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

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.


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.


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.


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

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

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.


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.


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

Safe Stars

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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

Woman of Color Health Equity Collective

Our vision is for women and girls of color to enjoy optimal health and well-being in a socially just world.


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

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 .


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.