INNOVATION HUB

Replication Projects

Each year, AMCHP awards up to four organizations to replicate a practice from the MCH Innovations Database. If selected, applicants receive tailored technical assistance and individualized guidance from AMCHP and representatives of the practice being replicated (i.e., coaches). AMCHP provides two tracks of technical assistance (TA) ─ the Capacity Building Track and the Implementation Track─ depending on an organization’s level of readiness to replicate a practice. 

This opportunity is open to all organizations or agencies interested in replicating an Innovation Hub practice. This includes, and is not limited to, community-rooted organizations, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and state and local public health agencies. You do not need to have a practice in our database to apply for a Replication Project.  

AMCHP’s Replication Projects are not designed to fully fund the replication of practice. Instead, they are an opportunity for applicants to get individualized guidance from national experts and peer state teams to apply an implementation science framework to approaching their work that will enable them to effectively replicate a practice in the future. 

Note: In alignment with AMCHP’s “Joint Organizational Commitment to Anti-Racism and Racial Equity” statement we will be prioritizing projects led by or directly supporting Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC); others experiencing systemic oppression; or those representing groups that have been historically oppressed. 

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 application cycle. Please see the “Applying for a Replication Project” tab below for more details.  

Explore the sections below to learn more about the Replication Projects and how to submit an application.

Format and Structure

The 2022-2023 AMCHP Replication Project will run from approximately May 2022-April 2023. AMCHP will provide two separate tracks of TA depending on an organization’s level of readiness to replicate an Innovation Hub practice: 

  1. Capacity Building Track: This track is designed for organizations who have selected a practice from the MCH Innovations Database to implement but need additional support and technical assistance to get the practice up and running. This track will focus on helping you develop and/or strengthen infrastructure and capacity necessary to replicate the practice you selected. The award for this track is up to $15,000.  
  1. Implementation Track: This track is designed for organizations who have selected a practice from the MCH Innovations Database and have demonstrated the organizational supports and partnership necessary to successfully implement the practice. This track will help you adapt the practice to your context, conduct small tests of change to determine which changes are effective/ineffective, as well as improve program sustainability. The award for this track is up to $25,000.  

Both Replication Project tracks are structured as cohorts with participants receiving group TA in the form of quarterly webinars which focus on specific tools and trainings aligned with the Implementation Stages Framework. For example, the Capacity Building Track will focus on content related to assessing needs and generating buy-in to support replication. The Implementation Track will focus on adaptation, small tests of change, and program sustainability. As a point of clarification, these two tracks are distinct, and you do not need to have participated in the Capacity Building Track to apply for the Implementation Track. Individuals who participate in the Capacity Building Track may also apply for the Implementation Track later.   

During the tracks’ quarterly webinars, participants will have the opportunity to share and gather insights from other awardees. Each awardee will also receive coaching support and replication guidance from a representative of the Innovation Station practice being replicated.  

Review our Readiness Statements/Questions to see if you’re ready to apply. Note: Replication Projects are not designed to fully fund the replication of a practice. Instead, these projects are an opportunity for applicants to get individualized guidance from national experts and representatives from practices in the MCH Innovations Database to apply an implementation science framework to their work that will enable them to effectively replicate or plan to replicate a practice in the future.

Check out this overview video of the Replication Project opportunity and application process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_GD4pJuGZw

Benefits of the Replication Projects

Benefits for organizations and agencies not already featured in the MCH Innovations Database participating in a Replication Project include:  

  • Increase the visibility and reach of your work  
  • Learn from a peer state/territory/organization that has already implemented the program about experienced challenges, lessons learned, and useful datapoints for measuring success   
  • Receive TA and support from national and state experts   
  • Build meaningful relationships with key partners, including family and community partners, individuals with lived experience, and direct service providers, while working on a specific project or initiative  
  • Develop a plan for project sustainability  
  • Increase your knowledge of implementation tools and processes   

Benefits for organizations and agencies whose Innovation Hub practice is being replicated include:  

  • Increase the visibility of your work  
  • Receive national recognition  
  • Build implementation and coaching skills by supporting someone to adapt your practice to a new context  
  • Fulfill a criteria requirement to be considered a Best Practice in Innovation Hub 
  • Work towards acquiring more evaluation data to support the efficacy of your program in multiple settings/contexts 

Check out the video below to hear from previous awardees on the benefits of participating in this opportunity.

Preparing to Apply for a Replication Project

Selecting an Innovation Hub Practice to Replicate
The first step before applying for AMCHP’s Replication Projects is to select a practice from the MCH Innovations Database that you would like to replicate. The MCH Innovations Database is a searchable repository of “what’s working” in the field that improves the health and well-being of MCH populations. Practices that have a designation of “Emerging”, “Promising”, or “Best Practice” are eligible to be replicated as a part of a Replication Project. We encourage you to contact a representative from the practice you are interested in to learn more about it before applying. 

Reviewing Readiness Statements
The next step in the process is to review the Readiness Statements linked here to determine if you are a good fit for this opportunity.

Check out our webinars to help you prepare:

Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on this opportunity, check out our FAQ document. If you have any additional questions, you can reach us at evidence@amchp.org.

Applying for a Replication Project

The application process for the Replication Projects consists of three steps:

Step 1: Reflect on the Readiness Statements on the AMCHP website and sign up for a Readiness Assessment Call

  • The first step in the application process is to review the series of readiness statements and participation criteria on the AMCHP website and determine your eligibility for the opportunity.
  • If you feel sufficiently ready to proceed after reflecting on these, use this link to sign up for a Readiness Assessment Call with AMCHP staff.

