The MCH workforce faces changing social, scientific and demographic contexts, as well as changing policy and program requirements. The transformation of the MCH Block Grant process has reinforced the need for nimble MCH leaders who are able to keep a clear view of the big picture while managing change effectively across boundaries. Adaptive challenges are by definition difficult to define, therefore requiring a discrete set of adaptive leadership skills that must be applied time and time again to identify, frame and manage new challenges as they arise.

The Change Management/Adaptive Leadership Core offers training and supplementary applied workforce development in five areas: adaptive leadership; authentic leadership; workforce development leadership; leading teams; and population health and finance transformation. Because the development of skills in these areas must be applied and based in real-world challenges, the Change Management/Adaptive Leadership Core uses individual and peer coaching in conjunction with topical trainings to ensure effective uptake of change principles.