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

Best Practice

Nurse-Family Partnership®

Nurse-Family Partnership® empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies.


Best Practice

Massachusetts Partnership for Early Childhood Mental Health: LAUNCH/MYCHILD Model

LAUNCH/MYCHILD is an integrated behavioral health model that embeds an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician and a Family Partner in pediatric primary care to provide early identification, brief intervention, and facilitated referrals to services and resources, in order to promote nurturing relationships, prevent concerning behaviors and reduce the families’ stressors.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Incorporating the Social & Structural Determinants of Health in Colorado’s Title V Program

The Colorado MCH Program used a structured, data-informed and inclusive needs assessment process to incorporate a focus on addressing the social and structural determinants of health into Title V new priority selection for 2021-2025.


Promising Practice

Safe Sleep Diaper Bag Project

The Safe Sleep Diaper Bag Project includes education to caregivers on safe sleep guidelines, provision of a diaper bag filled with materials that have a safe sleep message and a follow-up visit to determine any changes in the way caregivers practice safe sleep.


Promising Practice

Birth and Beyond California: Hospital Breastfeeding Quality Improvement and Staff Training Demonstration Project

The Birth and Beyond California program provides women with the support and resources necessary to initiate and maintain exclusive breastfeeding starting at birth.


Promising Practice

Internatal Care Program (ICP)

The Internatal Care Program (ICP) provides clinical care, care coordination, and health education/promotion to women with poor birth outcomes.


Emerging Practice

Community Engagement Assessment Tool: Supporting Family, Youth and Community Engagement in all MCH/CYSHCN Programs

This practice outlines an annual process for local programs, that receive Title V funding, to assess their engagement with family, youth and community members, and provides a method to enhance their practice of engagement throughout the year.


Promising Practice

The JJ Way® Model of Maternity Care – Easy Access Clinic

The JJWay® Model of Maternity Care provides quality prenatal and postpartum care with the goal of eliminating disparities due to race and socio-economic class. We have developed a model that uses a collaborative, team-based approach which has significantly reduced the incidence of preterm births and low birth weight babies, with no accounts of maternal mortality.


Emerging Practice

Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health Quality Improvement Collaborative

The Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health (CCMH), led by AllianceChicago and EverThrive Illinois, aims to improve maternal health outcomes in the ambulatory care setting via quality improvement initiatives, community engagement, and policy advocacy. AllianceChicago has developed the CCMH Quality Improvement Collaborative, and has engaged ambulatory care partners, including FQHCs and hospital clinics, to inform and implement quality improvement initiatives for their patient populations.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Perinatal Continuum of Care

The Perinatal Continuum of Care tool illustrates the myriad services that new and expectant families frequently encounter and describe opportunities to address perinatal mental health across these service sectors, highlights opportunities for providers from across sectors to support mental health and wellbeing for parents, caregivers, babies and families during pregnancy and early parenting and demonstrates that we all have a role to play in helping families find the supports they need to thrive.


Promising Practice

Quality Improvement in Maternity Care via Project ECHO

The telehealth Obstetric Safety Bundle sessions (formerly called Project ECHO sessions) seek to educate and encourage hospitals statewide to implement components of the evidence-based Maternal Safety Bundles. These were developed by the Council for Patient Safety in Women's Health Care and Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Heath (AIM) with the goal of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.


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).


Promising Practice

On-Demand Telesimulation in maternal-newborn care and clinical lactation

Go beyond boring webinars! On-Demand Telesimulation is the first and only online program for live, clinical practice with pregnant or lactating patients and their newborns. Healthcare professionals who complete telesimulations receive oral and written feedback on their clinical performance relevant to lactation support and maternal-newborn care.


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.


Cutting-Edge Practice

MoMMA’s Voices Champions Training Center

MoMMA's Voices Champions Training Center offers training to patient family partners that provides a basis of understanding in order to be effective partners in change in maternal health outcomes.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities in California through Lactation Accommodation Workgroup

The purpose of the “Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities in California through Lactation Accommodation Workgroup” is to collaborate to build capacity to support workplace lactation accommodation in California and reduce related equity disparities.


Emerging Practice

Family Navigator Network

The Iowa Family Navigator Network (FNN) includes professionally trained staff members with lived experience as the parent or primary caregiver for a child with special health care needs. Family Navigators in the FNN provide family to family support, assisting parents or primary caregivers of CYSHCN with systems navigation, connecting them to community resources, and providing emotional support from the perspective of similar experiences. Members of the FNN are employed by the University of Iowa Division of Child and Community Health, which encompasses Child Health Specialty Clinics, Iowa’s Title V program for CYSHCN.


Promising Practice

Back to Sleep Training for Nursery Room Nurses

The Back to Sleep Training for Nursery Room Nurses is a training which aims to improve the knowledge, skills and beliefs of hospital nursing staff regarding the proper positioning of infant during sleep.