Best Practices Overview
As part of its commitment to serve as a national resource for members and to support state efforts to build successful MCH programs, AMCHP collects, reviews and disseminates emerging, promising and best practices from public health programs across the U.S. so that effective models can be shared and replicated among the MCH community.
What is a Best Practice?
AMCHP defines “best practices” as a continuum of practices, programs and policies that range from emerging to promising to those that have been extensively evaluated and proven effective, i.e. best practice. A best practice could focus on the health of women, adolescents, young children, families, or children with special health care needs. Focus areas include preconception care, mental health, data and assessment, financing, program and system integration, workforce development, injury prevention, emergency preparedness, family involvement, or other public health issues.
How are Best Practices Selected?
The Best Practices Review Panel, composed of AMCHP members, partners, and other experts in the public health field will review submissions and determine if a practice meets the designated criteria. Typically, new submissions are reviewed twice per year.
For a detailed explanation of how AMCHP defines Emerging, Promising and Best practices, click here.
To search AMCHP's current collection of practices, visit the Innovation Station database!
Best Practices Technical Assistance Project
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve maternal and child health outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is providing replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, applicants can request technical assistance support (i.e., travel funds or other seed resources) to learn how to adapt a specific Innovation Station practice (or elements of a practice) to their state or community. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources.
AMCHP Best Practices Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications Open
As part of an overall strategic goal to improve maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes by sharing effective and promising practices with state and territorial MCH programs, AMCHP is please to provide a third round of replication stipends to foster connections between states interested in replication or adaptation of a current emerging, promising or best practice in Innovation Station. Through this project, AMCHP will grant up to 5 technical assistance (TA) awards of $1,000-$2,000 for states to replicate or adapt an Innovation Station practice, or elements of a practice. Applicants will need to demonstrate readiness to adapt the practice in order to maximize technical assistance resources. Applications will be accepted through September 23. To access the RFA, click here.
Learn how states have used this funding to replicate promising practices! Click here to read about past experiences AMCHP's PULSE.
Submit Your Emerging, Promising and Best Practices Today!
AMCHP is seeking submissions of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health from Title V programs and public health agencies. Whether it’s an effective campaign to promote breastfeeding, an outstanding nurse-family partnership or a proven early intervention program for young children, get the word out about your best practice and contribute to AMCHP’s Innovation Station – a growing database of what is working in MCH. Best practice submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
1) Click here to download a PDF copy of the submission form. The submission form is also available in a Word document.
2) When you are ready to complete and submit your application online, click here to complete the application.
Resources to Prepare Your Submission
The following resources can help you determine when you are ready to submit your program and help you prepare a strong application. (The files are downloadable as PDFs):
- Should I Submit? Readiness Checklist: Based on the Review Panel's criteria, this quick assessment will help you gauge whether you are ready to submit your program to Innovation Station.
- "Tips for Submitting" presentation: A PowerPoint presentation that provides tips for preparing your submission, as well as a guide to the online submission process.
A Note About Submitting Your Best Practice
When submitting your application, please remember to:
- Clearly explain what you are doing, why you are doing it, what population are you targeting, how you are measuring success, what were the results of your activities
- Answer all questions completely as possible
- Clearly define all acronyms the first time they are used
- Check spelling
Please contact AMCHP staff if you would like any assistance with your submission.
- Share successes with your peers. Innovation Station provides an opportunity for you to enhance the MCH field by sharing your successful program and challenges and lessons learned with your peers, as well as policy makers and public health advocates.
- Receive national recognition. Best practices will be included in the Innovation Station database and may be featured in Pulse, AMCHP’s monthly electronic newsletter. Your state’s innovative program could receive a special award at the AMCHP annual conference.
- Contribute to program replication. AMCHP will help facilitate peer to peer technical assistance to support program and policy replication.
- Get expert feedback. Each submission is reviewed by subject matter experts who can offer suggestions to strengthen program and evaluation activities, and to move emerging and promising programs towards a "best practice."
Building an Evidence Base in Maternal and Child Health Practices [February 14, 2012]
This workshop session at the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference provided an overview AMCHP’s Best Practices program and featured three Innovation Station programs and their strategies for building a strong evidence base into their practice. Featured programs were: Alaska’s Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Project, South Carolina's PASOs Program and the Oregon Care Coordination (CaCoon) program. Click here to access the session recording and PowerPoints (located under the "Workshops" tab).
Action Call: Using Continuous Quality Improvement to Target Obesity in Latina Populations [November 22, 2011]
This Collaborate 4 Healthy Weight action call featured two of AMCHP's Innovation Station practices that address obesity in Latino populations: La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz (Chicago, IL) and the Healthy Weight Program (Holyoke, MA). Click here to download the PowerPoint and click here to watch the webinar recording.
Best Practices 101: AMCHP’s Approach to Collecting, Highlighting and Disseminating Effective Programs in MCH
On August 4, 2010, AMCHP held a webinar to provide an overview of our best practices program. Click here to download a PDF of the presentation. To hear the audio file of the presentation, click here.
Kate Taft, MPH
Program Manager, Child Health