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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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.


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.


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.


Best Practice

Innovative Approaches: Community Systems Building Grants for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

The purpose of the Innovative Approaches (IA) initiative is threefold: (1) to thoroughly examine the community system of care for CYSHCN; (2) to facilitate community identification of sustainable system changes and promising practices; and (3) to coordinate the implementation of these practices with agencies, providers, and families in the community.


Emerging Practice

Utah Clicks-Universal Application System

Based on the Universal Application System (UAS) technology, Utah Clicks is a web-based interagency application process designed to help families apply for multiple programs by completing paperwork online in a non-duplicative manner and submit their applications electronically to participating programs, such as Medicaid, WIC, CHIP, Head Start and others.


Best Practice

The Health-e-Access Telemedicine Program

The Health-E-Access Program, a telehealth network, is designed to increase access to healthcare for children, improve the economic stability of inner city families, and improve early education for underserved children.


Emerging Practice

Partners in Care: Together for Kids

Partners in Care: Together for Kids (PIC:TFK) is the first publicly-financed health program for children in the nation that utilizes a pediatric palliative care model which integrates palliative with curative or life-prolonging therapies.


Emerging Practice

Healing, Empowering, Actively Recovering Together (HEART)

The HEART program is a pilot designed to improve outcomes for pregnant/parenting women with substance use disorder (SUD) and their children, who often have neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The HEART program integrated and co-located parenting classes, community resources, and peer support services within the one setting.


Promising Practice

Washington Statewide Leadership Initiative Coalition

The Washington Statewide Leadership Initiative (WSLI) is a coalition that serves as a hub for family organizations, nonprofits, and professionals who provide peer support, family navigation, leadership development, and advocacy training to families of CYSHCN.


Emerging Practice

Minnesota Care Coordination Systems Assessment and Action Planning

Tool for conducting a systems assessment focused on identifying how care coordination is provided in the state and the needs of those providing coordination services.


Emerging Practice

Care Connection for Children

The Virginia Care Connection for Children (CCC) Program provides care coordination services for children with special health care needs who have a condition that is of a physical basis. Services are provided in partnership with major medical centers across the state. The program helps families attain and maintain a relationship with a medical home to include specialty provider care.


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.


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.