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

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

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

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.


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.


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

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.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Incorporating the Social and 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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

The Clinic and Community Connections Project (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)

The Clinic & Community Connections Project brings medical providers into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders prevention by assisting and training clinical staff to incorporate comprehensive maternal alcohol screening, counseling, support and referrals.


Emerging Practice

CMS Kids Network – Medical Foster Care

The CMS Kids Network - Medical Foster Care 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.


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

Zero Fatalities – Utah Teen Driving Safety Task Force

The Zero Fatalities - 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.