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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148 Results

Emerging Practice

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of youth and young adults who have demonstrated leadership through their involvement with Dare to Dream or other statewide youth initiatives and have an interest in helping their peers who want to improve their school and communities. The Council provides feedback and collaborates with the Office of Special Needs on a variety of activities, programs, policies, and resources that affect the health, wellness, and transitional needs of youth in the State.


Emerging Practice

Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP)

The goal of the Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process is to improve services for adolescent patients at clinical practices across the country. The ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment tool and improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles.


Promising Practice

Adolescent Champion Model

The Champion Model is a multi-faceted intervention to address a health center’s environment, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects of a visit to the health center are youth-centered.


Promising Practice

Expanding Early Identification Efforts through Electronic Development and Social Emotional Screening

Ten community-level, public screening agencies, including education, public health, primary care and Head Start programs, participated in a sixteen-month electronic screening pilot opportunity from August 2015 through December 2016. This pilot aimed to consolidate screening forms for a variety of agencies into a centralized electronic screening platform that could be used by agencies that provide screening to families of young children.


Promising Practice

Virtual Dental Home Project

The Virtual Dental Home System of Care (VDH) is a community-based oral health delivery system, developed in California, in which people receive dental diagnostic, preventive, and early intervention services in non-clinical community settings such as schools, WIC, Head Start sites, low-income community centers, and nursing homes.


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.


Best Practice

Count the Kicks

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign that teaches expectant parents the method for and importance of tracking their baby’s movement in the third trimester of pregnancy, with the goal of lowering the country’s stillbirth rate and saving babies across the nation.


Promising Practice

Ohio Gestational Diabetes Postpartum Care Learning Collaborative

In 2010, the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) maternal and child health and chronic disease programs joined together to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The team worked to ensure health care practitioners provided preconception, postpartum, and ongoing care for women to prevent GDM and T2DM; to educate women of child-bearing age about GDM and T2DM risks and increase their access to care to reduce their risk of T2DM; and to enhance understanding of the epidemiology of GDM in Ohio.


Promising Practice

Developing, Testing, and Scaling “Coordinated Intake & Referral”

The primary objective of this initiative was to develop a community-driven approach to Coordinated Intake & Referral, using the state’s universal prenatal and infant screens, that could be adapted and scaled statewide through local Healthy Start Coalitions in Florida.


Promising Practice

Rhode Island Department of Health Internship Program for Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

The RIDOH developed an initiative that contributes to reducing health inequities for youth with special needs by providing work experience opportunities for YSHCN, who are traditionally an underemployed population because of their challenges.


Promising Practice

Perinatal Substance Use Bundle

The Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) drafted a PSU practice bundle to establish a uniform process of identification and intervention from screening at the first prenatal visit to discharge planning and follow-up for both the mother and the baby.


Promising Practice

Family Voices of California Project Leadership

Project Leadership is a seven-session comprehensive training curriculum plus support services designed to help family members develop the skills and resources they need to partner at all levels and to engage in public policy advocacy activities in California on behalf of CYSHCN.


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.


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

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.


Best Practice

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation program aims to promote positive birth outcomes, healthy child development, healthy parent-child relationships, safe and stimulating home environments, and self sufficiency. We build trusting relationships with at risk moms at a time when it is most important in their child’s development, ages 0-3.


Promising Practice

Healthy Women, Healthy Futures

Founded in 2008, Healthy Women, Healthy Futures (HWHF) focuses on underserved populations throughout Tulsa County, providing education, skills, and support to create behavior changes that improve the physical, emotional, financial, and social health of nonpregnant women, their families, and future generations.


Emerging Practice

Power Your Life Preconception Campaign

The overall goals of the Power Your Life campaign were to raise awareness of preconception health and increase consumption of folic acid.