Change in Mind: Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities is a three-year initiative of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. It is conducted in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. The initiative was established in early 2015.

The primary purpose of Change in Mind is to demonstrate the larger impactful role of the nonprofit sector as educator, convener, advocate, and true influencer of getting appropriate systems aligned to the science.

The initiative identifies, supports, and evaluates the processes that 15 organizations in the U.S. and Alberta, Canada use to align the science with the goal of influencing systems to impact outcomes across the life course.

Ten U.S. members of the Alliance and five non-governmental organizations in Alberta, Canada were chosen to infuse, align, and accelerate established neuroscience discoveries about the effects of life-altering toxic stress into their community-based work. The goal is that their work will determine if this groundbreaking science can transform policies to move the needle on some of the most difficult social issues facing our communities.
The cohort sites were chosen by an independent selection committee through a competitive application process. 

Cohort Collaboration

Change in Mind cohort sites have access to an exclusive collaboration space on myAlliance to support their work on the initiative. Join fellow Change in Mind sites by logging in.

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Meet the Partners

The Alliance is proud to Partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Community Science leads the evaluation.

Meet the Partners

Resources Collection

This collection includes the latest resources on brain science, adverse childhood experiences, and more. Alliance and cohort members should log in to access the Alliance Library.

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Cohort Sites


  • Children and Families First in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
  • Wellspring Family Services in Seattle
  • LaSalle School in Albany, New York
  • KVC Health Systems in Olathe, Kansas
  • The Family Partnership in Minneapolis
  • Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville, Tennessee
  • East End House in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Family Service Association of San Antonio in San Antonio
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington in Seattle  

Alberta, Canada

  • CASA Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health in Edmonton
  • CUPS Health, Education, Housing in Calgary
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Calgary and Area in Calgary
  • Boyle McCauley Health Centre in Edmonton
  • Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary

Guide: How to Use Brain Science to Inform Policy

This guide developed by the Change in Mind initiative discusses how to use a brain science lens in policy development to achieve healthier outcomes for children.