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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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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Cutting-Edge Practice

Maternal and Child Health Programs & Child Welfare: A New Partnership in Connecticut to Improve Child Outcomes

This training practice increased the knowledge of Child Welfare staff in Connecticut on young child development and recognizing developmental milestones, how to identify red flags, document those interactions, concerns, and make beneficial referrals.

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Emerging Practice

Newborn Screening Education Best Practice Framework

The Newborn Screening Education Best Practice Framework is intended to help users design and evaluate approaches to newborn screening awareness building and education efforts. This framework will guide them through the process of selecting contextually appropriate newborn screening education approaches.

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Health Screening Services for Expectant and Parenting Student Parent Programs at Colleges and Universities

Nine Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided free and voluntary health screening and education services to expectant and parenting college and university students such as assessing students’ needs, referring students to campus or community services, and screening for depression and/or intimate partner violence (IPV).

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Cutting-Edge Practice

Nurse Education Webinar Series (NEWS)

The School Health Program is partnering with the Missouri Telehealth Network to provide a series of webinars designed for school health professionals. The webinars will focus on the latest information relating to managing children in the school setting with health issues and/or special health care needs.

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Promising Practice

Parent Coaching Within a Pediatric Primary Care Practice

There is an increasing awareness of the need for pediatric practices to provide holistic care to their patients, inclusive of parents, since up to 50% of health outcomes are attributable to social and economic factors. This program addresses that need by embedding parent coaches within pediatric practices to intervene swiftly and mitigate the potential for negative long-term health and social concerns.

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