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. 

Also check out our partners’ work for more MCH practices and policies grounded in peer-reviewed literature: MCHbest database: Search for evidence-based/informed strategies related to the 15 National Performance Measures (NPMs) through the MCHbest database that summarizes the science of what works in the peer-reviewed literature.

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Emerging Practice

LEND Trainees as Family Navigators

A structured introduction to family navigation for future professionals, that connects families of young children with ASD to community care while promoting compassion, awareness, and understanding of family experience for care providers.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Maternal Experience Survey (MES)

The Maternal Experience Survey (MES) is a community tool designed to improve care and reduce childbirth-related disparities for Black birthing people.

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Emerging Practice

SPAN Empowering Women

SPAN’s dual strategy of providing Peer to Peer Support Groups to at-risk women of childbearing age and provider education during the third and fourth years of funding and expanding upon lessons learned in years five and six to educate youth through high school presentations have shown to be effective at increasing knowledge and raising awareness about FASD prevention, social determinants of health, and risks of alcohol use.

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Best Practice

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is an indirect, evidence-informed mental health service that pairs an experienced mental health professional with adults who work with infants and young children in the different settings where they learn and grow, such as child care, preschool, home visiting, early intervention and primary care.

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Emerging Practice

Child Development Clinic Services

The need for early diagnosis of conditions such as autism is well known, but the availability of clinicians and other professionals able to evaluate children for autism and other behavioral/developmental conditions is lacking. In order to help alleviate this need, the Virginia Department of Health collaborates with five providers across the state to offer services through its Child Development Clinic (CDC) program.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual Autism Diagnostic Clinic

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania's Virtual Autism Diagnostic Clinic increases efficiency, reduces wait time and eliminates geographic barriers by bringing together developmental specialists and clinicians using a virtual healthcare model to evaluate children 18 months to 3-years old in the comfort of their homes

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Best Practice

Family Connects

The Family Connects model is an evidence-based and successfully demonstrated program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits.

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Best Practice

Infant-Toddler Court Teams, based on the ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Team Approach

Infant-Toddler Court Teams are a collaborative practice that improves, aligns, and integrates systems and builds community capacity to advance the health and well-being of very young children and families who become involved with the child welfare system. The practice is driven by an overarching vision of prevention, in which systems-integration and capacity building strengthens family protective factors and addresses the social determinants of health.

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Promising Practice

NAS Surveillance Program

In 2013, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to require reporting of NAS for public health surveillance purposes. Providers are required to report all diagnoses of NAS within 30 days of diagnosis.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Alaska Virtual Home Visiting Summit

The Alaska Home Visiting Summit brought together home visitors and early intervention providers from across the state for a two day virtual training on healing and self-care and understanding the evolving practices and challenges around virtual home visits and domestic and interpersonal violence (IPV).

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Promising Practice

NC Project AWARE/ACTIVATE Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education/ Advancing Coordinated and Timely InterVentions, Awareness, Training, and Education

North Carolina’s Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) also locally known as NC Project ACTIVATE (Advancing Coordinated and Timely InterVentions, Awareness, Training, and Education) addresses the three tiers of mental health (promotion, prevention, and intervention) through a continuum of education, universal screening, and appropriate services and supports for all students in response to varying levels of need.

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Emerging Practice

Integrating Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) into School-Based Health Centers

This innovative program in Denver, CO works to eliminate barriers, improve education, and increase access to PrEP for adolescents, regardless of insurance or ability to pay for services, in an urban school-based setting.

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