The Center’s New Cohort of MCH Leaders

Eight state teams (from Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina) are currently undergoing the Center’s intensive workforce development in our Cohort 2017. Major transformations in the public health, health care and health financing sectors offer opportunities to improve public health systems, state/jurisdiction and community health care delivery, and ultimately, key health outcomes for MCH populations. Title V programs are uniquely positioned to help lead and influence major health system reform initiatives as they affect children, youth, women and families. The MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of tools and resources to strengthen MCH capacity and skills in three key areas:

  • Systems Integration:  The Center’s Systems Integration experts offer practical systems thinking methods such as system mapping to increase family involvement and help solve complex transformation challenges.
  • Change Management & Adaptive Leadership: The Center’s Change Management experts offer practical, hands-on support for Title V leaders and staff in real time, based on their own challenges in the areas of adaptive leadership, authentic leadership, workforce development for teams, leading teams, and population health and finance transformation.
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making: Evidence-based decision making experts at the Center offer tangible tools and support in the areas of results-based accountability, needs assessment, evidence appraisal and program selection, active implementation and quality improvement, performance management and program evaluation, and communicating and disseminating results.

In addition to these three core areas, the Center actively assists states/jurisdictions in promoting authentic family engagement and the intentional application of health equity in their projects.

To learn more about the complex problems that these state teams are currently working on with the Center, click here


Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH Online Course

Online Course Available: Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH

Are you ready to contribute to state or national health reform implementation? Would you like to elevate your implementation skills and leadership capacity? Don’t miss out! Explore the art and science of MCH health transformation through a unique online course to be offered Fall Semester 2017.

Back by popular demand, MHCH 745 is designed to integrate the theory, research literature, and evidence-supported practices that promote optimal population health outcomes in maternal and child health. The course will allow participants to examine and apply knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • MCH Financing
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Applied Implementation
  • Leadership
  • Systems Integration
  • Health Equity
  • Sustainability

There are no course prerequisites. Learning is asynchronous, with weekly modules and an opportunity to connect with an online MCH community of practice. Participants may choose to earn 1 or 3 academic graduate credits or a certificate of completion. To be eligible to enroll, you must be a graduate student from one of the 13 MCHB-funded Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice or the 5 MCH Catalyst Programs OR an MCH professional interested in lifelong learning.

For more information, contact Rebecca Greenleaf ( 

To register:


Looking Back, Moving Ahead

2016 was a busy year for the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Title V agencies from seven states hosted pairs of MCH students in the Center’s internship program. The Center supported workforce development in a cohort of six states using project-based learning and held a national skills institute that brought together 134 Title V participants and their partners from around the country for five days of learning and applying new skills to state challenges with partners.

2017 promises to be busy as well. The Center’s online training resources have found a new home on the MCH Navigator – check out the health transformation section of the Navigator for great self-directed learning opportunities that introduce the concepts of systems integration, change management/adaptive leadership and evidence-based decision making. The Workforce Development Center is pleased to welcome eight states to our 2017 cohort, working on a wide variety of challenges, from statewide developmental screening to the integration of behavioral health into primary care practices. Congratulations to our new cohort states: Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina! We’ll also be supporting an additional four states and jurisdictions with personalized workforce development plans in support of their goals (Washington, Kentucky, New York and American Samoa). This summer more interns will be making their way to Title V agencies around the country. States and jurisdictions continue to report that the Center’s model of customized “meet us where we are” support helps them get things done while simultaneously transforming the way they approach their work. The Center looks forward to working with all states and jurisdictions over the next five years.


MCH Summer Skills Institute

The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in partnership with AMCHP, UIC-Chicago, MCHB, and guest presenters, hosted its first ever MCH Summer Skills Institute in Chicago on August 22 – 26. A total of 134 participants from 34 states, jurisdictions, and territories attended a week of learning and were able to go with a ‘toolbox’ of new tools, skills, and knowledge. States/jurisdictions participated as either individuals or teams of up to 5 people to work intensively on a particular health transformation challenge. Many focused on a challenge related to their Title V Block Grant.

Sessions were presented in a non-traditional, adult learning-centered format, with a focus on the direct practice and application of new tools. Participants enjoyed time away from the office to dive deep into their respective challenges, completing work on a total of 12 distinct session topics linked to foundational skills needed to achieve the National Performance Measures. The curriculum and direct links to tools and resources presented at the Summer Skills Institute sessions are available here: MCH Summer Skills Institute Curriculum

Thank you to everyone who attended the Institute – your energy, passion, and enthusiasm were contagious and we appreciated your willingness to participate in activities and support your peers!

5 More Years of MCH Workforce Development to Advance Health Transformation!

The National MCH Workforce Development Center, housed in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is excited to announce that it has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement from the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau to continue its work supporting state/territory MCH programs! After three years of advancing national, state, and territorial priorities in MCH workforce development as a means toward improvements in population health, the Center will continue its work supporting MCH leaders and staff to meet current policy and program needs. Over the next five years, the Center will provide expertise through its academic-practice partnerships that provide state/territory MCH programs capacity building in three core areas:

  • Systems Integration
  • Change Management & Adaptive Leadership
  • Evidence-based Decision Making
Between now and 2021, the Center will provide capacity building and technical assistance to MCH leaders and staff in at least 50 U.S. states/jurisdictions as well as hands-on learning experiences in MCH agencies to at least 40 students. The Center is looking forward to supporting the current MCH workforce and developing the pipeline to apply health transformation skills to the field of MCH over the next five years!

Introducing a New MCH Health Transformation Planning Tool!

Health transformation is everywhere. During this critical period, MCH leaders have the opportunity to address both technical and adaptive challenges, consider systems integration, and lead strategic action and innovation. Built on the framework of the MCH pyramid, this tool is designed for MCH practitioners at all levels to heighten learning capacity and leadership skills in relation to health reform and system transformation. The first component of the tools is a five-step planning process using an adaptive problem-solving approach. Rather than just provide the tool and instructions, you will be guided through examples where much of the background work has been provided for you. Your team completes the analysis for your context and strategic thinking to arrive at a solution. The entire tools is available online and can be completed with a small team. A brief registration is required so that answers may be saved and printed in a report to share with others. Click here to access the tool. 

The Center also offers a health reform state assessment tool, designed to help state MCH programs assess their capacity to influence key areas affecting MCH populations and services in the context of health transformation. The tools work in tandem; the state assessment tool giving the MCH program an opportunity to assess their capacity and the health planning tool an opportunity to develop a strategic plan for implementation. For a copy of the state assessment tool please contact Amy Mullenix at