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Change Management is a common theme across our MCHWD Center cores. Achieving our shared Title V MCH goals (improved access, improved quality, integrated systems) will require managing and leading change.

The transformation from disease management to population management has already begun. The transformation is to a system that addresses the health needs of entire populations, or communities. The transformation is complex and broad, and is still unfolding.  Effective MCH leaders will be aware, responsive, and adapt quickly to new challenges and opportunities.

Change management and leadership development have long been on the list of assessed needs. The current climate suggests that leadership development is even more relevant now for Title V professionals. The Workforce Development Center will support and challenge Title V professionals to execute on specific interventions to improve access, quality and systems. We see change management extending from beginning to end: from assessment to innovation and testing to performance measurement and implementation to improvement cycles. 

Leadership of these changes will be exercised in a collaborative, multi-organizational context. Title V leaders will be called upon to speak persuasively and listen intently; develop shared vision with partners; develop shared accountability for outcomes; problem-solve and innovate; measure and manage outcomes; and continue to adapt and improve partnerships and policies over time.

We want to help develop a specific set of knowledge, skills and abilities under the Change Management heading: understanding transformation and change; collaborating; thinking critically and innovating across systems; sustaining effort; learning as an organization and developing new leaders for new roles in a transformed system.

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Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership is an essential concept for MCH leaders to understand. We also recommend the use of strengths-based leadership approaches including Collaborative Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Appreciative Inquiry.

Lessons in Leadership: its not about you its about them

 Ronald Heifetz on Adaptive Leadership

 Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky have written extensively on Adaptive Leadership, including widely available articles in Harvard Business Review and several excellent books.

  • Leadership On the Line: Surviving the Dangers of Leading, 2002

  • The Adaptive Leadership Handbook: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World, 2009

  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky

ACUMEN Training Resources -

From Week 1and 2 of MCH +ACUMEN Training; excellent descriptions of applied training in adaptive leadership

    • Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change

      • Week 1 Purpose and Possibility  AND

    • Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change

      • Week 2 Diagnose the System


Change Tools

The Georgia Health Policy Center has published a useful tool to help MCH leaders take advantage of the unique opportunity to drive health transformation now.

Leading through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity Planning Tool. Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University and the National Network of Public Health Institutes.;jsessionid=3EFFA42AF2AFA3C0918A8F67F773AB1C.tomcatlb1

Action Learning

The MCH Workforce Development Center is using an approach called Action Learning to help leaders build "learning organizations" that can adapt to change. The leading proponent of the approach in the US is Michael J Marquardt.

Our Action Learning Set Guide is based on the work of Marquardt; versions of this guide were used for many years in the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

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The National MCH Workforce Development Center is funded by a cooperative agreement (#UE7MC26282) with the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau.