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Mississippi CHAMPS Hospitals
Blue Dots and Stars

CHAMPS South Hospitals
Green Dots and Stars

AI/AN CHAMPS Hospitals
Red Dots and Stars

Dots: Undesignated Hospitals
Stars: Baby-Friendly Designated Hospitals

Our goals at CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) are to promote best practices in maternity care, increase breastfeeding rates, decrease racial and ethnic disparities, and support hospitals to adopt the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and gain Baby-Friendly designation. We aim to do this with full integration into the community and in partnership with community organizations in the areas where we work.

CHAMPS South (2014-17) was supported by a $2.125 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and operated in Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, and Southern Tennessee.

(AI/AN) CHAMPS (2015-18) was also supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to work with tribal and Alaska Native hospitals across the US and in Alaska. AI/AN CHAMPS also collaborated with many individual tribes on Native centered breastfeeding education.

Mississippi CHAMPS (2018-21) is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Bower Foundation, and is working with around 90% of the birthing hospitals in Mississippi on Baby-Friendly designation.

CHEER in Greece (CHEERING) is a new venture into international maternal child health and breastfeeding support, and it focuses on breastfeeding support for refugees in Greece, as well as working with the Greek Baby-Friendly organization.

CHAMPS hospitals with Baby-Friendly designation are listed below.

Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center

Enrolled Jun 2017
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Ocean Springs Hospital

Enrolled Jun 2017
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North Mississippi Medical Center – Gilmore Amory

Enrolled Jan 2018
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Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Enrolled Feb 2018
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Merit Health River Oaks

Enrolled Jun 2017
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Merit Health Biloxi

Enrolled Jun 2017
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University of Mississippi Medical Center

Designated Sep 2017
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South Sunflower County Hospital

Designated Mar 2018
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North Mississippi Medical Center – Tupelo

Designated Mar 2020
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Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare – Olive Branch

Designated Dec 2019
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Merit Health Woman’s Hospital

Designated Oct 2018
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Merit Health Wesley

Designated Dec 2018
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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Designated Jul 2020
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King’s Daughters Medical Center

Designated Feb 2019
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Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County

Designated Feb 2019
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Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi

Designated Feb 2018
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Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle

Designated Feb 2019
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Anderson Regional Medical Center

Designated Sep 2016
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Highland Community Hospital

Designated Nov 2019
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Touro Infirmary

Designated Jul 2018
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Saint Tammany Parish Hospital

Designated Oct 2018
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Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus

Designated Sep 2018
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Ochsner Medical Center- St. Anne

Designated Sep 2017
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Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner

Designated Aug 2018
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Ochsner Baptist

Designated Oct 2017
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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels

Designated Sep 2016
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Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Designated Feb 2018
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St. Francis Hospital
Bartlett

Designated Jun 2018
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Tuba City Regional Health Care

Designated Feb 2016
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Tsehootsooi Medical Center

Designated Apr 2015
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Norton Sound Regional Hospital

Designated Dec 2019
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​Chickasaw Nation Medical Center

Designated May 2017
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Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital

Designated Jul 2015
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Alaska Native Medical Center

Designated May 2019
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​​SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

Designated Dec 2018
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