Congratulations to our very own Lisa Bandong for being recognized as the San Diego County Breastfeeding Champion 2017!
“Congratulations to SDCBC Breastfeeding Champion 2017: Lisa Bandong, MPH!
You are a breastfeeding advocate in your personal and professional life having been both a breastfeeding student and employee at a university. Your work allowed you the opportunity to see firsthand the varying degree of support and accommodations available to breastfeeding students and employees on campuses across California. As the Graduate Studies Office Coordinator at California State University San Marcos, you wisely reached out to the Lactation Supportive Environments project and have been instrumental in advocating for lactation accommodation support by getting designated lactation rooms set up on campus and even acquiring a hospital grade electric breast pump for one of the rooms.
You embody the spirit of collaboration by convening community partners in higher education to include Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Associate Director of Student Services and a parenting student, to assist with improving lactation accommodations. We understand you continue to follow up and encourage improvements among resources, support and facilities on campus. In your current role under CSUSM’s new Masters of Public Health program, you are leading a Capstone Project focusing on current lactation accommodations support, challenges and needs among students. And, you find time to provide support, encouragement, resources and guidance to individual students navigating going back to school and continuing to breastfeed.
The breadth of your breastfeeding advocacy encompasses not only offering personal support to breastfeeding students and fellow employees but includes implementing policy, systems and environmental changes on your university’s campus. This is what we look for in a Breastfeeding Champion—a true game changer in the community!”