The MCH profession continues to be challenged in a rapidly changing environment by the need to understand how systems connect with one another to shape and deliver both clinical and public health services to support the health of families. Complicating matters, system interactions reach beyond clinical service delivery and public health into other systems such as schools, social services, employment, criminal justice, and beyond.

The Systems Integration Core trains Title V leaders and staff on the use of systems thinking tools to support collective impact as well as other efforts. The Center’s Systems Integration curriculum defines systems integration broadly, considering the many points of potential integration for MCH professionals, including across divisions and bureaus within public health agencies, as well as across sectors and community partnerships. Training activities equip Title V leaders and staff to effectively lead and/or contribute to systems integration activities for MCH programs, and to do so in a consumer-centered way. Training in systems thinking, mapping, and improvement methods, and creating a context for cross-sector collaboration are priorities for the Systems Integration Core.