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

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.

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

Children’s Dental Services

Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services is a non-profit dental safety net, providing a full range of culturally focused dental services and serving as Minnesota's primary school-based and largest single provider of dental care to over 37,000 low-income children and families annually utilizing an array of modalities including culturally targeted and translated curricula, Dental Therapists, Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienists, telehealth, silver diamine fluoride, and portable dental delivery systems.

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

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.

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

Georgia Shape

Georgia Shape is a statewide, multi-agency, multi-dimensional initiative of Governor Nathan Deal that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities to address childhood obesity statewide in school, health care and community settings

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.

Best Practice

PASOS Health Connections

PASOs was founded in 2005 after research showed that Latino families needed more support and information from a trusted source to address disparities and health inequities, and that our state’s support systems were not prepared to close the gaps. PASOs becomes a bridge between Latino families and the resources they need, bringing families’ voices forward to speak to the inequities that challenge them, and delivering information to families in a culturally appropriate way.

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

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.