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

Best Practice

Count the Kicks

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign that teaches expectant parents the method for and importance of tracking their baby’s movement in the third trimester of pregnancy, with the goal of lowering the country’s stillbirth rate and saving babies across the nation.


Emerging Practice

Parents as Detailers for Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Learn The Signs. Act Early" materials, Parents as Detailers trains parents of children with disabilities to conduct brief educational “detailing” sessions in primary care settings.


Emerging Practice

The Ohio Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review: The Use of Simulation Training to Prepare for Obstetric Emergencies

This project sought to reduce pregnancy-related maternal deaths by implementing a series of simulation trainings for medical and nursing staff working primarily within low-resource birthing centers in Ohio. T


Emerging Practice

Florida Newborn Screening Results-Online Access System

The goal of the Florida Newborn Screening Results (FNSR) is to get newborn screening results into the hands of the primary care physician by providing easy online access to these results.


Best Practice

Texas Children’s Hospital Healthcare Transition Planning Tool

The Texas Children’s Hospital Healthcare Transition Planning Tool is an assessment and education tool designed to facilitate health care transition planning during a clinic visit in order to prepare adolescents/young adults with special health care needs and their families to transition to adult-based care. 


Best Practice

PASOS Health Connections

PASOs was founded in 2005 after research showed that Latino families needed more support and information from a trusted source to address disparities and health inequities, and that our state’s support systems were not prepared to close the gaps. PASOs becomes a bridge between Latino families and the resources they need, bringing families’ voices forward to speak to the inequities that challenge them, and delivering information to families in a culturally appropriate way.


Best Practice

The HealthConnect One Community-Based Doula Program

The Community-Based Doula Program provides support to young families during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period.


Emerging Practice

Healthy Teeth Happy Babies

The Healthy Teeth Happy Babies campaign’s goals are to educate new and expecting parents in metro Denver about the connection between parent/baby dental health and motivate preventive behavior change, especially in high-risk (low-income/Hispanic) populations.


Promising Practice

Florida Infant Risk Screening Tool

The screening is offered to the parents of every newborn in Florida to identify those with the greatest risk of having health problems and post neonatal death.


Emerging Practice

Superior Babies Program

The Superior Babies Program aims to to reduce the incidence of FASD and other prenatal drug related effects in children of St. Louis County Minnesota by identifying and serving pregnant women suspected of or known to use or abuse alcohol and other drugs.


Emerging Practice

Power Your Life Preconception Campaign

The overall goals of the Power Your Life campaign were to raise awareness of preconception health and increase consumption of folic acid.


Promising Practice

Healthy Women, Healthy Futures

Founded in 2008, Healthy Women, Healthy Futures (HWHF) focuses on underserved populations throughout Tulsa County, providing education, skills, and support to create behavior changes that improve the physical, emotional, financial, and social health of nonpregnant women, their families, and future generations.


Best Practice

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation

Every Child Succeeds Evidence-Based Home Visitation program aims to promote positive birth outcomes, healthy child development, healthy parent-child relationships, safe and stimulating home environments, and self sufficiency. We build trusting relationships with at risk moms at a time when it is most important in their child’s development, ages 0-3.


Promising Practice

Women’s Health Education Navigation (WHEN) Program

The WHEN Program includes preconception/interconception health education, case management, patient navigation, and linkage to community-based services for women and infants who are justice-involved to increase the incidence of healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy infants.


Emerging Practice

Text4Baby & SoonerCare

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) is the first and only state Medicaid agency to implement an automatic notification process for SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid program) members to easily opt-in to receive Text4baby messages - the nation’s largest and only free mobile health messaging service for pregnant women and mothers with infants under age one.


Promising Practice

Ohio Gestational Diabetes Postpartum Care Learning Collaborative

In 2010, the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) maternal and child health and chronic disease programs joined together to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The team worked to ensure health care practitioners provided preconception, postpartum, and ongoing care for women to prevent GDM and T2DM; to educate women of child-bearing age about GDM and T2DM risks and increase their access to care to reduce their risk of T2DM; and to enhance understanding of the epidemiology of GDM in Ohio.


Promising Practice

Family Voices of California Project Leadership

Family Voices of California Project Leadership is a seven-session comprehensive training curriculum plus support services designed to help family members develop the skills and resources they need to partner at all levels and to engage in public policy advocacy activities in California on behalf of CYSHCN.


Promising Practice

Perinatal Substance Use Bundle

The Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) drafted a PSU practice bundle to establish a uniform process of identification and intervention from screening at the first prenatal visit to discharge planning and follow-up for both the mother and the baby.