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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22 Results

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.


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.


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

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

North Carolina’s Project AWARE/ACTIVATE is a collaboration between the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive plan of activities, services, and strategies for connecting youth and families to mental health services in three pilot school districts.


Promising Practice

Got Transition’s Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in Medicaid Managed Care

"Got Transition's Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in Medicaid Managed Care" is a replicable pilot program that incorporated the evidence-driven Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition into a Medicaid managed care plan by customizing and integrating transition core elements within a Medicaid plan's existing care management processes.


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.


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.


Emerging Practice

Youth and Young Adult Transition – Children’s Medical Service

This program supports youth and young adults with special health care needs to learn self-determination and develop strategies for a successful transition into adulthood by connecting them to a dedicated care coordinator at one of 22 local Children's Medical Services offices throughout Florida.


Emerging Practice

Dare to Dream Youth: Leadership Development Initiative

Dare to Dream (D2D) is a learning pathway for youth with special healthcare needs and diverse learners in grade 8 to age 21. The D2D Initiative focuses on creating and providing resources and activities to assist youth in developing and leading healthy lives as they move through transitional periods.


Emerging Practice

Transition Interagency Group Envisioning Realization of Self (T.I.G.E.R.S.)

The Transition Interagency Group Envisioning Realization of Self (“T.I.G.E.R.S.”) is an interagency group of 10 organizations who work together to enable youth with special needs to transition into adult life.


Best Practice

Oregon Youth Transition Program

Oregon’s Youth Transition Program is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities to prepare them for employment or career related post secondary education or training.


Best Practice

Texas Children’s Hospital Healthcare Transition Planning Tool

The Texas Children’s Hospital Healthcare Transition Planning Tool is an assessment and education tool designed to facilitate health care transition planning during a clinic visit in order to prepare adolescents/young adults with special health care needs and their families to transition to adult-based care. 


Promising Practice

Family Voices of California Project Leadership

Family Voices of California Project Leadership is a seven-session comprehensive training curriculum plus support services designed to help family members develop the skills and resources they need to partner at all levels and to engage in public policy advocacy activities in California on behalf of CYSHCN.