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AMCHP Innovation Station: The Innovation Station is AMCHP’s searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health. This database allows you to learn more about maternal and child health programs across the United States and to benefit from the lessons learned by your peers. 

Highlight your work and submit to AMCHP’s Best Practices today. To submit a best practice, click here.


To learn more about best practices, watch AMCHP’s webinar, “Best Practices 101: AMCHP’s Approach to Collecting, Highlighting and Disseminating Effective Programs in MCH.” Or listen to the audio file.


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: For over a decade, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention, has systematically reviewed and recommended clinical preventive services. These recommendations are updated annually and compiled into a pocket guide. Recommendations can be searched by gender and age group.


The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange: The AHRQ Innovations Exchange is a searchable database of success stories. Major subject areas include clinical settings, stages of care, organizational processes, patient care, and quality improvement, among others. The database offers quality tools, practical tools, learning opportunities, and networking opportunities to meet the innovators.


The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Best Practices Project: The ASTDD Best Practices Project features a free online collection of best practice approaches for state, territorial and community oral health programs.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Guide, Guide to Preventive Services: The CDC has created a free online database of evidence-based programs and policies. Topic areas covered in the Community Guide range from adolescent health to obesity and the social environment. A total of 19 health topics are addressed. Uses of the community guide include informing policy, programs and services planning, funding opportunities, and general awareness around these topics.


Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University: The MCH Library at Georgetown University offers a combination of MCH information compiled by library staff and pathways to the best MCH information available on other websites, from organizations and in libraries. The following are a couple of evidence-based practices resources:

·         Effective Program Practices: A bibliography of materials that highlight evidence-based services, best practices, and evaluated and innovative programs in maternal and child health.

·         Effective Community Programs: A list of organizations that provide information on model programs, best practices, and other resources for those interested in evidence-based practices. 

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practice Database: NACCHO’s Model Practice Database is an online, searchable collection of innovative best practices that address various public health issues. Both maternal and child health and adolescent health best practices are represented in the database.


The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Be Replicated: The OAH has reviewed and recommended almost 30 teen pregnancy prevention programs to be implemented in states. Though most are school-based, some teen pregnancy prevention best practices have also been recommended for community-based and clinical settings. The site offers links to the evidence for the program, as well as guidance for implementation.


The Promising Practices Network: This website, operated by the RAND corporation, provides a one-stop shop for promising and best practices in mental health, teen pregnancy prevention, and other maternal and child health-related topics.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP): NREPP is a free online registry of evidence-based mental health and substance abuse interventions.