Step 2: Participate in a Readiness Assessment Call

  • During the call, you will be asked a series of questions to help determine if you’re ready to apply, and if so, which Replication Project track (Capacity Building or Implementation) is the best fit for you. AMCHP staff will also offer suggestions/ideas for developing your application based on any sections/areas you may want to strengthen. Again, you can sign up for the phone assessment using this link and you will find the assessment questions on our website. You are welcome to invite others to participate in the call.
  • The phone interview questions can be found here.

Step 3: Complete the Application for the Relevant Track

  • After the phone interview, you will receive a copy of the appropriate application form. For anyone who is not ready to apply based on the discussion, you will receive suggestions on additional resources to support your next steps.

You should complete all sections of your respective application form and are strongly encouraged to contact the Innovation Hub practice you would like to replicate to get additional information about the practice before applying. Contact information can be found by searching for the practice in the MCH Innovations Database or by emailing evidence@amchp.org. Please note that even if you are not awarded, you are still able to attend the technical assistance webinars and receive support from AMCHP staff.

Optional Office Hours 

AMCHP will be offering office hours in February and March in which they can address any questions or concerns. The office hours will be:

  • Feb 11, 2022 11:00 AM –12:00 PM ET
  • Feb 25, 2022 11:00 AM –12:00 PM ET
  • Mar 11, 2022 11:00 AM –12:00 PM ET
  • Mar 25, 2022 11:00 AM –12:00 PM ET

The link to join and register for office hours can be found here.

Replication Project Timeline

Below is the tentative timeline for the Replication Project opportunity. Please note this timeline is liable to change. 

January 25th, 2022  Application materials posted on website 
January – February 2022  Prospective applicants review readiness statements and schedule readiness assessment calls 
January – March 2022  Participate in readiness assessment calls 
March 28th, 2022  Applications due to evidence@amchp.org 
Week of April 11th, 2022  Awardees are selected 
Week of April 25th, 2022  Project launch/kickoff call 
Week of May 23rd, 2022  Training webinar on Implementation Stages 
Week of June 6th, 2022  Introduction to coaching call  

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Current Replication Project Awardees

Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), Bureau of Family Health

The Bureau of Family Health under PA DOH is preparing to replicate Innovative Approaches: Community Systems Building Grants for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) in the hopes of creating initiatives and practices that specifically target and work to eliminate systemic barriers and improve systems of care for CYSHCN. Innovative Approaches is a threefold initiative which uses a family-driven systems change approach rather than a program-based approach to address community improvements for families of CYSHCN. PA DOH will be collaborating with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health to pilot this initiative in Philadelphia County. This replication project is led by Danielle Rhodes of PA DOH and coached by representatives of Innovative Approaches: Debbie Biggerstaff (Cabarrus Health Alliance) and Kristin Dodge (NC Department of Health and Human Services).

Choosing Kind

Choosing Kind’s mission is to provide mothers with the resources and encouragement they need in order to thrive as individuals and within a family unit in the Philadelphia suburbs. Choosing Kind works to address postpartum depression through its many activities (peer-led support groups, educational outreach, and community engagement) and partnerships with the Women of Color Health Equity Collective (WOCHEC) and the Maternal Wellness Center. Founder Ashley Lugo and Co-Founder Victoria Edelman of Choosing Kind are preparing to replicate the WOCHEC’s Community-Based Perinatal Support Model with coaching from WOCHEC’s Board President, Dayna Campbell. This practice aims to address barriers to care to achieve optimal mental health outcomes for mothers and families.

Partnership for Children’s Oral Health (PCOH)

The Partnership for Children’s Oral Health is a network of organizations and individuals in Maine united by a common vision: “ensuring that all Maine children can grow up free from preventable dental disease.” PCOH works on systems changes to meet the oral health needs for all children and families, prioritize prevention, and address oral health as an essential element of overall health and well-being. PCOH partners will be collaborating to replicate the Virtual Dental Home model alongside their coach, Paul Glassman (Pacific Center for Special Care). The Virtual Dental Home model is a community-based oral health delivery system 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. PCOH hopes to lay a strong foundation with this replication project involving dental providers and local Head Start agencies in order to support future expansion of the VDH model in other settings as well.

Small World Yoga

In 2014, Executive Director, Liz Veyhl, founded Small World Yoga to connect people and create community by increasing access to yoga and its healing and transformative benefits. Small World Yoga provides free or deeply-discounted trauma-informed yoga and meditation to individuals living in Middle Tennessee, with recent community partner locations added in Oxford, MS. Keenan Hartman and Leah Friend of Small World Yoga will be replicating Urban Lotus Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth with coaching support from Nick Stanton (Urban Lotus Project) and Eileen Hough (NV Department of Health and Human Services). The Urban Lotus Project promotes physical activity and provides stress reduction tools for youth who are disproportionately affected and those with special health care needs, who are often exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Through this replication, Small World Yoga plans to expand its trauma-informed yoga for youth programming to continue to improve the health outcomes and lifestyle factors of adolescents.

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Previous Replication Project Awardees

Engaging Diverse Stakeholders in Systems Change for CYSHCN

Engaging Diverse Stakeholders in Systems Change for CYSHCN

Debbie Biggerstaff Innovative Approaches Coordinator Cabarrus Health Alliance Sonja Bohannon Thacker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. Co-Chair, Cabarrus Innovative Approaches Steering Committee Clinical Social Worker, Cabarrus Health Alliance Cabarrus County, N.C. A local...

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