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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31 Results

Cutting-Edge Practice

Alaska Virtual Home Visiting Summit

The Alaska Home Visiting Summit brought together home visitors and early intervention providers from across the state for a two day virtual training on healing and self-care and understanding the evolving practices and challenges around virtual home visits and domestic and interpersonal violence (IPV).


Best Practice

The Empower Program

The Empower Program, created by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) in 2010, provides a 50% reduction in child care licensing fees, in trade for voluntary implementation of ten health and nutrition standards.


Emerging Practice

Early Intervention Parenting Partnerships (EIPP)

The Early Intervention Parenting Partnerships (EIPP) is a home visiting program for expectant parents and families with infants who are high need due to practical barriers (e.g., low financial resources, housing instability), emotional and/or behavioral health challenges (e.g., depression, substance use), or other stressors (e.g., immigration-related stress).


Emerging Practice

Communities Supporting Breastfeeding

The Communities Supporting Breastfeeding is a designation that recognizes breastfeeding utopias, meaning communities that provide multifaceted breastfeeding support across several sectors: businesses, employers, hospitals, child care providers, public spaces, and peer support.


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.


Emerging Practice

Sisters United: Promoting Healthy Habits, Protecting Our Babies

SISTERS UNITED is a culturally sensitive, community-based initiative designed to increase public awareness about the burden of infant mortality, associated risk factors, and how to prevent these deaths.


Promising Practice

Starting Out Right: Positive Strategies to Guide Adolescents through Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth

Starting Out Right is a pregnancy health education and supportive services program and curriculum developed to address the needs of pregnant teens and to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for the adolescent and their baby.


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

Family Foundations

Family Foundations is a transition to parenthood program for couples and coparents that has been shown in several randomized trials to reduce adverse birth outcomes, parent mental health problems, and family conflict and violence and promote long-term child emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes.


Promising Practice

Welcome Family

Welcome Family offers a universal nurse home visit and follow-up phone call to Massachusetts mothers with newborns, regardless of age, income, number of children, or other criteria. The goal is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and improve coordination of health and social services by providing an entry point into a system of care for all families with newborns.


Best Practice

Moving Beyond Depression

Moving Beyond Depression is a treatment program for depressed mothers of young children that is designed to be implemented alongside home visiting or similar early childhood prevention settings.


Emerging Practice

BreastfeedingTraining.ORG

The Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium is an online educational resource for provider education required to implement the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative®’s 10 Steps for Successful Breastfeeding.


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.


Cutting-Edge Practice

GROWTH with Doulas and Dads

The GROWTH Doula project provides pregnant women with the direct home visitation and Doula support that promotes healthy births, bonding, and mother/child attachment. The program provides prenatal support services, health education, mentoring, hospital labor and delivery assistance, breastfeeding, and nutrition support.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities in California through Lactation Accommodation Workgroup

The purpose of the “Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities in California through Lactation Accommodation Workgroup” is to collaborate to build capacity to support workplace lactation accommodation in California and reduce related equity disparities.


Promising Practice

On-Demand Telesimulation in Maternal-Newborn Care and Clinical Lactation

Go beyond boring webinars! On-Demand Telesimulation is the first and only online program for live, clinical practice with pregnant or lactating patients and their newborns. Healthcare professionals who complete telesimulations receive oral and written feedback on their clinical performance relevant to lactation support and maternal-newborn care.


Promising Practice

Birth and Beyond California: Hospital Breastfeeding Quality Improvement and Staff Training Demonstration Project

The Birth and Beyond California program provides women with the support and resources necessary to initiate and maintain exclusive breastfeeding starting at birth.


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.