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Change Management / Adaptive Leadership

Change Management / Adaptive Leadership

About Transformation

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.

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.

Start Here: Introductory VideoClick this image to access the introductory video

Stephen Orton, Senior Fellow at the Public Health Leadership and member of the National MCH Workforce Development Center, introduces the concept of change management thinking and previews the kind of tools that help leaders accomplish change in their organization. Click here or on the image to the right to see the video.

Change Management and Adaptive Leadership Resources

Learn More. For more training materials compiled from the field, see the MCH Navigator's Change Management Training Spotlight and visit the Change Management/Adaptive Leadership learning module in the Public Health Pronto microlearning program.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.