MCH INNOVATIONS DATABASE

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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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 InTune Mother Society is bringing together a framework of traditional education that teaches reproductive well-being and holistic family planning, with wellness programs that focus on Preconception, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Parenting + Mental Health, all while centering Healing Justice and Anti-Racism practices for the future of Black and Indigenous childbearing bodies.

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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 (CA) Network of Care

The Resilient Kern (RK) Network of Care model addresses the complex needs and root causes of inter-generational medical and mental health conditions experienced by many Kern County residents.

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Promising Practice

Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health QI Collaborative

The Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health QI Collaborative developed, implemented, and evaluated a quality improvement initiative connecting high-risk prenatal patients to primary care after delivery and routine postpartum care.

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Promising Practice

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand supports the emotional well-being of children and the adults who care for them through five transformative caregiving and peer-support tools. Hand in Hand is continually focused on promoting the protective factors that address the root causes of disparities in child outcomes, and on supporting diverse communities to promote equity and justice.

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Emerging Practice

Gizmo Initiative

The Gizmo Initiative takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth through its book for youth (Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health), accompanying elementary school curriculum and website of resources, activities, and materials for youth and adults, alike.

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Promising Practice

Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) Kindergarten Readiness Program

SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) is a parent-focused home visiting program for families of three- and four-year-old children. SPARK cultivates school readiness by strengthening each child’s math, early literacy, and fine and gross motor skills, and social-emotional development; all services are provided in a culturally relevant manner. The program has been designed to identify the basic needs of families, as well as any developmental delays, specialized learning needs, and social-emotional issues. The school districts are partners in the program, collaborating with SPARK to provide smooth transitions into kindergarten and ensure the well-being of the families.

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Emerging Practice

PATCH Toolkits

The PATCH for Parents and PATCH for Teens Toolkits were created for educators of all kinds (working in schools, community and faith-based organizations, business, health care systems, and public health agencies) who want to help young people gain more independence and responsibility over their health and health care decisions.

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Emerging Practice

Health Equity Impact Assessment

The Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is a structured process which involves stakeholders to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs that impact population health and communities, with a goal of reducing health disparities and inequities.

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Emerging Practice

Resilient Children and Families Program (RCFP)

RCPF is a two- generation approach that alleviates family stress and the long-term impacts of adversity by promoting the social and emotional wellness of young children and the adults that care for them.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Review: TRACK Trails

Kids in Parks/TRACK Trails was created in an effort to get kids and families “un-plugged”, outdoors and reconnected to nature for both their health and the health of our parks and public lands.

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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.