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

Communities Supporting Breastfeeding

The Communities Supporting Breastfeeding is a designation that recognizes breastfeeding utopias, meaning communities that provide multifaceted breastfeeding support across several sectors: businesses, employers, hospitals, child care providers, public spaces, and peer support.


Promising Practice

Got Transition’s Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in Medicaid Managed Care

"Got Transition's Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in Medicaid Managed Care" is a replicable pilot program that incorporated the evidence-driven Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition into a Medicaid managed care plan by customizing and integrating transition core elements within a Medicaid plan's existing care management processes.


Best Practice

Pono Choices: A Culturally Responsive Teen Pregnancy and STI Prevention Program for Middle School Youth

Pono Choices is the first teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention curriculum developed exclusively for youth ages 11 to 13 in Hawai‘i. The curriculum is culturally responsive and introduces students to Hawaiian cultural terms, practices, and concepts that stress positive character development, including making “pono” choices.


Promising Practice

Power Me A2Z folic acid program

The Power Me A2Z folic acid and education program educates women of childbearing age about the importance of folic acid consumption, regardless of their pregnancy plans, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, or geographic location in the state, and provides free multivitamins with folic acid through an online order form and community partners.


Promising Practice

Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening (RAAPS)

The Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening© (RAAPS) is a standardized, validated risk screening and health education solution embedded in digital empathy, developed to support professionals in reducing the
risk factors impacting the health, well-being, and academic success of youth, and recognized by leading health organizations as an effective tool for time efficient and effect comprehensive youth risk screening.


Emerging Practice

Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS)

Alaska CUBS is an ongoing three year follow-up survey to the PRAMS survey. The CUBS program collects, analyzes, and disseminates population-based data about the health and early childhood experiences of young children in Alaska.


Emerging Practice

Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Statewide Hospital Training Program

Michigan’s Infant Safe Sleep Program wanted to ensure that nurses in birth hospitals were knowledgeable of the 2016 American Academy of Pediatric safe sleep recommendations and how to have effective conversations with families about safe sleep. The program began providing in-person infant safe sleep training and resources specifically to nurses caring for infants within hospitals (such as mother/baby and labor and delivery units). This practice has transitioned to virtual trainings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Best Practice

The Empower Program

The Empower Program, created by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) in 2010, provides a 50% reduction in child care licensing fees, in trade for voluntary implementation of ten health and nutrition standards.


Promising Practice

Washington Statewide Leadership Initiative Coalition

The Washington Statewide Leadership Initiative (WSLI) is a coalition that serves as a hub for family organizations, nonprofits, and professionals who provide peer support, family navigation, leadership development, and advocacy training to families of CYSHCN.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Missouri Milestones Matter

The Missouri Milestones Matter (MMM) Program leverages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) health campaign materials to embed developmental monitoring into early childhood services across Missouri.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Planning for Meaningful Family Involvement Worksheet

The Planning for Meaningful Family Involvement Worksheet will help Title V agencies and other policy bodies in thinking through steps to recruit, orient, and retain family representatives in order to achieve a more authentic partnership.


Emerging Practice

Healing, Empowering, Actively Recovering Together (HEART)

The HEART program is a pilot designed to improve outcomes for pregnant/parenting women with substance use disorder (SUD) and their children, who often have neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The HEART program integrated and co-located parenting classes, community resources, and peer support services within the one setting.


Emerging Practice

Standard of Compensation for Youth and Family Partners on Research Teams

Youth, families, and patients who work on research studies as co-investigators or research partners should be paid for their work and lived experience. The Standard of Compensation for Youth & Family Partners outlines standards for fairly compensating research partners and includes a comprehensive glossary of research terms. There is a second guide for researchers.


Emerging Practice

Children’s Dental Services

Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services is a non-profit dental safety net, providing a full range of culturally focused dental services and serving as Minnesota's primary school-based and largest single provider of dental care to over 37,000 low-income children and families annually utilizing an array of modalities including culturally targeted and translated curricula, Dental Therapists, Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienists, telehealth, silver diamine fluoride, and portable dental delivery systems.


Promising Practice

Cultivating Connections through Coordinated Referral Networks

Using technology paired with a collaborative implementation approach, Kansas Title V promotes cross-system referral coordination through the development of community-led networks that improve connections to needed services for families.


Emerging Practice

Partners in Care: Together for Kids

Partners in Care: Together for Kids (PIC:TFK) is the first publicly-financed health program for children in the nation that utilizes a pediatric palliative care model which integrates palliative with curative or life-prolonging therapies.


Best Practice

The Health-e-Access Telemedicine Program

The Health-E-Access Program, a telehealth network, is designed to increase access to healthcare for children, improve the economic stability of inner city families, and improve early education for underserved children.


Emerging Practice

Utah Clicks-Universal Application System

Based on the Universal Application System (UAS) technology, Utah Clicks is a web-based interagency application process designed to help families apply for multiple programs by completing paperwork online in a non-duplicative manner and submit their applications electronically to participating programs, such as Medicaid, WIC, CHIP, Head Start and others.