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

Best Practice

PATCH Teen Educator Program: A Replicable, Youth-Driven Intervention to Improve the Way Adolescents Receive, Experience, and Utilize Health Care

The PATCH Teen Educator Program strives to bring youth voice to the forefront of adolescent health care conversations while providing the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to be drivers of change in their community. This program replication package was created for those (e.g. community-based organizations, health care systems, public health agencies, and schools) who want to become community and replication partners by launching a PATCH Site in their own community.


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.


Emerging Practice

Sisters United: Promoting Healthy Habits, Protecting Our Babies

SISTERS UNITED is a culturally sensitive, community-based initiative designed to increase public awareness about the burden of infant mortality, associated risk factors, and how to prevent these deaths.


Promising Practice

Starting Out Right: Positive Strategies to Guide Adolescents through Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth

Starting Out Right is a pregnancy health education and supportive services program and curriculum developed to address the needs of pregnant teens and to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for the adolescent and their baby.


Best Practice

Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait

Kentucky's preterm birth rate continues to be above the national average. This program allows local health departments to collaborate with local birthing hospitals or providers to address comprehensive care and modifiable risk factors.


Promising Practice

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Consumer Education Initiative

The March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait® (HBWW) program is a community-based initiative to decrease preventable premature birth


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.


Best Practice

Family Foundations

Family Foundations is a transition to parenthood program for couples and coparents that has been shown in several randomized trials to reduce adverse birth outcomes, parent mental health problems, and family conflict and violence and promote long-term child emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes.


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.


Best Practice

BABY & ME – Tobacco Free

The BABY & ME - Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program tailored to the pregnant population that utilizes motivational interviewing techniques, biochemical testing, and incentives (in the form of vouchers for diapers and baby wipes) to help women who struggle with tobacco addiction to quit using while pregnant and then maintain abstinence after delivery so that birth outcomes can be improved, and exposure to second and thirdhand smoke in the home environment can be reduced by maintaining cessation after baby is born.


Promising Practice

VCHIP – Youth Health Improvement Initiative

The Youth Health Improvement Initiative provides adolescent content expertise and works collaboratively with other youth and adolescent focused work to improve adolescent well care visit rates and coach medical homes to provide high quality preventive services to youth and young adults .


Promising Practice

Welcome Family

Welcome Family offers a universal nurse home visit and follow-up phone call to Massachusetts mothers with newborns, regardless of age, income, number of children, or other criteria. The goal is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and improve coordination of health and social services by providing an entry point into a system of care for all families with newborns.


Promising Practice

Women of Color Health Equity Collective

The vision of the Women of Color Health Equity Collective (formerly called MotherWoman) is for women and girls of color to enjoy optimal health and well-being in a socially just world.


Best Practice

“One Tiny Reason to Quit” Smoking Cessation Campaign

"One Tiny Reason to Quit" is a Social Marketing campaign that uses face-to-face outreach and multiple media channels to prompt pregnant African American smokers to call 1-800-QUITNOW and that has been shown to increase quitline calls from all pregnant women.


Promising Practice

It Takes A Village: Giving Our Babies the Best Chance

It Takes a Village (ITAV): Giving our babies the best chance is a community education and engagement series to raises awareness and educate Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders (NHPI) in Utah about maternal and infant health in the context of Pacific Islander cultural beliefs and practices.


Emerging Practice

BRIGHT Intervention (Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together)

BRIGHT is an attachment-based trauma-responsive therapeutic intervention for mothers with substance use disorder/opioid use disorder (SUD/OUD) and their infants/young children birth through age five that aims to improve the parent-child relationship and maternal mental health, and decrease child maltreatment by increasing maternal sensitivity and parenting capacities, thereby promoting healthy child development.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Pharmacist Provision of Preconception Care via Medication Therapy Management

In a 62-week period, over 2,000 community pharmacists across the state of Ohio provided over 21,000 educational interventions focused on teratogenic medications, folic acid, or hepatitis B/MMR vaccinations via a medication therapy management framework to reproductive-age women enrolled in a managed Medicaid plan.


Cutting-Edge Practice

4 What’s Next

Our aim with this practice was to foster wellness and build mental health resiliency skills in high school students. To accomplish this, we formed a collaboration between CT Department of Public Health (DPH), CT School Based Health Clinics (SBHC), and the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), to implement JPF’s 4 What’s Next psychological resiliency program in several high schools through the School Based Health Centers