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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165 Results

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.

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.

Policy Development

Non-Punitive Approach to Substance Use in Pregnancy

This policy was developed in New Mexico (NM) in response to the federal CARA amendment to CAPTA that stated all state child welfare agencies are required to ensure every baby born exposed to substances receives a Plan of Care and that the numbers of babies receiving Plans of Care are reported to the Federal Agency.

Emerging Practice

Women Together for Health

Women Together for Health (WTFH) is a free, community-based program that addresses modifiable lifestyle behaviors to improve the health of women and their families.

Promising Practice

Body and Soul: A Faith Based Health Improvement Initiative

Body and Soul: A faith-based health improvement initiative is a 12-week education and exercise program which consisted of weekly meetings with lectures, cooking, and physical activity to improve the health and well-being of overweight African American church members.

Emerging Practice

Baby Blossoms Collaborative (BBC) Preconception Health Program- Now and Beyond

Baby Blossoms Collaborative (BBC) Preconception Health Program- Now and Beyond program educated women about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the value of planning a pregnancy process known as the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) to understand the contribution of key components of fetal-infant mortality.

Emerging Practice

Environmental Health Training for Nursing Students

This environmental health training for nursing students model is a low-cost method that reaches future home visiting and community health nurses in the state and equips them with the ability to recognize environmental health hazards and to provide families with referrals to necessary programs.

Emerging Practice

Utah Clicks-Universal Application System

Based on the Universal Application System (UAS) technology, Utah Clicks is a web-based interagency application process designed to help families apply for multiple programs by completing paperwork online in a non-duplicative manner and submit their applications electronically to participating programs, such as Medicaid, WIC, CHIP, Head Start and others.

Best Practice

The Health-e-Access Telemedicine Program

The Health-E-Access Program, a telehealth network, is designed to increase access to healthcare for children, improve the economic stability of inner city families, and improve early education for underserved children.

Emerging Practice

Partners in Care: Together for Kids

Partners in Care: Together for Kids (PIC:TFK) is the first publicly-financed health program for children in the nation that utilizes a pediatric palliative care model which integrates palliative with curative or life-prolonging therapies.

Promising Practice

Cultivating Connections through Coordinated Referral Networks

Using technology paired with a collaborative implementation approach, Kansas Title V promotes cross-system referral coordination through the development of community-led networks that improve connections to needed services for families.

Emerging Practice

Children’s Dental Services

Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services is a non-profit dental safety net, providing a full range of culturally focused dental services and serving as Minnesota's primary school-based and largest single provider of dental care to over 37,000 low-income children and families annually utilizing an array of modalities including culturally targeted and translated curricula, Dental Therapists, Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienists, telehealth, silver diamine fluoride, and portable dental delivery systems.

Emerging Practice

Standard of Compensation for Youth and Family Partners on Research Teams

Youth, families, and patients who work on research studies as co-investigators or research partners should be paid for their work and lived experience. The Standard of Compensation for Youth & Family Partners outlines standards for fairly compensating research partners and includes a comprehensive glossary of research terms. There is a second guide for researchers.

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.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Planning for Meaningful Family Involvement Worksheet

The Planning for Meaningful Family Involvement Worksheet will help Title V agencies and other policy bodies in thinking through steps to recruit, orient, and retain family representatives in order to achieve a more authentic partnership.

Best Practice

Getting to ‘Y’: Youth Bring Meaning to their Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Getting to ‘Y’: Youth Bring Meaning to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a strengths-based, positive youth development initiative, whereby YOUTH are empowered to take the lead in interpreting their local youth health data and engaging with peers and community to improve youth health and wellness.

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.