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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14 Results

Emerging Practice

Baby Blossoms Collaborative (BBC) Preconception Health Program- Now and Beyond

Baby Blossoms Collaborative (BBC) Preconception Health Program- Now and Beyond program educated women about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the value of planning a pregnancy process known as the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) to understand the contribution of key components of fetal-infant mortality.


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

Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening (RAAPS)

The Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening© (RAAPS) is a standardized, validated risk screening and health education solution embedded in digital empathy, developed to support professionals in reducing the risk factors impacting the health, well-being, and academic success of youth, and recognized by leading health organizations as an effective tool for time efficient and effect comprehensive youth risk screening.


Best Practice

Pono Choices: A Culturally Responsive Teen Pregnancy and STI Prevention Program for Middle School Youth

Pono Choices is the first teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention curriculum developed exclusively for youth ages 11 to 13 in Hawai‘i. The curriculum is culturally responsive and introduces students to Hawaiian cultural terms, practices, and concepts that stress positive character development, including making “pono” choices.


Cutting-Edge Practice

PATCH Toolkits: PATCH for Teens & PATCH for Parents – Helping Teens and Their Parents Understand Adolescent Rights & Responsibilities in Health Care Settings

The PATCH for Teens and PATCH for Parents Toolkits are resources for all educators (e.g., those in schools, community-and faith-based organizations, businesses, health care systems, and public health agencies) who want to help young people gain more independence and responsibility over their health and health care decisions. Each Toolkit contains a step-by-step guide that provides information, materials, and activities necessary to deliver an empowering and interactive health education session.


Promising Practice

PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship – A Model to Support & Engage Young People in Adolescent Health Conversations at Community & State Levels

The Wisconsin PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship empowers young people, ages 12-21, to grow as leaders and young activists by making their voices heard in community and state level conversations. They provide advice and input on goals, decisions, initiatives, and practices that impact the health of their generation. The Fellowship spans the course of 9-months (September –May) with paid engagement and learning via training, enrichment meetings, individual learning modules, and the development of an individual Community Advocacy Project. Youth Advocates also serve as consultants, bringing youth voice to the projects and initiatives of individuals, organizations, and systems working to improve adolescent health throughout Wisconsin.


Best Practice

PATCH Teen Educator Program: A Replicable, Youth-Driven Intervention to Improve the Way Adolescents Receive, Experience, and Utilize Health Care

The PATCH Teen Educator Program strives to bring youth voice to the forefront of adolescent health care conversations while providing the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to be drivers of change in their community. This program replication package was created for those (e.g. community-based organizations, health care systems, public health agencies, and schools) who want to become community and replication partners by launching a PATCH Site in their own community.


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

VCHIP – Youth Health Improvement Initiative

The Youth Health Improvement Initiative provides adolescent content expertise and works collaboratively with other youth and adolescent focused work to improve adolescent well care visit rates and coach medical homes to provide high quality preventive services to youth and young adults .


Cutting-Edge Practice

4 What’s Next

Our aim with this practice was to foster wellness and build mental health resiliency skills in high school students. To accomplish this, we formed a collaboration between CT Department of Public Health (DPH), CT School Based Health Clinics (SBHC), and the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), to implement JPF’s 4 What’s Next psychological resiliency program in several high schools through the School Based Health Centers


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.


Promising Practice

Young Parent-Centered Case Management

The Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative's young parent-centered case management model is a two-generation model providing case management to expectant and parenting adolescents using a positive youth development approach that builds on participants' strengths. The program goal is to increase life opportunities and enhance family stability among young families through supporting educational attainment and employment; improving access to health services; supporting child development; and promoting healthy relationships.


Promising Practice

Adolescent Champion Model

The Adolescent Champion Model is a multi-faceted intervention to address a health center’s environment, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects of a visit to the health center are youth-centered.


Emerging Practice

Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP)

The goal of the Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process is to improve services for adolescent patients at clinical practices across the country. The ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment tool and improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles.