Health Commissioner Awards Saint Joseph’s for its Support of Nursing Mothers

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 2, 2012) – On August 2, the Philadelphia Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity Donald Fr. Schwarz, M.D., MPH, awarded Saint Joseph’s University a "Breastfeeding Friendly Employer" certificate for its initiatives in support of nursing mothers. Alex Skolnick, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology who served on a committee responsible for the introduction of a lactation room on campus, accepted the award of behalf of the University.

In response to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, Saint Joseph's introduced a fully-operational lactation room last fall. The lactation room ensures female employees are given the ability to continue to express breast milk for their baby while on campus and separated from their child, in a private, non-bathroom area for up to one year after giving birth.

Nancy DuBoise, manager of employee relations at SJU; Marian Courtney, assistant to the University librarian; and Skolnick worked with Saint Joseph's University's Commission on the Status of Women, Get Healthy Philadelphia and the local nonprofit Maternity Care Coalition on the lactation room and its policies.

At the time Saint Joseph’s introduced the lactation room in 2011, it was only the second university in Philadelphia to establish a lactation room, and the first to be established under the "Get Healthy Philadelphia" initiative.


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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