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Health Transformation

Health Transformation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​TransformationAbout. This Health Transformation Learning Laboratory is a collaboration of the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center at UNC Chapel Hill and the MCH Navigator; it serves as a repository for universal training resources/online learning materials in support of the Center's cores and activities.

Learn. You can access learning materials from the navigation at the left of this page or through the graphical menu below. You can also learn more about the Center through its program website.


Maternal and Child Health Journal Special Edition. We are pleased to share that the MCH Journal, in collaboration with MCHB and the National MCH Workforce Development Center, released a special issue on MCH public health workforce development. The special issue features a number of articles from MCHB-funded programs - congratulations to all authors! Each of the 25 articles featured in the special issue is open-access to facilitate access for public health practitioners. You can access the full special issue here and read more about a number of articles in a new highlight on MCHB’s website.

New Newsletter: The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center’s Academic-Practice Partnership (APP) has generated its first newsletter to share with academia, Title V MCH, and state and local public health. The goal of the AAP is to engage in intentional methods, opportunities, and relationships to increase the collaboration of academia and Title V MCH. The goal of the newsletter is to identify and share case studies, best practice/promising practices of collaborations between academia and public health as well as share peer-reviewed literature, tools, and resources. When academia and public health practitioners work together, both utilizing their strengths and expertise, we are poised to address the multi-factorial, complex MCH challenges we face.

Join the MCH Workforce Development Center this fall to begin an exploratory workforce development journey!

Would you like to increase your workforce capacity, learn new skills and tools, and make progress on a real-life public health challenge of importance to you?  Is your organization thinking about how to promote and sustain equity?  Could you use a ‘reset’ to reassess how your organization is structured or how you and your colleagues approach your work?

If so, join a cohort of your Title V peers this fall for Phase One of the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s 2023 Learning Journey.
Teams of Title V professionals and their partners will come together between October and December 2022 to participate in a series of conversations and workshops designed to help identify workforce goals and better understand a real-life public health challenge.  During this time, Center coaches will serve as sounding boards to help determine the best next steps for your team. Teams that decide to continue to the journey’s more intensive phase will work with their coach to prepare an application to continue into Phase Two of the Learning Journey, which begins in January 2023 and includes a multi-day workforce development Learning Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, for your team and partners (expenses paid).

For more information, CLICK HERE. State/jurisdictional Title V agencies interested in participating in Phase One of the Learning Journey should submit a brief letter of interest by COB Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

MCHworkNew for 2022: MCHwork Microlearning Program: Focus on Health Equity

The National MCH Workforce Development Center and the MCH Navigator have teamed up to share a new microlearning program, MCHwork, to actively engage busy professionals in the field on thematic topics over the course of five years. This ongoing program draws upon the evidence-based theory of spaced microlearning to ensure that learning happens in small bursts at regular intervals to maximize the learning process.

MCHwork addresses knowledge and skills related to some of the most pressing issues of our time, starting with health equity in year one and moving onto community partnerships, evaluation and assessment, aligning plans and strategy building, and communication in subsequent years. Read more about the program | Access the first session focused on Asset Framing

MCH Mini-Course in Resiliency and Adaptive Leadership

TransformationWorkforce Development teams are actively responding to the needs of our colleagues as they navigate state responses to the epidemic. This short video series (28 minutes in all) serves as a great reminder for each of us about things to consider in our own work during these turbulent times.

Core Services and Topics

The Center currently focuses on three main topics: Change Management and Adaptive Leadership, Evidence-Based Decision Making, and Systems Integration. In addition, the Center has developed a number of learning resources focused on topics during it's first funding cycle (2013 - 2016) that include Access to Care and Quality Improvement. In addition, the Center offers a Pipeline Program to enhance training and networking opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and promotes Family Engagement and Health Equity in all of its activities.

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The Center offers state and territorial Title V leaders and their partners training, collaborative learning, coaching and consultation in implementing health transformation using a variety of learning platforms.

In this new era of health transformation, the Center uses cutting edge tools and techniques to move MCH one step further, leveraging health transformation opportunities to improve the health of women and children. We know each state and territory is unique in its approach to health transformation, and our tailored services reflect your reality. Our free services can range from a simple telephone consultation to online resources to intensive technical support, including site visits and coaching. We also engage graduate and undergraduate students who are considering careers in public health/MCH.

Major transformations in the health care and health financing sectors offer opportunities to improve public health systems, state 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 women, children and families. In the current dynamic context, tools and resources to strengthen MCH capacity and skills in the following three core areas are available through the Center to move from evidence to action:

The Center also has established teams related to health equity and family engagement to ensure that our resources strive to support these topics and are culturally and linguistically appropriate and meet the needs of a changeing workforce.

Center Aim/Purpose

The aim of the Center is to strengthen the capacity of Title V agencies to be the "go to" leaders in their states and territories for the MCH population in the context of health transformation. In this area of a changing workforce and competing program priorities, public health leaders must have a strong knowledge base in three core areas: change management/adaptive leadership, evidence-based decision making, and systems integration.

All activities of the Center support:

  • Reinforcing the critical role of state and territorial Title V programs in assuring population health services
  • Utilizing evidence-based approaches to address complex public health issues
  • Helping states and territories implement and sustain systems change in the context of health reform
  • Advancing population health
  • Advancing health transformation implementation
  • Assisting states and territories in building capacity to influence health transformation

Our main audience is state and territorial Title V practitioners and their partners and MCH graduate and undergraduate students. We provide an integrated set of training, coaching and consultation opportunities to support states and territories in implementing and sustaining effective change in the context of health transformation. 


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.