AMCHP's Effective Practices

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As part of its commitment to serve as a national resource for members and support efforts to build successful MCH programs, AMCHP collects, reviews and disseminates evidence-based practices from public health programs across the U.S. so effective models can be shared and replicated among the MCH community.

AMCHP's Practice Continuum

AMCHP shares a continuum of practices, programs, and policies that range from cutting-edge, emerging, and promising to best (i.e. those practices which have been extensively evaluated and proven effective). Each category on the continuum builds upon the previous one.

Practice Categories​ and CriteriaContinuum.pngCutting-Edge Practice

  • Describes the need observed and how the practice addresses this need.
  • Describes the intended benefit to the key MCH population achieved by the practice.
  • Describes how the practice addresses health inequities and discrimination.
  • Describes who stakeholders are and why they were partnered with. 
  • Describes early signs of practice success.  

Emerging Practice  

  • Describes any existing theories, research, standards/guidelines, models, programs etc. that were used to develop and/or implement the practice. 
  • Describes how the practice addresses at least one social determinants of health.
  • Describes how stakeholders were involved throughout all practice processes and activities. 
  • Describes an evaluation plan appropriate for the scope of practice. 
  • Describes a process for identifying lessons learned. 

Promising Practice 

  • Describes relevant measures and methods for data collection and analysis.  Presents evaluation data that demonstrate positive outcomes.  
  • Describes any potential biases in the evaluation of the practice, including those due to cultural or racial/ethnic differences.
  • Describes how a continuous quality improvement process was implemented and any resulting changes made to the practice. 
  • Describes a process for identifying and assessing any unexpected or unintentional results.  

Best Practice

  • Provides evaluation data demonstrating that the practice addresses health inequities and discrimination at a systems level
  • Describes key stakeholders, how they were involved in main practice processes and activities, and any structures that support their meaningful participation in the practice. 
  • Presents evaluation data that clearly link positive outcomes observed to the practice and not to outside factors.  
  • Describes how the practice has been replicated and produced similar results for different populations and/or settings.  
  • Provides examples of how the practice has been externally validated such as through a peer review process, external evaluation, or dissemination of a report or product.

How are Practices Selected for Inclusion in Innovation Station?

The Best Practices Committee, comprised of AMCHP members, partners, and other public health experts, in addition to other MCH professionals review submissions to determine if a practice meets the criteria for inclusion in Innovation Station and if so, where it falls on the practice continuum. 

       To search AMCHP's current practices, visit the practice database! 

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 Submit Online Today!

Do you have a program or practice that is working well in your state, territory, or community? Submit it to AMCHP’s Innovation Station and share your success with the MCH field. Each year, AMCHP reviews submissions from across the US and designates accepted practices as Cutting-Edge, Emerging, Promising, or Best Practices. Accepted practices are showcased on our online Practice Database where they help to advance MCH practice and contribute to the evidence base. 

new (4).pngNow seeking submissions for the Fall 2020 Review!  Note: The deadline is October 30th. 

1) You can view and download the submission form as a PDF:Innovation Station Effective Practices Submission Form_Fall 2020.pdf or as a Word Document:Innovation Station Effective Practices Submission Form_Fall 2020.docx

2) When you are ready to submit your practice, send a completed Word version of the submission form to Laura Powis ( and Salomé Araya ( 

If you missed our overview orientation on the submissions process, you can access the recording here: