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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11 Results

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

KIDS Network Safe Sleep Instructor Certification Project

The KIDS Network Safe Sleep Instructor (SSI) Certification Project is designed to build statewide infrastructure to embed and implement consistent safe sleep strategies with providers, parents, and caregivers to reduce sleep-related infant death.


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.


Best Practice

BABY & ME – Tobacco Free

The BABY & ME - Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program tailored to the pregnant population that utilizes motivational interviewing techniques, biochemical testing, and incentives (in the form of vouchers for diapers and baby wipes) to help women who struggle with tobacco addiction to quit using while pregnant and then maintain abstinence after delivery so that birth outcomes can be improved, and exposure to second and thirdhand smoke in the home environment can be reduced by maintaining cessation after baby is born.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Incorporating the Social and Structural Determinants of Health in Colorado’s Title V Program

The Colorado MCH Program used a structured, data-informed and inclusive needs assessment process to incorporate a focus on addressing the social and structural determinants of health into Title V new priority selection for 2021-2025.


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.


Best Practice

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation program aims to promote positive birth outcomes, healthy child development, healthy parent-child relationships, safe and stimulating home environments, and self sufficiency. We build trusting relationships with at risk moms at a time when it is most important in their child’s development, ages 0-3.


Promising Practice

Women’s Health Education Navigation (WHEN) Program

The WHEN Program includes preconception/interconception health education, case management, patient navigation, and linkage to community-based services for women and infants who are justice-involved to increase the incidence of healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy infants.


Emerging Practice

Text4Baby & SoonerCare

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) is the first and only state Medicaid agency to implement an automatic notification process for SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid program) members to easily opt-in to receive Text4baby messages - the nation’s largest and only free mobile health messaging service for pregnant women and mothers with infants under age one.


Promising Practice

Ohio Gestational Diabetes Postpartum Care Learning Collaborative

In 2010, the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) maternal and child health and chronic disease programs joined together to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The team worked to ensure health care practitioners provided preconception, postpartum, and ongoing care for women to prevent GDM and T2DM; to educate women of child-bearing age about GDM and T2DM risks and increase their access to care to reduce their risk of T2DM; and to enhance understanding of the epidemiology of GDM in Ohio.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Health Screening Services for Expectant and Parenting Student Parent Programs at Colleges and Universities

Nine Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided free and voluntary health screening and education services to expectant and parenting college and university students such as assessing students’ needs, referring students to campus or community services, and screening for depression and/or intimate partner violence (IPV).