Board Member Robert Jackson
Board Member George Bugg, Jr., MD, MPH, is currently the chief of the neonatology
service at Grady Memorial Hospital and the neonatal director of the Emory
Regional Perinatal Center. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville (BA), Meharry Medical College (MD), and Emory University
(MPH). He is a founding member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
and was trained in lactation management at Wellstart International. He and
his wife, Kimarie Bugg, are the proud parents of five children.
Board Member SAHIRA A. LONG, MD, FAAP, IBCLC is a board certified pediatrician. She is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. She works as a community pediatrician for Children’s National Medical Center in medically underserved Southeast Washington, DC. Dr. Long is the Medical Director of the Children’s National East of the River Lactation Support Center. She also completed her General Pediatric Internship and Residency at Children’s National. She has served as president of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition since its inception in 2004. She became certified as an IBCLC in July 2010. She has been involved in breastfeeding advocacy on the national, state and local level. Her advocacy activities earned her the privilege to participate as a panelist during the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.
Board Member Jeretha McKinley has guided the national replication of HC One's community health worker programs since 2001. She has more than thirty years of public health experience with governmental and nonprofit organizations, including Healthy Families, WIC programs in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Michigan and Illinois, and a number of city and state Departments of Health.
In 1996, UNICEF and WHO recognized her work by selecting her along with 30 other experts representing 20 countries, to develop worldwide standards for training in breastfeeding. With her vast experience in program management, implementation, and evaluation, Ms. McKinley is viewed as an expert in peer-based community outreach programs. As a skilled trainer and facilitator deeply effective in multi-cultural settings, she is known for her laughter and her honesty.
Board Member Michal Young, MD, F.A.A.P., is currently an Associate Professor and
Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard
University College of Medicine. She also serves as the Medical Director of the
B.L.E.S.S. (Breastfeeding Lactation Education Support Services) Initiative as
well as Director of the NICU and Newborn Services, at Howard University
Hospital. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, Class of
1979. Dr. Young completed a rotating internship in Medicine and Pediatrics
at Grady Memorial and Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a
Pediatric residency at Howard University Hospital, and a fellowship in
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. Most of her
clinical and academic practice was at D. C General Hospital where she was the
Director of the N.I.C.U. for the last five years prior to the closure of that
Hospital in July 2001. Dr. Young has several publications and presentations
over a range of topics governing infant care. Her research interests are in
developmental outcomes of the ELBW, HIV perinatal transmission, and in
breastfeeding education for professionals and parents. Dr. Young had just completed her fellowship in Neonatology at the time of
the birth of her first child. She recalls how poorly educated she was about
breastfeeding and the benefits of human milk. This experience placed her on a
life-long quest to improve breastfeeding education for medical professionals,
and patient’s families. Dr. Young speaks locally and nationally about the
benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding for the human infant. She is a
member of the ILCA Advisory panel, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine,
the Section on Breastfeeding in the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of
the Breastfeeding Coordinators for the D.C. Chapter of the American
Academy of Pediatrics, and the Vice-President of the D.C. Breastfeeding
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health offer a breastfeeding help hotline. The hotline is helmed by trained breastfeeding peer counselors and provides support by phone. The phone number is 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446). The hotline is open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm. You can call after hours and leave a message. A breastfeeding peer counselor will return your call on the next business day.