly e-newsletter as a means of increasing communication among breastfeeding advocates across the state. 

Impact Statement The Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky was awarded 501(c)3 status in 2014.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Tertiary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Nutrition
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Cerise Bouchard
Company Affiliation Growing Together Preschool, Inc.
Term 2012 to 2015
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Denise Barbier University of LouisvilleVoting
Ms. Rebekah Duchette Kentucky Department of Public HealthVoting
Ms. Qiana Flewellen StudentVoting
Ms. Julie Jacobs University of KentuckyVoting
Ms. Ana Maria Linares University of KentuckyVoting
Ms. Nicole Peritore University of KentuckyVoting
Ms. Mallory Ratliff Pike County SchoolsVoting
Ms. Amanda Schulkers Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kristin Worthen DellVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 77%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director none none
Term Start Jan 2012
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description In April 2013, LINK began its first major project when it received a subcontract award from USBC. With support from the CDC, USBC was contracted by NICHQ to engage state breastfeeding coalitions in the Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative (an initiative to support hospitals in achieving “Baby-Friendly” status by implementing evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding). LINK received an award of $5200 to work with the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY to 1) develop breastfeeding educational programs for pregnant women and 2) establish partnerships for integrated and continuous follow-up care after discharge from the hospital. Local data showed low breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity among African-American and Hispanic mothers, and stakeholders indicated a lack of resources and support groups for these mothers. LINK is collaborating with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the University of Kentucky to add a prenatal breastfeeding class in Spanish and a postpartum breastfeeding support group targeting African Americans to the current prenatal classes targeting low-income women. After these programs are piloted in Lexington, we hope to work with other local health departments throughout the state to implement similar programs.
Budget 5200
Category
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $0.00
Projected Expenses $0.00
Detailed Financials
Form 990s
2013 990-N
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received is 501c3 status in 2014 and so does not yet have one full year of financial information. 
Address PO BOX 23142
LEXINGTON, KY 405233142
Primary Phone 859 576-1062
CEO/Executive Director none none
Board Chair Ms. Cerise Bouchard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Growing Together Preschool, Inc.