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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Centering Pregnancy Plus Program (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Prevention & Safety, Teens, Women, Urban

Goal: The Centering Pregnancy Plus Project aims to reduce risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and improve health outcomes for young pregnant women, aged 14-21.

Centering Pregnancy Program (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Women, Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Goal: The goal of the Centering Pregnancy Program is to improve perinatal outcomes for low-income women and their infants through group prenatal care.

Head Start & Early Head Start

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Children, Families

Goal: The goal of Early Head Start (EHS) is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. The goal of Head Start is to increase school readiness of young children in low-income families.

Health and Safety Intervention with First-Time Mothers

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Children, Women

Goal: The goal of CBFRS is to advance the health and development of first-time mothers and infants through a home visit program.

Healthy Families America (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Families

Goal: Program goals include prevention of negative birth outcomes (low birth weight, substance abuse, criminal activity, child abuse, and neglect), increased parenting skills, healthy pregnancy practices, and the use of social systems.

Healthy Families New York (New York)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Social Environment / Children's Social Environment, Children, Families

Goal: The goals of HFNY are to promote positive parent-child interaction; to ensure optimal pre-natal care; to promote healthy childhood growth and development; and to enhance family functioning.

Healthy Start (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health

Goal: The initiative's primary purpose was to reduce infant mortality by 50 percent and generally improve maternal and infant health in at-risk communities.

Immunization Case Management Intervention (Los Angeles, CA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: The goal of this immunization case management intervention is to improve immunization rates among infants of low-income, urban, African American families.

IT'S TIME (Chicago, IL)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse, Women, Urban

Goal: The goal of IT'S TIME is to help low women of child-bearing age quit smoking.