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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25 Results

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


Best Practice

Infant-Toddler Court Teams, based on the ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Team Approach

Infant-Toddler Court Teams are a collaborative practice that improves, aligns, and integrates systems and builds community capacity to advance the health and well-being of very young children and families who become involved with the child welfare system. The practice is driven by an overarching vision of prevention, in which systems-integration and capacity building strengthens family protective factors and addresses the social determinants of health.


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.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Missouri Milestones Matter

The Missouri Milestones Matter (MMM) Program leverages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) health campaign materials to embed developmental monitoring into early childhood services across Missouri.


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

Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS)

Alaska CUBS is an ongoing three year follow-up survey to the PRAMS survey. The CUBS program collects, analyzes, and disseminates population-based data about the health and early childhood experiences of young children in Alaska.


Promising Practice

Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening (RAAPS)

The Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening© (RAAPS) is a standardized, validated risk screening and health education solution embedded in digital empathy, developed to support professionals in reducing the risk factors impacting the health, well-being, and academic success of youth, and recognized by leading health organizations as an effective tool for time efficient and effect comprehensive youth risk screening.


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

Kern County (CA) Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination Project

Vision Statement – Since 2008, we have used coordinated services to measurably improve outcomes for Kern County children, families, and communities at risk of lifelong medical and mental health issues resulting from childhood trauma and toxic stress.


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

1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative

The 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative supports healthy cognitive, social, and emotional development of Iowa children through work with primary care providers to implement developmental surveillance and standardized developmental screening at well-child exams to assure early detection of developmental delays and referral, early intervention, and follow-up during the first five years.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Screening Tools and Referral Training (START)

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (TNAAP) "Screening Tools and Referral Training" (START) Program provides free training to primary pediatric health care practices, medical education programs, and early childhood professionals to increase early identification and referral of children with developmental delays or behavioral problems by routine comprehensive developmental and behavioral screening.


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.


Best Practice

Massachusetts Partnership for Early Childhood Mental Health: LAUNCH/MYCHILD Model

LAUNCH/MYCHILD is an integrated behavioral health model that embeds an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician and a Family Partner in pediatric primary care to provide early identification, brief intervention, and facilitated referrals to services and resources, in order to promote nurturing relationships, prevent concerning behaviors and reduce the families’ stressors.


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

First 5 California Kit for New Parents

The First 5 Kit for New Parents is an innovative approach to reach new parents with information about parenting practices and community resources.


Emerging Practice

Tribal Court Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Program addresses critical issues facing children who are diagnosed with FASD and provides support to parents and caregivers.