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

Georgia Shape

Georgia Shape is a statewide, multi-agency, multi-dimensional initiative of Governor Nathan Deal that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities to address childhood obesity statewide in school, health care and community settings

Emerging Practice

Perinatal Depression Screening and Referral Project

The Perinatal Depression Screening and Referral Pilot Project was established by the Connecticut (CT) Department of Public Health to determine the rate of perinatal depression in at risk women receiving services in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Emerging Practice

The Cuff Kit Program

The Cuff Kit Program enables home blood pressure monitoring to enhance obstetric care and more actively engage mothers in their own prenatal and postpartum healthcare. The kits include validated automatic blood pressure measurement devices and patient education materials (print, online and video) that simply explain how to take accurate blood pressure readings and the importance of doing so during pregnancy and beyond. We have priced these for quick turnaround bulk shipment to participating healthcare providers and are also collecting and reporting data to demonstrate the efficacy of home blood pressure monitoring. Brought to you by the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Emerging Practice

Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster Toolkit (RHAD Toolkit)

The Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit was developed to assess the reproductive health needs of women aged 15-44 years who have been affected by natural and/or man-made disasters.

Promising Practice

Partners In Pregnancy

Partners in Pregnancy is a partnership between Comprehensive Health Investment Project (CHIP) of Virginia and the Optima Health Plan aimed at improving health outcomes for high risk pregnant women and their infants.

Partners in Pregnancy provides high-risk pregnant women and their infants with the care they need to survive and grow up healthy. The program involves home visits and case management by CHIP nurses and Parent Educators, in combination with a medical home and regular nurse consultations provided by Optima Health.

Emerging Practice

Transition Interagency Group Envisioning Realization of Self (T.I.G.E.R.S.)

The Transition Interagency Group Envisioning Realization of Self (“T.I.G.E.R.S.”) is an interagency group of 10 organizations who work together to enable youth with special needs to transition into adult life.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Recommendation Tools to Align Fatality Review Programs to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

The Michigan Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program (FIMR) created tools to improve the process of how local FIMR recommendations were written, collected, and elevated to the state for analysis and to align with Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance recommendations to identify common themes/trends. Additionally, the tools assist with tracking and implementation of recommendations at the local level.

Promising Practice

Prenatal Plus Program

Prenatal Plus is a Medicaid-funded program that provides care coordination, nutrition and mental health counseling to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women in Colorado who are at a higher risk for delivering low birthweight infants.

Emerging Practice

Touching Hearts and Minds

Touching Hearts and Minds offers developed messages and educational materials that combine relevant, emotional ‘pulse points’ with current nutrition science to better connect with WIC families and more effectively promote the adoption of healthy behaviors.

Emerging Practice

Arizona Baby Steps to Breastfeeding Success

The Arizona Baby Steps for Breastfeeding Success worked with 31 Arizona Perinatal Trust certified hospitals to develop institutional changes in maternity care practices and increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.

Promising Practice

Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project

The Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project is a cost effective model that utilizes parents on-site in pediatric primary and specialty care practices to work directly with families identified by the physician as needing assistance with system navigation, resource identification, peer support and education.

Emerging Practice

Zero Fatalities – Utah Teen Driving Safety Task Force

The 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.

Emerging Practice

Youth and Young Adult Transition – Children’s Medical Service

This program supports youth and young adults with special health care needs to learn self-determination and develop strategies for a successful transition into adulthood by connecting them to a dedicated care coordinator at one of 22 local Children's Medical Services offices throughout Florida.

Emerging Practice

Dare to Dream Youth: Leadership Development Initiative

Dare to Dream (D2D) is a learning pathway for youth with special healthcare needs and diverse learners in grade 8 to age 21. The D2D Initiative focuses on creating and providing resources and activities to assist youth in developing and leading healthy lives as they move through transitional periods.

Emerging Practice

CMS Kids Network – Medical Foster Care

This program provides family-based care for medically complex children under the age of 21 in foster care who cannot safely receive care in their own homes.

Promising Practice

Get Healthy Together: WIC Staff and Clients Moving Toward Healthier Lifestyles

Get Healthy Together is one of five WIC special project grants supported in 2007 by USDA Food and Nutrition Service as part of the "Fit WIC 2" initiative. Within the theme Revitalizing Quality Nutrition Services, these special projects focused on mechanisms within WIC to address childhood obesity.

Emerging Practice

Tribal Court Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Program addresses critical issues facing children who are diagnosed with FASD and provides support to parents and caregivers.

Promising Practice

First 5 California Kit for New Parents

The First 5 Kit for New Parents is an innovative approach to reach new parents with information about parenting practices and community resources.