Catherine Sullivan, MPH
Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLE, RLC, FAND
Catherine Sullivan is Director and clinical assistant professor at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Catherine leads CGBI programmatic efforts in the areas of breastfeeding friendly healthcare, childcare, communities and in lactation training. She facilitates the National Collaborative for Advancing the Ten Steps, and serves as CGBI’s Principal Investigator on the core leadership team of CDC’s EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative. Additionally, Catherine serves as course coordinator for the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative. Under her leadership, CGBI is the steward for the US Breastfeeding Committee’s Maternity Care Constellation. Catherine served as State Breastfeeding Coordinator in the NC Division of Public Health from 2006-2013 and has worked at the local level as a WIC Director and as field faculty for NC State’s Cooperative Extension Service. Additionally, she has been a faculty member and clinician in the Department of Family Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Catherine is a frequent invited speaker with over 100 presentations in the areas of lactation training, maternity care practices, breastfeeding advocacy, and nutrition. She has over twenty years of experience in the fields of nutrition and lactation.
Honors and AwardsImpact in Practice Award
2019, UNC-CHTeaching Excellence and Innovation
2019, UNC-CHDelta Omega Inductee
2019, UNC-CHFellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND)
2017Certificate of Appreciation APHA Martha May Eliot Forum
2015, American Public Health AssociationCentennial Legacy Leader
2009, East Carolina University, College of Human EcologyFaculty Author Recognition Award
2006, 2005, East Carolina University, Laupus Health Sciences LibraryOutstanding Research Paper Award
2004, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
MHCH 765 - Clinical Support for Breastfeeding I
MHCH 766 - Clinical Support for Breastfeeding II
Ms. Sullivan actively researches the impact of best breastfeeding practices and the impact on systems level change in healthcare and in the community.
Principal Investigator: ENRICH Carolinas Expansion
Principal Investigator, RISE: Lactation Training Model
Principal Investigator, Improving best practices in the Carolinas
Principal Investigator, EMPower Training
2018-present Baby Friendly Expert Workgroup
2016- present Adjunct Faculty Committee
2015- present Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative Advisory Committee
2014-present US Breastfeeding Committee
2014- present North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding Friendly Designation review committee
2007- present Perinatal Health Committee, Child Fatality Task Force
2006- present Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Prevention Committee, Healthy Start Foundation
Fuller-Sankofa N, Mordi I, Banerjee K, Sullivan C. Baby Steps Lead to Big Footprints. 2019 CDC DNPAO National Training Program, Atlanta, Georgia, May 7, 2019
Sullivan C. What’s Rocking the Cradle? Navigating Challenges to Breastfeeding Support, 2019 CDC DNPAO National Training Program, Atlanta, Georgia, May 6, 2019.
Sullivan C. Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute: Ready, Set, Baby, Baby Friendly Arkansas-Promoting Optimal Breastfeeding Practices Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 2, 2019.
Sullivan C. Deconstructing Fake Equity: Lessons Learned from a Dominant Culture Institution, 2019 Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, Bozeman, Montana, April 2, 2019.
Sullivan C. Ready-to-Use Materials for Counseling Pregnant Women on Breastfeeding, 2019 Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, Bozeman, Montana, April 2, 2019.
Sullivan C. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative-The role of WIC, 2019 Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, Bozeman, Montana, April 1, 2019.
Sullivan C. New Who Revised Guidance on BFHI, 2019 Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, Bozeman, Montana, April 1, 2019.
Sullivan C. Applying an Equity Lens While Making Maternity Care Practice Change. ENRICH Carolinas Learning Collaborative Meeting, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, December 4, 2018.
Sullivan C, Smetana A, Davis S, Huntley D, Palmquist A, Wouk K. RISE: Lactation Training Model-Reclaiming, Improving, and Sustaining Equity, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 13, 2018.
Sullivan C, Huntley D, Lawless G, Bourg J, Parry K, Flower K. (Poster) Improving Maternity-Care Practices and Breastfeeding Rates in Hospitals Serving Underserved Communities in the Carolinas, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 12, 2018
Sullivan C. (Plenary) Step Up and Step Back: Guidance for Dominant Culture Institutions Addressing Inequity, International Lactation Consultant Association Annual Meeting Portland, Oregon, July 21, 2018.
Sullivan C, Palmquist A, Davis S, Hamlin M. (Workshop). Deconstructing Fake Equity: Lessons Learned from a Dominant Culture Institution, International Lactation Consultant Association Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon, July 20, 2018.
Wouk K, Sullivan C, Smetana A. Preparing IBLCE Exam Candidates for Success: Lessons Learned from the First CAAHEP-Accredited Pathway 2 Program. International Lactation Consultant Association Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon, July 19, 2018.
Parent-infant room-sharing is complex and important for breastfeeding. K Tully, C Sullivan (2018). Evidence-based nursing, 21(1), 18.
Advocacy for IBCLC care: A toolkit for action based on cost benefit analysis and GIS mapping in North Carolina. Wouk K, Chetwynd E, Sullivan C. (2017). Labbok M, Hall Smith P, editors. Breastfeeding, social justice, and equity: Reflecting, reclaiming, re-visioning, In press.
Health professional associations and industry funding-reply from Parry et al. K Parry, C Sullivan, A Stuebe (2017). Lancet (London, England), 389(10080), 1696.
Improving Access to Medical Lactation Support and Counseling: Building the Case for Medicaid Reimbursement. K Wouk, E Chetwynd, T Vitaglione, C Sullivan (2017). Maternal and child health journal, 21(4), 836-844.
Innovative Prenatal Breastfeeding Education Curriculum: Ready, Set, BABY. K Parry, K Tully, S Moss, C Sullivan (2017). Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 49(7), S214-S216.e1.
Faculty Development Mini-fellowship, Family Medicine, East Carolina University, 2001
MPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
BS, Dietetics, East Carolina University, 1997