Dr. Marion Rice has been appointed new Director of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon and Program Manager of Maternal and Child Health at Oregon Public Health Institute.
A nationally known educator, Dr. Rice has worked with Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon to provide major Oregon employers like Trimet, OHSU and the Portland Police Bureau with services to improve lactation support for women returning to the workplace.
Taking the place of former BCO Director Amelia Psmythe, Dr. Rice will work on behalf of both the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon and the Oregon Public Health Institute to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in Oregon.
Both organizations have played leading roles in promoting breastfeeding as a crucial health practice for infants and mothers, and have supported and helped to implement Oregon’s groundbreaking Workplace Lactation Law.
“OPHI is fortunate to have Marion join our team with her significant background in breastfeeding policy, advocacy and grassroots education and organizing,” said Mary Lou Hennrich, executive director of Oregon Public Health Institute.
“She, along with the statewide volunteer leaders of the BCO, will continue moving all regions of Oregon forward as a national leader supporting the Surgeon General’s National Breastfeeding Call to Action.”