About Us

Our mission is to create better working and learning environments for health and public safety workers and learners.

The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity has developed a unique partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Moral Injury in Healthcare, and the American Federation of Teachers to create the Workplace Change Collaborative (WCC). The WCC is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with two main aims:

  1. Grantee Success: To support the capacity of the 44 HRSA grantees to improve mental health, reduce burnout, and address moral injury among health and public safety workers and learners through the creation of a learning collaborative that enables shared learning and empowers grantees to lead organizational change.
  2. Thought Leadership: To advance new thinking on burnout, share successful strategies with the larger community, and inform policy through the development of a National Framework for Addressing Burnout and Moral Injury in the Health and Public Safety Workforce.

To achieve these aims, the WCC captures innovative and evidence-based practices, lessons learned, and tools and resources for reducing burnout and promoting wellness in the health and public safety workforce to share with HRSA grantees and public audiences.

The WCC and the 44 grantees are funded through three HRSA programs: 1) the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program, 2) the Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce and 3) the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center.

Vision for the WCC:

Grantee Success:

  • Grantees achieved their aims to reduce burnout and suicide and improve mental health.
  • Challenges and successes within and across grantee projects are understood and shared to inform best practices and diffusion of innovations. 
  • The WCC has surfaced practices that address burnout and advanced grantees’ understanding of what leads to successful adoption of interventions across workplaces.
  • Grantees have ongoing collaboration as a community during and after the grant period.

Thought Leadership:

  • The National Framework advances new thinking on moral injury and burnout
  • WCC activities improved stakeholders’ understanding of the importance of systems-level changes needed to address burnout and moral injury.
  • WCC and grantees engaged stakeholders to inform policy.

Workforce Impact:

  • The root causes and drivers of burnout and moral injury are addressed at the systems-level.
  • Health and public safety workers experience less burnout and moral injury, have better mental health, and feel that they have the support to do what is in the best interests of their patients and communities.
  • Health and public safety workers are empowered to organize and lead systems-level change.


The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute): The vision of the Mullan Institute is a diverse health workforce that has the competencies, opportunity, and courage to ensure that all people attain their full health potential (i.e., health workforce equity). The Mullan Institute is a multidisciplinary health workforce research institute that conducts research, administers educational programs educates, supports advocacy initiatives, and convenes thought leaders to advance this vision.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI): The IHI has over 25 years of experience driving cross-sector improvement and collaborating across boundaries. Given their commitment to joy and wellbeing, and extensive reach and impact in the health care community, IHI is uniquely positioned to support joy and improve mental health and wellbeing in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Moral Injury of Healthcare (MIHC): Moral Injury of Healthcare (MIHC) reframed distress in the workplace – in healthcare and elsewhere – to recognize the role of moral injury. MIHC is developing collaborative, systems-level solutions to workforce distress through research, education, and advocacy. 

AFT Healthcare: AFT Healthcare works directly with health professionals and public safety workers to improve working conditions through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining, and political activism.