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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Emerging Practice

LEND Trainees as Family Navigators

The "LEND Trainees as Family Navigators" program is 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. Developed by the NAACP Atlantic City Black Infant and Maternal Mortality (BIMM) task force and the Prematurity Prevention Initiative, this tool allows birthing people to share their experience in a safe manner embedded with identity acceptance and respect.

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Emerging Practice

SPAN Empowering Women

The SPAN Empowering Women project provides leadership training and education to, as well as supports and facilitates community engagement, for women of childbearing age whose children are at risk of elevated blood lead levels and/or at risk of being born with fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in NJ.

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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 Services (CDC) program.

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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 Virtual 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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Best 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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Emerging Practice

Expanded eligibility for WV CYSHCN through enhanced screening

Our program Expanded eligibility for WV CYSHCN through enhanced screening using 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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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.