Partner Spotlight: ROSE
One of these extraordinary organizations is ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere). Founded in 2011, their mission is to address breastfeeding disparities for communities of color and as a result, improve maternal and child health outcomes.
Dr. Kimarie Bugg, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, MPH, CLC, is the organization’s CEO, and a decorated nurse practitioner with years of community healthcare experience, which she now applies to changing the lives of marginalized women and children. From her early clinical training in a hospital maternity unit, to her work as a nurse practitioner, Dr. Bugg, observed how the prenatal healthcare system not only failed to teach and encourage breastfeeding, but it often impeded it. Since its founding, ROSE has grown to a network that includes physicians, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, peer counselors and parents. They have impacted the lives of countless families.
Dr. Bugg addresses her community and supporters with her 2020 vision HERE, where she discusses the need for advocacy to move from the concept of minority representation, to the more tangible vision of minority influence in both the academic and professional fields. Having minorities in leadership is not enough, instead the focus should be leaders with solid dedication to an agenda focused on systematic change. Listening to minority mothers, giving their voices power, is a critical piece of this effort. ROSE sees it as their calling to build the social change necessary to fight for the rights of minority mothers and children.
Consequent is proud of our association with ROSE and encourage you to visit their website, and if you are inspired, as we have been, consider donating to their very important work.