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Equipping Tomorrow's Health Providers to Care for Black Families

Learn how Dillard University's Certified H.E.A.L. Professional Program is taking a targeted approach to closing disparity gaps, starting with our students.

The purpose of Dillard University's Certificate of Health Equity Advocacy in Lactation™ Program is to equip Health Professionals to become competent lactation professioanls

in Louisiana and the nation. The Health Equity Advocacy in Lactation (HEAL) Certified Professional Program fills the gap in breastfeeding support for Black women primarily created by historic and systemic inequities. The Program has three overarching goals:

National Average of Women Initially Breastfeeding


African-American Women Initially Breastfeeding


African-American Women Breastfeeding After 12 Months


Louisiana National Rank for Breastfeeding


Program Facts

3-Week Training Program

HEAL's 51-hour immersive training program at Dillard University is an intensive training that will meet Mon-Thurs, June 3rd -21st, 2024.

Founding Cohort Launching Summer 2024

HEAL is excited to announce the launch of our exclusive Founding Cohort in Summer 2024! 

Emerging & Current Healthcare Professionals

Students in nursing, medicine, or public health specialties and practicing healthcare professionals  supporting lactating parents may apply.

HEAL at Dillard University

HEAL is a product of Dillard University's Minority Health and Health Equity Research Center (MHHERC). 

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