MCH INNOVATIONS DATABASE

Welcome to the MCH Innovations Database, is a searchable repository of “what’s working” in MCH (aka practice-based evidence) which includes effective practices and policies from the field that are positively impacting MCH populations.  Practices are assessed along a continuum and receive a designation of Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best depending on their work’s demonstrated impact, among other criteria. Policies are assessed along four dimensions of Evidence, Equity, Relevance, and Impact and then given a designation of Evidence-Informed Policy Development, Policy Implementation, or Policy Evaluation.

For additional MCH specific evidence-based/informed strategies, check out the MCHbest Database which summarizes the science of what works from the peer-reviewed literature.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Building Capacity for Food Systems and Health Systems to Partner

Food pantries embedded within local communities are essential to the economic well-being of individuals and families whose circumstances make it difficult to access food as evidenced by frequency of individual visits to food pantries

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Emerging Practice

EACH Mom and Baby Collaborative

The EACH Collaborative is a partnership whose goal is to support the expansion and replication of perinatal community health worker (CHW) models in South Carolina through information sharing, technical support, funding opportunities and, perinatal specialty training for Community Health Workers.

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Emerging Practice

Virtual Autism Diagnostic Clinic

Through a unique partnership with Service Coordination units and hospital systems, Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania uses telehealth to identify autism spectrum disorder in toddlers. We provide early detection and easy access in the child's natural setting and no cost to the family.

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Promising Practice

STAT-MD: Early Identification of ASD for Pediatric Health Providers

The STAT-MD model is designed to teach enhanced ASD screening and diagnostic procedures to pediatric providers serving young children.

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Promising Practice

Perinatal Continuum of Care Toolkit for Action

The Perinatal Continuum of Care Toolkit for Action is a facilitator guide that builds capacity of providers across sectors to understand and embrace their role in supporting perinatal mental health.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

B’N Fit VIP

This project aims to expand youth access to culturally responsive after-school wellness programming by translating evidence-based in-person afterschool wellness programing to virtual and hybrid environments.

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Promising Practice

Connections™ Program

The Connections™ Program provides infant and toddler diapers to promote improvement in key children’s health indicators such as immunizations, well child visits and developmental screening. The Connections™ Program is a collaborative effort with the mutual objectives of restoring immunization rates and improving the percentage of Tennessee children achieving EPSDT goals.

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Policy Development

Colorado Birth Equity Bill Package

To protect human rights and address discrimination, mistreatment, harm, poor outcomes, and inequities in outcomes during the perinatal period, Colorado passed the Colorado Birth Equity Bill Package in the 2021 session: 1) Protection of Pregnant People in the Perinatal Period, SB 193 established basic human rights standards in perinatal care for all people, including those who are incarcerated, 2) Maternal Health Providers, SB 194 aligned perinatal care data and systems for equity, and 3) Sunset Direct Entry Midwives, SB 101 continued the Direct-Entry Midwifery program.

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Policy Development

Non-Punitive Approach to Substance Use in Pregnancy

This policy was developed in New Mexico in response to the federal CARA amendment to the federal CAPTA law that stated all state child welfare agencies are required to ensure every baby born exposed to substances receives a Plan of Care and that the numbers of babies receiving Plans of Care are reported to the Federal Agency.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Perinatal Wellness Coach Pathways Program

The Perinatal Wellness Coach Certification Training is designed to expand the skills, knowledge, and capacity of community-based birth work providers to support historically excluded childbearing populations with actionable steps toward wellness as it relates to Reproductive Consciousness®️ and is designed to improve preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, and mental health.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual training for Awake ABR services for non-audiology staff

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSM government restricted their borders to incoming passengers from airlines and vessels on March 2020. No one was allowed to enter for over a year and although some repatriation flights have been conducted, most restrictions are still in place. This extreme measure is needed because FSM does not have the resources, such as medical personnel and equipment, to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak. The arrival of COVID-19 has clearly created new challenges for the Title V/CYSHNCN and EHDI programs. The professionals who typically travel to the islands cannot provide resources and services. Telehealth support is needed so that children can receive Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations and other needed services and resources.

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Best Practice

Resilient Kern

Resilient Kern represents a system change model that evolved from serving only CYSHCN to a community-wide health equity initiative. As a broad-based coalition, Resilient Kern relies on a flat organizational approach that emphasizes care coordination principles and practices among equal partners, thus encouraging solution focused, collaborative approaches to problem solving to achieve lifelong health outcomes.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U01MC00001 Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement ($1,696,335). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.