The MCH Innovations Database is a searchable repository of “what’s working” in MCH that includes effective practices, programs, and strategies from the field that are positively impacting MCH populations. Practices in the database are assessed along a Practice Continuum and receive a designation of Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best Practice depending on the level of evidence demonstrating a practice’s impact, among other criteria. AMCHP defines evidence holistically according to the following definition to capture the full-breadth of information and practice-based insights that can support the effectiveness of an intervention:
Evidence in public health can be broadly defined as anything that demonstrates a given initiative is having its intended impact for a specific community or population. Recognizing that public health work happens in “real world” settings, evidence in the public health field is inherently practice-based. What public health considers evidence is not limited to the best available scientific research evidence; it also emphasizes and values community-defined evidence and the values, needs, and preferences of those with lived experience.
MCH Innovations Practice continuum
Learn more about the criteria for each designation by clicking the dropdowns below or check out our Minimum Criteria Checklist.
To ensure all practices contribute to improving health equity as an integral component of overall program sustainability, AMCHP has aligned the criteria on the evidence continuum to evaluate practices with a variety of equity assessments, including the Racial Equity Impact Assessment, Is My Implementation Practice Culturally Responsive Checklist, Foundational Practices for Health Equity, Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide, and the MCH Leadership Competencies.