A More Excellent Way Health Improvement Organization in Vallejo, CA began working with pregnant women in Solano County in 2005. Our company was birthed from Dr. Monique Sims’ dissertation project at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation title was “Engaging the Faith Community to Improve Breastfeeding Rates of African American Women.”
Dr. Sims partners with churches in Solano and Contra Costa counties to conduct the MEW Church-Placed Breastfeeding Program, which consists of five phases: forming a collaborative steering committee, conducting a breastfeeding training, lactation accommodation activities at the church, a county-wide African American community baby shower, and a peer counselor program.
Beyond the nine baby showers we conducted in Contra Costa and 17 in Solano County, MEW has evolved to hold lactation education trainings in the community and for organizations. We have also partnered with different universities and institutions to expand their cultural competency, community engagement, nutrition, breastfeeding, public health, and public policy programs.