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

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 (PPEP)

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

Medical Emergency Preparedness Pediatrics

The Medical Emergency Preparedness Pediatrics Project helped strengthen Alaska's approach to pediatric emergency preparedness by centering the unique needs of children within planning processes.

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.

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.

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.

Emerging Practice

Parent Leadership Development

Parent Leadership Development enhances the capacity of parents of children and youth with special health care needs to advocate on behalf of their own and other children and families at local, state, and national levels to improve education, health, human services, and other policies affecting children, youth, and families.

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

Infant-Toddler Court Teams (based on the Safe Babies Court Team™ approach)

Infant-Toddler Court Teams are a collaborative practice that improves, aligns, and integrates systems and builds community capacity to advance the health and well-being of very young children and families who become involved with the child welfare system. The practice is driven by an overarching vision of prevention, in which systems-integration and capacity building strengthens family protective factors and addresses the social determinants of health.

Promising Practice

La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz

The La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz program helps promote healthy weight among low-income Latina girls.

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

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

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

Home By One Program

The Home By One program seeks to establish a dental home for all CT children by age one, particularly those at high risk, through an integrated partnership connecting parents, WIC nutritionists, pediatricians, dentists, and advocates.

Cutting-Edge Practice

Maternal Mortality Prevention Program

Colorado's Maternal Mortality Prevention Program uses a three-pronged approach of community-led solutions, clinical quality improvement, and public health programs to eliminate preventable maternal deaths in the State of Colorado, reduce maternal morbidities, and improve population health and health equity for pregnant and postpartum people.

Promising Practice

Oregon Care COOrdinatioN Program (CaCoon)

Oregon Care COOrdinatioN Program (CaCoon) is a community-based care coordination program for CYSHCN that helps families navigate barriers and links them with supportive services.

Promising Practice

Young Parent-Centered Case Management

The Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative's young parent-centered case management model is a two-generation model providing case management to expectant and parenting adolescents using a positive youth development approach that builds on participants' strengths. The program goal is to increase life opportunities and enhance family stability among young families through supporting educational attainment and employment; improving access to health services; supporting child development; and promoting healthy relationships.

Best Practice

Oregon Youth Transition Program

Oregon’s Youth Transition Program is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities to prepare them for employment or career related post secondary education or training.