Welcome to the MCH Innovations Database, a searchable database of effective practices that positively impact maternal and child health. Practices are assessed along a practice continuum and receive a designation of Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best depending on the amount of evidence demonstrating their work’s impact, among other criteria. Search for a specific entry by name or use the filter options below to search by topic. Note: The dropdowns will only show states that have associated entries in the database.

148 Results

Promising Practice

Urban Lotus Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth is an innovative practice which provides a unique opportunity for adolescents, especially for youth who are disproportionately affected and those with special health care needs, to participate in physical activity utilizing a trauma-informed approach.


Emerging Practice

Individual + Policy, Systems and Environmental Approaches Technical Assistance

This mentored TA practice includes online training modules, a tailored workbook, and coaching for MCH health professionals to acquire skill sets in developing individual and policy, systems, and environmental (I + PSE) approaches to improving healthy eating and active living practices among vulnerable MCH populations and communities. The goal of the TA effort is to develop I + PSE skills sets in teams of MCH practitioners to more comprehensively address the wicked public health problems that exist in health systems.


Best Practice

Getting to ‘Y’: Youth Bring Meaning to their Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Getting to ‘Y’: Youth Bring Meaning to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a strengths-based, positive youth development initiative, whereby YOUTH are empowered to take the lead in interpreting their local youth health data and engaging with peers and community to improve youth health and wellness.


Promising Practice

Medical Home Community Team (MHCT)

The Medical Home Community Team (MHCT) provides intensive, “home-grown” and high-quality home-visiting services to especially vulnerable and marginalized black and brown Philadelphian children and their families, centered on social determinants of health (SDoH) risks. The team works collaboratively with the referred child’s pediatric medical home and in equal partnership with MHCT families to address the impacts of racial and health inequities.


Promising Practice

MCPAP for Moms

MCPAP for Moms builds the capacity of perinatal providers to effectively prevent, identify, and manage their pregnant and postpartum patients' mental health and substance use disorders (SUD).


Promising Practice

United Way Family Center

The United Way Family Center (UWFC) pairs embedded clinical supports with high quality early childhood education to promote the educational attainment of young parents and their children while developing parenting and leadership skills. The UWFC utilizes a trauma-informed, attachment-based model to increase safety and stability for its families to support families in overcoming barriers to their educational success.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Mothers Rising Home Visiting Program

The Mothers Rising Home Visiting program (MRHV) integrates social and health intervention methods employing social proximity, cultural congruence, MV Perinatal Health Worker training, and a 3-generation approach to yield improved perinatal outcomes and social conditions for black women, creating stability for the family unit, and improving trajectories for multiple generations and the greater community.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Maternal and Child Health Programs & Child Welfare: A New Partnership in Connecticut to Improve Child Outcomes

This training practice increased the knowledge of Child Welfare staff in Connecticut on young child development and recognizing developmental milestones, how to identify red flags, document those interactions, concerns, and make beneficial referrals.


Emerging Practice

Newborn Screening Education Best Practice Framework

The Newborn Screening Education Best Practice Framework is intended to help users design and evaluate approaches to newborn screening awareness building and education efforts. This framework will guide them through the process of selecting contextually appropriate newborn screening education approaches.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Health Screening Services for Expectant and Parenting Student Parent Programs at Colleges and Universities

Nine Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided free and voluntary health and education services to expectant and parenting college and university students such as assessing students’ needs, referring students to campus or community services, and screening for depression and/or intimate partner violence (IPV).


Cutting-Edge Practice

Nurse Education Webinar Series (NEWS)

The School Health Program is partnering with the Missouri Telehealth Network to provide a series of webinars designed for school health professionals. The webinars will focus on the latest information relating to managing children in the school setting with health issues and/or special health care needs.


Promising Practice

Parent Coaching Within a Pediatric Primary Care Practice

There is an increasing awareness of the need for pediatric practices to provide holistic care to their patients, inclusive of parents, since up to 50% of health outcomes are attributable to social and economic factors. This program addresses that need by embedding parent coaches within pediatric practices to intervene swiftly and mitigate the potential for negative long-term health and social concerns.


Promising Practice

PASOS Connections for Child Development

PASOs Connections for Child Development was developed to address the specific strengths and challenges of Latino families with young children in a new immigrant settlement area. It uses a culturally tailored, early identification and referral model, that aims to address the screening gaps and deficits related to school readiness often experienced by Latino children.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Using Barbershops to teach Period of PURPLE Crying/Infant Development

This pilot project adapted Period of PURPLE Crying (POPC) materials from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) to appeal to men in Tulsa-area barbershops. The goal of the practice was to increase the number of African American men in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area who recognize infant crying as normal development, have reasonable expectations for crying episodes, and could share this knowledge with others.


Best Practice

One Key Question®

One Key Question® is a transformative tool for health and social service providers that starts the conversation about if, when, and under what circumstances women want to get pregnant and have a child.


Promising Practice

Rhode Island Health Equity Zones

Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative is an innovative, community‐led, place‐based model that brings people in a defined
geographic area together to create healthy places for people to live, learn, work, and play.


Promising Practice

Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Training

The Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) intervention aims to enhance the “attunement” between providers and parents and strengthen the provider-parent relationship. FAN’s ultimate goal is strengthening the provider-parent relationship, resulting in parents who are attuned to their children and ready to try new ways of relating to them.


Emerging Practice

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of youth and young adults who have demonstrated leadership through their involvement with Dare to Dream or other statewide youth initiatives and have an interest in helping their peers who want to improve their school and communities. The Council provides feedback and collaborates with the Office of Special Needs on a variety of activities, programs, policies, and resources that affect the health, wellness, and transitional needs of youth in the State.