Welcome to the MCH Innovations Database, a searchable database of effective practices grounded in practice-based evidence 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. 

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165 Results

Promising Practice

Power Me A2Z Folic Acid Program

The Power Me A2Z folic acid and education program educates women of childbearing age about the importance of folic acid consumption, regardless of their pregnancy plans, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, or geographic location in the state, and provides free multivitamins with folic acid through an online order form and community partners.

Emerging Practice

Child Development Clinic Services

The need for early diagnosis of conditions such as autism is well known, but the availability of clinicians and other professionals able to evaluate children for autism and other behavioral/developmental conditions is lacking. In order to help alleviate this need, the Virginia Department of Health collaborates with five providers across the state to offer services through its Child Development Clinic (CDC) program.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual Autism Diagnostic Clinic

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania's Virtual Autism Diagnostic Clinic increases efficiency, reduces wait time and eliminates geographic barriers by bringing together developmental specialists and clinicians using a virtual healthcare model to evaluate children 18 months to 3-years old in the comfort of their homes

Best Practice

Family Connects

The Family Connects model is an evidence-based and successfully demonstrated program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits.

Best Practice

Infant-Toddler Court Teams, based on the ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Team Approach

Infant-Toddler Court Teams are a collaborative practice that improves, aligns, and integrates systems and builds community capacity to advance the health and well-being of very young children and families who become involved with the child welfare system. The practice is driven by an overarching vision of prevention, in which systems-integration and capacity building strengthens family protective factors and addresses the social determinants of health.

Promising Practice

NAS Surveillance Program

In 2013, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to require reporting of NAS for public health surveillance purposes. Providers are required to report all diagnoses of NAS within 30 days of diagnosis.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Alaska Virtual Home Visiting Summit

The Alaska Home Visiting Summit brought together home visitors and early intervention providers from across the state for a two day virtual training on healing and self-care and understanding the evolving practices and challenges around virtual home visits and domestic and interpersonal violence (IPV).

Promising Practice

NC Project AWARE/ACTIVATE Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education/ Advancing Coordinated and Timely InterVentions, Awareness, Training, and Education

North Carolina’s Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) also locally known as NC Project ACTIVATE (Advancing Coordinated and Timely InterVentions, Awareness, Training, and Education) addresses the three tiers of mental health (promotion, prevention, and intervention) through a continuum of education, universal screening, and appropriate services and supports for all students in response to varying levels of need.

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

Integrating Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) into School-Based Health Centers

This innovative program in Denver, CO works to eliminate barriers, improve education, and increase access to PrEP for adolescents, regardless of insurance or ability to pay for services, in an urban school-based setting.

Emerging Practice

Expanded eligibility for WV CYSHCN through enhanced screening

The West Virginia CSHCN Screener uses the CSHCN Screener© and questions from the National Survey of Children’s Health as a framework to implement a flexible definition of children with special health care needs to broaden the scope of children who are identified and to inform care coordination services across systems of care.

Policy Evaluation

Shared Plans of Care for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN)

The Colorado Department of Public Health’s Title V program partners with Local Public Health Agencies to provide care coordination to children and youth with special health care needs (birth-21 years) and their families.

Policy Implementation

Non-Punitive Approach to Substance Use in Pregnancy

This policy was developed in New Mexico in response to the federal CARA amendment to the federal CAPTA law that stated all state child welfare agencies are required to ensure every baby born exposed to substances receives a Plan of Care and that the numbers of babies receiving Plans of Care are reported to the Federal Agency.

Policy Development


The MMRC was created by the DC City Council in consultation with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to identify the causes of maternal mortality in DC and determine actions that can be taken to decrease the rate.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual Support for Families of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When the COVID 19 pandemic hit in March, with a statewide shut down and virtual only services, Arizona Hands & Voices (AZHV) quickly transformed their operations to provide families with one-to-one and group support from teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), Deaf mentors and DHH Guides by adapting their Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Program for a virtual setting.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Group Connections Livestream Home Visiting Education

During the pandemic, the Turtle Mountain Tribal Home Visiting program implemented monthly group synchronous video conferences on Facebook Live that provide health education and support to families virtually.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual programming and mental health support for CYSHCN families

The goal of the program was to provide telehealth services to the Binder Autism Center, endocrinology and Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families. Throughout the pandemic, we offered virtual services to the patients and the families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. We achieved this goal by facilitating virtual, social skill development groups, cooking, yoga, and karate classes, open parent support groups, parent workshops etc. The framework was in place, the BAC always offered individual, group, and parent services.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Integrated Services Program: Facilitating telehealth through the loan or lending of cellular technology and tablets

The Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) created a “lending library” of the 30 laptops and mobile hotspots to be available to families who would benefit from telehealth visits. The lending libraries are located at various agencies throughout the State of Utah.