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

Promising Practice

Rhode Island Department of Health Internship Program for Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

The RIDOH developed an initiative that contributes to reducing health inequities for youth with special needs by providing work experience opportunities for YSHCN, who are traditionally an underemployed population because of their challenges.


Promising Practice

Developing, Testing, and Scaling “Coordinated Intake & Referral”

The primary objective of this initiative was to develop a community-driven approach to Coordinated Intake & Referral, using the state’s universal prenatal and infant screens, that could be adapted and scaled statewide through local Healthy Start Coalitions in Florida.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Graduated Driver License Education

The Graduated Driver License Education program aimed to increase parental and teen knowledge of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) driving restrictions and subsequently lead to better enforcement and compliance with GDL laws.


Promising Practice

Virtual Dental Home Project

The Virtual Dental Home System of Care (VDH) is a community-based oral health delivery system, developed in California, in which people receive dental diagnostic, preventive, and early intervention services in non-clinical community settings such as schools, WIC, Head Start sites, low-income community centers, and nursing homes.


Promising Practice

Expanding Early Identification Efforts through Electronic Development and Social Emotional Screening

Ten community-level, public screening agencies, including education, public health, primary care and Head Start programs, participated in a sixteen-month electronic screening pilot opportunity from August 2015 through December 2016. This pilot aimed to consolidate screening forms for a variety of agencies into a centralized electronic screening platform that could be used by agencies that provide screening to families of young children.


Promising Practice

Adolescent Champion Model

The Adolescent Champion Model is a multi-faceted intervention to address a health center’s environment, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects of a visit to the health center are youth-centered.


Emerging Practice

Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP)

The goal of the Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process is to improve services for adolescent patients at clinical practices across the country. The ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment tool and improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles.


Emerging Practice

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of youth and young adults who have demonstrated leadership through their involvement with Dare to Dream or other statewide youth initiatives and have an interest in helping their peers who want to improve their school and communities. The Council provides feedback and collaborates with the Office of Special Needs on a variety of activities, programs, policies, and resources that affect the health, wellness, and transitional needs of youth in the State.


Promising Practice

Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Training

The Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) intervention aims to enhance the “attunement” between providers and parents and strengthen the provider-parent relationship. FAN’s ultimate goal is strengthening the provider-parent relationship, resulting in parents who are attuned to their children and ready to try new ways of relating to them.


Promising Practice

Rhode Island Health Equity Zones

Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative is an innovative, community‐led, place‐based model that brings people in a defined geographic area together to create healthy places for people to live, learn, work, and play.


Best Practice

One Key Question®

One Key Question® is a transformative tool for health and social service providers that starts the conversation about if, when, and under what circumstances women want to get pregnant and have a child.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Using Barbershops to teach Period of PURPLE Crying/Infant Development

This pilot project adapted Period of PURPLE Crying (POPC) materials from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) to appeal to men in Tulsa-area barbershops. The goal of the practice was to increase the number of African American men in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area who recognize infant crying as normal development, have reasonable expectations for crying episodes, and could share this knowledge with others.


Promising Practice

Parent Coaching Within a Pediatric Primary Care Practice

There is an increasing awareness of the need for pediatric practices to provide holistic care to their patients, inclusive of parents, since up to 50% of health outcomes are attributable to social and economic factors. This program addresses that need by embedding parent coaches within pediatric practices to intervene swiftly and mitigate the potential for negative long-term health and social concerns.


Promising Practice

PASOS Connections for Child Development

PASOs Connections for Child Development was developed to address the specific strengths and challenges of Latino families with young children in a new immigrant settlement area. It uses a culturally tailored, early identification and referral model, that aims to address the screening gaps and deficits related to school readiness often experienced by Latino children.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Nurse Education Webinar Series (NEWS)

The School Health Program is partnering with the Missouri Telehealth Network to provide a series of webinars designed for school health professionals. The webinars will focus on the latest information relating to managing children in the school setting with health issues and/or special health care needs.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Health Screening Services for Expectant and Parenting Student Parent Programs at Colleges and Universities

Nine Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided free and voluntary health screening and education services to expectant and parenting college and university students such as assessing students’ needs, referring students to campus or community services, and screening for depression and/or intimate partner violence (IPV).


Emerging Practice

Newborn Screening Education Best Practice Framework

The Newborn Screening Education Best Practice Framework is intended to help users design and evaluate approaches to newborn screening awareness building and education efforts. This framework will guide them through the process of selecting contextually appropriate newborn screening education approaches.


Cutting-Edge Practice

Mothers Rising Home Visiting Program

The Mothers Rising Home Visiting program (MRHV) integrates social and health intervention methods employing social proximity, cultural congruence, MV Perinatal Health Worker training, and a 3-generation approach to yield improved perinatal outcomes and social conditions for black women, creating stability for the family unit, and improving trajectories for multiple generations and the greater community.