The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Change in Mind Institute has received more than $700,000 from the Episcopal Health Foundation in Houston to engage a cohort of organizations in its collaborative learning model. For the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative, the Alliance will work with 10 community-based organizations and health clinics to strengthen their ability to translate brain science concepts into programs, practice, and policy change.

Engaging in the Change in Mind learning collaborative experience, participating organizations will determine their own paths forward for creating the transformation best suited to their unique needs. The process of embedding brain science principles will lead to improved outcomes for children and families. In addition, it will further enhance their organizational cultures and leadership ability to work collaboratively with partners to build better service systems and policies.

“We are thrilled to lead 10 new organizations in the collaborative learning process,” says Jennifer Jones, director of the Change in Mind Institute. “As we’ve seen with our previous learning collaborative, understanding and embedding the core story of brain development can have a profound positive impact on an organization’s internal operations as well as its work to build resilience in children and families.”

The 10 organizations participating in the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative will represent a wide range of sectors, including health care, and they will be located in Episcopal Health Foundation’s 57-county service area. They will be chosen for their diversity, ranging in organizational size, populations served, service delivery approach, sphere of influence, and geographic location.

The Alliance is one of 12 grantees chosen to advance strategies for promoting healthy brain development with the support of a collective $3.5 million investment from Episcopal Health Foundation. The organizations are implementing a variety of timely, science-based practices for early childhood brain development during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life.

Learn more about the Change in Mind Institute and how your organization can apply brain science principles to policy and practice.