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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Cutting-Edge Practice

Maternal and Child Health Programs & Child Welfare: A New Partnership in Connecticut to Improve Child Outcomes

This training practice increased the knowledge of Child Welfare staff in Connecticut on young child development and recognizing developmental milestones, how to identify red flags, document those interactions, concerns, and make beneficial referrals.

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.

Promising Practice

PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship – A Model to Support & Engage Young People in Adolescent Health Conversations at Community & State Levels

The Wisconsin PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship empowers young people, ages 12-21, to grow as leaders and young activists by making their voices heard in community and state level conversations. They provide advice and input on goals, decisions, initiatives, and practices that impact the health of their generation. The Fellowship spans the course of 9-months (September –May) with paid engagement and learning via training, enrichment meetings, individual learning modules, and the development of an individual Community Advocacy Project. Youth Advocates also serve as consultants, bringing youth voice to the projects and initiatives of individuals, organizations, and systems working to improve adolescent health throughout Wisconsin.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Safe Stars

Safe Stars recognizes youth sports leagues as gold, silver or bronze by meeting specific safety criteria.

Emerging Practice

Zero Fatalities – Utah Teen Driving Safety Task Force

The Zero Fatalities - Utah Teen Driving Task Force represents state, local, and private organizations concerned about coordinating activities to improve the safety of teen drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Graduated Driver License Education

The Graduated Driver License Education program aimed to increase parental and teen knowledge of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) driving restrictions and subsequently lead to better enforcement and compliance with GDL laws.

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).