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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Emerging Practice

Expanded eligibility for WV CYSHCN through enhanced screening

The West Virginia CSHCN Screener uses the CSHCN Screener© and questions from the National Survey of Children’s Health as a framework to implement a flexible definition of children with special health care needs to broaden the scope of children who are identified and to inform care coordination services across systems of care.

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Policy Evaluation

Shared Plans of Care for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN)

The Colorado Department of Public Health’s Title V program partners with Local Public Health Agencies to provide care coordination to children and youth with special health care needs (birth-21 years) and their families.

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Policy Implementation

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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Policy Development

DC MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE

The MMRC was created by the DC City Council in consultation with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to identify the causes of maternal mortality in DC and determine actions that can be taken to decrease the rate.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual programming and mental health support for CYSHCN families

The goal of the program was to provide telehealth services to the Binder Autism Center, endocrinology and Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families. Throughout the pandemic, we offered virtual services to the patients and the families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. We achieved this goal by facilitating virtual, social skill development groups, cooking, yoga, and karate classes, open parent support groups, parent workshops etc. The framework was in place, the BAC always offered individual, group, and parent services.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Virtual Support for Families of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When the COVID 19 pandemic hit in March, with a statewide shut down and virtual only services, Arizona Hands & Voices (AZHV) quickly transformed their operations to provide families with one-to-one and group support from teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), Deaf mentors and DHH Guides by adapting their Guide By Your Side (GBYS) Program for a virtual setting.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Integrated Services Program: Facilitating telehealth through the loan or lending of cellular technology and tablets

The Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) created a “lending library” of the 30 laptops and mobile hotspots to be available to families who would benefit from telehealth visits. The lending libraries are located at various agencies throughout the State of Utah.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Group Connections Livestream Home Visiting Education

During the pandemic, the Turtle Mountain Tribal Home Visiting program implemented monthly group synchronous video conferences on Facebook Live that provide health education and support to families virtually.

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Promising Practice

Medical Home Community Team (MHCT)

The Medical Home Community Team (MHCT) provides intensive, “home-grown” and high-quality home-visiting services to especially vulnerable and marginalized black and brown Philadelphian children and their families, centered on social determinants of health (SDoH) risks. The team works collaboratively with the referred child’s pediatric medical home and in equal partnership with MHCT families to address the impacts of racial and health inequities.

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Promising Practice

MCPAP for Moms

MCPAP for Moms builds the capacity of perinatal providers to effectively prevent, identify, and manage their pregnant and postpartum patients' mental health and substance use disorders (SUD).

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Promising Practice

United Way Family Center

The United Way Family Center (UWFC) pairs embedded clinical supports with high quality early childhood education to promote the educational attainment of young parents and their children while developing parenting and leadership skills. The UWFC utilizes a trauma-informed, attachment-based model to increase safety and stability for its families to support families in overcoming barriers to their educational success.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Mothers Rising Home Visiting Program

The Mothers Rising Home Visiting program (MRHV) integrates social and health intervention methods employing social proximity, cultural congruence, MV Perinatal Health Worker training, and a 3-generation approach to yield improved perinatal outcomes and social conditions for black women, creating stability for the family unit, and improving trajectories for multiple generations and the greater community.

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