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Georgia 5-STAR

Georgia 5-STAR Hospital Initiative

Call for Applications (CFA):

The Georgia SHAPE Initiative announces the second round of funding for the Georgia 5-STAR Hospital Recognition Program.  This program will support activities to recognize hospitals as they move toward Baby-Friendly® designation.  One star will be awarded for every two steps implemented of The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by Baby-Friendly USA, the official credentialing agency of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). Hospitals will be required to complete the Georgia Breastfeeding Program-Scorecard Tool to receive stars.

The BFHI is a WHO/UNICEF program that encourages and recognizes hospitals that offer optimal promotion and support for breastfeeding, including supportive hospital policies and practices, staff education and post-discharge community referrals, collectively referred to as The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.  

The program will provide funding opportunities for up to six (6) Georgia hospitals.  Applicants are eligible to receive up to $7,000.00 to defray costs associated with improving the quality of maternity care related to breastfeeding and pursuing Baby-Friendly® designation. The Georgia Department of Public Health will provide a one-week Train-the-Trainer session for hospital staff and monthly technical support from BFHI experts.  Successful applicants will demonstrate intent to create policy, practice and environmental improvements within their hospital to support their BFHI efforts.

The $7,000.00 award may be used to pay the required fees for the 4-D Pathway to Baby-Friendly Designation or to provide reimbursement for costs associated with staff training and travel to attend the required two (2) one (1) day Collaborative Learning Sessions and one (1) five (5) day Train-the-Trainer Session.

Up to (6) successful applicants will be selected and will represent:

  • Strong institutional capacity and support of executive leadership
  • Institutions serving a high percentage of minority and Medicaid-eligible families
  • Institutions with low breastfeeding initiation rates and high rates of pre-discharge formula supplementation of breastfeeding newborns
  • Institutions serving a culturally diverse population
  • A variety of geographic areas, including rural and medically underserved regions
  • Hospitals at various stages of implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (see Appendix A)
  • Various hospital classification levels (e.g., regional perinatal center, etc.)