USLCA created the Terry Jo Curtis Award to recognize the exemplary efforts of those increasing access and equity for the US IBCLC. Terry Jo Curtis, IBCLC, founded Indiana’s Black Breastfeeding Coalition and was a powerful voice promoting breastfeeding for all families in her community. She was proud to be an IBCLC. Sadly, Ms. Curtis passed on in May of 2014, but we honor her work with this award.
Congratulations to the 2021 winner!
The winner of the 2021 Terry Jo Curtis Award is Chanelle Andrews, CBS
Chanelle’s professional career in lactation started and continues in advocacy. Selected from a diverse pool of applicants, Chanelle accepted the position of peer counselor within the Sistahs Who Breastfeed program when it was started in Camden County, NJ. Focused on providing a safe space for Black families, Chanelle organized and facilitated weekly groups before moving on to continue her IBCLC certification requirements. While mentoring at a local WIC clinic, Chanelle empowered parents to move forward in their breastfeeding journeys with encouragement and education.
Presently, Chanelle is one of the co-founders of Black Breastfeeding 365, which is purposed to bridge the gap between providers and parents. Chanelle is also a member of the lactation equity committee of her local coalition. She doesn’t take her place, her voice, or her privilege for granted as an IBCLC candidate. Chanelle believes it is her duty to work toward remedying the disparities present as well as supporting her community the best way she can. USLCA would like to recognize Chanelle’s work with the community and statewide organizations, as well as her passion to improve breastfeeding for Black families.