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

Cutting-Edge Practice

Safe Stars

Safe Stars recognizes youth sports leagues as gold, silver or bronze by meeting specific safety criteria.


Emerging Practice

Tennessee Safe Sleep Hospital Project

The Tennessee Safe Sleep Hospital Project was designed to provide an incentive for all birthing hospitals in Tennessee to develop a safe sleep policy by recognizing them for their efforts and providing free educational materials.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Screening Tools and Referral Training (START)

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (TNAAP) "Screening Tools and Referral Training" (START) Program provides free training to primary pediatric health care practices, medical education programs, and early childhood professionals to increase early identification and referral of children with developmental delays or behavioral problems by routine comprehensive developmental and behavioral screening.


Best Practice

Moving Beyond Depression

Moving Beyond Depression is a treatment program for depressed mothers of young children that is designed to be implemented alongside home visiting or similar early childhood prevention settings.


Emerging Practice

BreastfeedingTraining.ORG

The Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium is an online educational resource for provider education required to implement the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative®’s 10 Steps for Successful Breastfeeding.


Best Practice

Youth and Family Services Boys Health Program

A referral program designed around mentoring and helping boys ages 5-17 get the health focused visits such as counseling, dental and optical appointments they need. The advocates build programing around social and emotional learning with single and group settings. Services are for boys that may be at risk of developing physical, mental, or social health problems.


Emerging Practice

Individual + Policy, Systems and Environmental Approaches Technical Assistance

This mentored TA practice includes online training modules, a tailored workbook, and coaching for MCH health professionals to acquire skill sets in developing individual and policy, systems, and environmental (I + PSE) approaches to improving healthy eating and active living practices among vulnerable MCH populations and communities. The goal of the TA effort is to develop I + PSE skills sets in teams of MCH practitioners to more comprehensively address the wicked public health problems that exist in health systems.


Best Practice

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

The Parent–Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is an empirically supported intensive case management intervention serving pregnant or parenting mothers who have alcohol and/or drug use disorders, with the aims of helping mothers achieve and maintain recovery and build healthy family lives.


Cutting-Edge Practice

GROWTH with Doulas and Dads

The GROWTH Doula project provides pregnant women with the direct home visitation and Doula support that promotes healthy births, bonding, and mother/child attachment. The program provides prenatal support services, health education, mentoring, hospital labor and delivery assistance, breastfeeding, and nutrition support.


Emerging Practice

The Missouri Model for Brief Smoking Cessation Training

The Missouri Model for Smoking Cessation targets healthcare providers for training on how to implement these interventions with their patients.


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.


Promising Practice

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

The JJ Way® 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

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.


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.


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.


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

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

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.