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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21 Results

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

Reducing the Risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-related Infant Deaths through the Design and Deployment of Free Educational Apps for Mobile Phones

The SIDS Center of New Jersey expanded its educational toolkit for reducing the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death by the development of two free mobile phone apps, SIDS Info and Baby Be Well,® to enhance provider, parental, family, and community knowledge of and virtual access to safe infant sleep and other risk lowering information, with the former app adding English and Spanish voice-over to its bilingual text and graphics.

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.

Emerging Practice

Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Statewide Hospital Training Program

Michigan’s Infant Safe Sleep Program wanted to ensure that nurses in birth hospitals were knowledgeable of the 2016 American Academy of Pediatric safe sleep recommendations and how to have effective conversations with families about safe sleep. The program began providing in-person infant safe sleep training and resources specifically to nurses caring for infants within hospitals (such as mother/baby and labor and delivery units). This practice has transitioned to virtual trainings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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).

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.

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.

Emerging Practice

BRIGHT Intervention (Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together)

BRIGHT is an attachment-based trauma-responsive therapeutic intervention for mothers with substance use disorder/opioid use disorder (SUD/OUD) and their infants/young children birth through age five that aims to improve the parent-child relationship and maternal mental health, and decrease child maltreatment by increasing maternal sensitivity and parenting capacities, thereby promoting healthy child development.

Emerging Practice

Tennessee Safe Sleep Hospital Project

The Tennessee Safe Sleep Hospital Project was designed to provide an incentive for all birthing hospitals in Tennessee to develop a safe sleep policy by recognizing them for their efforts and providing free educational materials.

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.

Promising Practice

Back to Sleep Training for Nursery Room Nurses

The Back to Sleep Training for Nursery Room Nurses is a training which aims to improve the knowledge, skills and beliefs of hospital nursing staff regarding the proper positioning of infant during sleep.

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

Safe Sleep Diaper Bag Project

The Safe Sleep Diaper Bag Project includes education to caregivers on safe sleep guidelines, provision of a diaper bag filled with materials that have a safe sleep message and a follow-up visit to determine any changes in the way caregivers practice safe sleep.

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.

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.