Health Equity Advocacy & Lactation (HEAL) at a Glance


  Health Equity Advocacy & Lactation (HEAL) Certification


   Nursing Program

  Public Health Program


   College of Arts & Sciences

Certified H.E.A.L. Professional Program

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The purpose of Dillard University’s Certified H.E.A.L. Professional Program is to equip Health Professionals to become competent lactation specialists in Louisiana and the nation. The Health Equity Advocacy & Lactation (HEAL) Certified Professional Program fills the gap in breastfeeding support for Black women primarily created by historic and systemic inequities. This is the first lactation certification program with a health equity focus. It is also the first entry-level lactation certification open to broad specialties offered by a university.

HEAL has three overarching goals: 

  1. To train emerging healthcare professionals and providers on breastfeeding disparities
    and ensure they provide culturally tailored support for breastfeeding;
  2. To identify community members who reflect the cultural values of breastfeeding
    mothers and train them to be certified health equity lactation professionals; and;
  3. To implement strategies designed to increase breastfeeding rates that address systemic racism and inequitable access to resources and support.

Elevate your future with a HEAL certification at Dillard University, Louisiana’s oldest HBCU, and start your a journey of discovery and innovation.

Program Facts

3 Week Training Program

HEAL’s 51-hour immersive training program at Dillard University is an intensive training that will meet Mon-Thurs, June 3rd -21st, 2024.HEAL’s 51-hour immersive training program at Dillard University is an intensive training that will meet Mon-Thurs, June 3rd -21st, 2024.

Founding Cohort Launching Summer 2024

HEAL is excited to announce the launch of our exclusive Founding Cohort in Summer 2024! 

Emerging & Current Healthcare Professionals

Students in nursing, medicine, or public health specialties and practicing healthcare professionals  supporting lactating parents may apply.

HEAL at Dillard University

HEAL is a product of Dillard University’s Minority Health and Health Equity Research Center (MHHERC). 

Program Components

The Dillard University Certificate of Health Equity Advocacy in Lactation™ Professional Program is a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind education experience crafted to equip each student with a comprehensive knowledge base to support, advocate for, and care for Black families in their ultimate medical or health career.

Curriculum competency areas include:

  • Development and Nutrition
  • Physiology & Endocrinology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology
  • Techniques
  • Clinical Skills

Join Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and become part of our community of leaders, thinkers, and artists. Learn More about the Dillard University’s Certified H.E.A.L. Professiona Program

Dillard University will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth and will reopen on Thursday, June 20, at 8 a.m.