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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23 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

Women Together for Health

Women Together for Health (WTFH) is a free, community-based program that addresses modifiable lifestyle behaviors to improve the health of women and their families.


Promising Practice

Body and Soul: A Faith Based Health Improvement Initiative

Body and Soul: A faith-based health improvement initiative is a 12-week education and exercise program which consisted of weekly meetings with lectures, cooking, and physical activity to improve the health and well-being of overweight African American church members.


Emerging Practice

Mississippi Interpregnancy Care Project: The MIME and DIME Studies

The Interpregnancy Care Project of Mississippi investigated whether primary health care and social support following very low birthweight delivery improved subsequent child spacing and pregnancy outcomes among low income black women.


Emerging Practice

Improving Oral Health Outcomes for Pregnant Women and Infants by Educating Home Visitors

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Dental Health Program (DHP) developed a model that provides trainings and resources for home visitors (HVs), family support workers, family educators, and nurses to share with the families they serve.


Best Practice

Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI)

The Pathways Community HUB Model (PCH) is a nationally recognized, comprehensive community care coordination approach demonstrating improved health outcomes. The PCH is a financially accountable, outcome-based payment model designed to identify and mitigate risks and measure results.


Promising Practice

Welcome Family

Welcome Family offers a universal nurse home visit and follow-up phone call to Massachusetts mothers with newborns, regardless of age, income, number of children, or other criteria. The goal is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and improve coordination of health and social services by providing an entry point into a system of care for all families with newborns.


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.


Cutting-Edge Practice

GROWTH with Doulas and Dads

The GROWTH Doula project provides pregnant women with the direct home visitation and Doula support that promotes healthy births, bonding, and mother/child attachment. The program provides prenatal support services, health education, mentoring, hospital labor and delivery assistance, breastfeeding, and nutrition support.


Promising Practice

On-Demand Telesimulation in Maternal-Newborn Care and Clinical Lactation

Go beyond boring webinars! On-Demand Telesimulation is the first and only online program for live, clinical practice with pregnant or lactating patients and their newborns. Healthcare professionals who complete telesimulations receive oral and written feedback on their clinical performance relevant to lactation support and maternal-newborn care.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Perinatal Continuum of Care

The Perinatal Continuum of Care tool illustrates the myriad services that new and expectant families frequently encounter and describe opportunities to address perinatal mental health across these service sectors, highlights opportunities for providers from across sectors to support mental health and wellbeing for parents, caregivers, babies and families during pregnancy and early parenting and demonstrates that we all have a role to play in helping families find the supports they need to thrive.


Emerging Practice

Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health Quality Improvement Collaborative

The Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health (CCMH), led by AllianceChicago and EverThrive Illinois, aims to improve maternal health outcomes in the ambulatory care setting via quality improvement initiatives, community engagement, and policy advocacy. AllianceChicago has developed the CCMH Quality Improvement Collaborative, and has engaged ambulatory care partners, including FQHCs and hospital clinics, to inform and implement quality improvement initiatives for their patient populations.


Best Practice

Nurse-Family Partnership®

Nurse-Family Partnership® empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies.


Emerging Practice

The Cuff Kit Program

The Cuff Kit Program enables home blood pressure monitoring to enhance obstetric care and more actively engage mothers in their own prenatal and postpartum healthcare. The kits include validated automatic blood pressure measurement devices and patient education materials (print, online and video) that simply explain how to take accurate blood pressure readings and the importance of doing so during pregnancy and beyond. We have priced these for quick turnaround bulk shipment to participating healthcare providers and are also collecting and reporting data to demonstrate the efficacy of home blood pressure monitoring. Brought to you by the Preeclampsia Foundation.


Emerging Practice

Perinatal Depression Screening and Referral Project

The Perinatal Depression Screening and Referral Pilot Project was established by the Connecticut (CT) Department of Public Health to determine the rate of perinatal depression in at risk women receiving services in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).


Best Practice

The HealthConnect One Community-Based Doula Program

The Community-Based Doula Program provides support to young families during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period.


Emerging Practice

Superior Babies Program

The Superior Babies Program aims to to reduce the incidence of FASD and other prenatal drug related effects in children of St. Louis County Minnesota by identifying and serving pregnant women suspected of or known to use or abuse alcohol and other drugs.


Promising Practice

Healthy Women, Healthy Futures

Founded in 2008, Healthy Women, Healthy Futures (HWHF) focuses on underserved populations throughout Tulsa County, providing education, skills, and support to create behavior changes that improve the physical, emotional, financial, and social health of nonpregnant women, their families, and future generations.