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. 

Also check out our partners' work for more MCH practices and policies grounded in peer-reviewed literature: MCHbest database: Search for evidence-based/informed strategies related to the 15 National Performance Measures (NPMs) through the MCHbest database that summarizes the science of what works in the peer-reviewed literature.

165 Results

Promising Practice

Urban Lotus Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth is an innovative practice which provides a unique opportunity for adolescents, especially for youth who are disproportionately affected and those with special health care needs, to participate in physical activity utilizing a trauma-informed approach.

Best Practice

The Empower Program

The Empower Program, created by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) in 2010, provides a 50% reduction in child care licensing fees, in trade for voluntary implementation of ten health and nutrition standards.

Emerging Practice

NC Project AWARE/ACTIVATE: Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education/ Advancing Coordinated and Timely InterVentions, Awareness, Training, and Education

North Carolina’s Project AWARE/ACTIVATE is a collaboration between the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive plan of activities, services, and strategies for connecting youth and families to mental health services in three pilot school districts.

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

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).

Best Practice

Pono Choices: A Culturally Responsive Teen Pregnancy and STI Prevention Program for Middle School Youth

Pono Choices is the first teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention curriculum developed exclusively for youth ages 11 to 13 in Hawai‘i. The curriculum is culturally responsive and introduces students to Hawaiian cultural terms, practices, and concepts that stress positive character development, including making “pono” choices.

Promising Practice

Got Transition’s Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in Medicaid Managed Care

"Got Transition's Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in Medicaid Managed Care" is a replicable pilot program that incorporated the evidence-driven Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition into a Medicaid managed care plan by customizing and integrating transition core elements within a Medicaid plan's existing care management processes.

Emerging Practice

Communities Supporting Breastfeeding

The Communities Supporting Breastfeeding is a designation that recognizes breastfeeding utopias, meaning communities that provide multifaceted breastfeeding support across several sectors: businesses, employers, hospitals, child care providers, public spaces, and peer support.

Emerging Practice

Minnesota Care Coordination Systems Assessment and Action Planning

Tool for conducting a systems assessment focused on identifying how care coordination is provided in the state and the needs of those providing coordination services.

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

NESST(R) Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy

NESST(R) supports the health and well-being of parents and infants impacted by substance use disorder (SUD). This two-provider home- and community-based program provides dyadic parent-child therapy and peer recovery support in order to enhance parents’ emotional health and functioning, reduce stressors and barriers to success, and improve children’s developmental trajectories.

Emerging Practice

Care Connection for Children

The Virginia Care Connection for Children (CCC) Program provides care coordination services for children with special health care needs who have a condition that is of a physical basis. Services are provided in partnership with major medical centers across the state. The program helps families attain and maintain a relationship with a medical home to include specialty provider care.

Emerging Practice

Mississippi Interpregnancy Care Project: The MIME and DIME Studies

The Interpregnancy Care Project of Mississippi investigated whether primary health care and social support following very low birthweight delivery improved subsequent child spacing and pregnancy outcomes among low income black women.

Emerging Practice

Improving Oral Health Outcomes for Pregnant Women and Infants by Educating Home Visitors

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Dental Health Program (DHP) developed a model that provides trainings and resources for home visitors (HVs), family support workers, family educators, and nurses to share with the families they serve.

Cutting-Edge Practice

PATCH Toolkits: PATCH for Teens & PATCH for Parents – Helping Teens and Their Parents Understand Adolescent Rights & Responsibilities in Health Care Settings

The PATCH for Teens and PATCH for Parents Toolkits are resources for all educators (e.g., those in schools, community-and faith-based organizations, businesses, health care systems, and public health agencies) who want to help young people gain more independence and responsibility over their health and health care decisions. Each Toolkit contains a step-by-step guide that provides information, materials, and activities necessary to deliver an empowering and interactive health education session.

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.