Tuesday, 7th of February 2023

Tuesday, 7th of February 2023

Michele L. Vancour, PhD, MPH

Michele L. Vancour is a past-president of the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA).  In this capacity, she oversaw several works that present best practices in the work-life field focusing on higher education, and can attest that one of the most commonly sought topics for information is lactation on campus.  She is a member of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition’s (CBC) Board of Directors, responsible for overseeing breastfeeding research, and has helped the CBC identify best practices in lactation support in various work settings across Connecticut. Michele is committed to building the future capacity of breastfeeding public health experts through her mentorship of public health interns working with the CBC, as well as encouraging students to focus their research on breastfeeding-related issues.  

Michele is a professor of public health at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).  She teaches maternal and child health and health promotion courses.  In 2001, she began conducting research highlighting academic women’s struggles with breastfeeding once they returned to their campus positions after the birth of their children.  Her research findings resulted in the establishment of SCSU’s lactation room and support program.  Further, she has published and presented on the topic of breastfeeding in higher education.  She is proud to have successfully balanced her academic career while raising two breastfed boys.


Michele K. Griswold, MPH, RN, IBCLC

Michele K. Griswold has almost 20 years experience working with mothers and children, both clinically and in public health.  She was a founding member of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) and is the current Chairperson.  Her work with the coalition includes experience in planning and implementing breastfeeding programs in the hospital setting and in the workplace setting.  Specifically, she has experience presenting and implementing The Business Case for Breastfeeding to employers on a statewide level. Under her leadership, she oversaw the disbursement of federal funding to 11 CT employers to implement “The Business Case.”  Eight of those employers were public schools and one was a university.  As the Chair of the CBC, she often lectures to students, community activists, and other stakeholders.  She has represented Connecticut to the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s National Meeting of State and Tribal Coalitions three times.  Her advocacy experience is diverse and includes collaborative work with governmental agencies and legislators. 

Michele has been a registered nurse for 25 years and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2001.  She has been actively involved in the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) through work with the Accreditation Task Force that led to the establishment of LAARC, the body that provides oversight of education for the profession.  She is currently Chair of the Global Outreach Committee for ILCA, and one of ILCA’s liaisons to the United Nations.  She is also doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts, Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester.  As a working and former nursing mother, she is passionate about innovative ways to overcome barriers for breastfeeding families. 


Photo Credit: Isabel Chenoweth