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Evidence-Based & Best Practices

The Maternal Health Network has identified numerous evidence-based and best practice strategies and program approaches that can be considered by member organizations in support of the strategic plan goals contained within the MHN Strategic Plan.


MHN Strategic Plan Goals



Ensure there will be equity in experiences and outcomes amongst African American/Black families engaged in the maternal health system as compared to other groups.


Early Identification of Risk

Increase early screenings and connection to care for families with high risk pregnancies and ensure they know about and engage in healthy habits before, during and directly following pregnancy.


Access to Community Resources

Improve coordination of care and cross collaboration between sector providers and county coalitions so that families will know about and will be able to access services that meet their full range of needs.


Data Sufficiency

Increase reliable, timely and comprehensive data collection efforts across the maternal health network to drive quality improvement and decision making.


Provider Capacity

Equip the Maternal Health Network with a sufficient workforce to meet community needs in a culturally competent fashion.

Best Practice to Address
Strategic Plan Goal Area

Early ID of Risk
Access to Resources
Data Sufficiency
Provider Capacity
Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool
Based on a tool originally developed in Washington state, The Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool evaluates the impact of public policies, programs and administrative practices on health disparities in North Carolina.7F The HEIA uses data and community involvement to address health disparities and facilitate systems change and has been incorporated into the N.C. Perinatal Health Strategic Plan.8F The HEIA has also been adopted by Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health, an initiative of the North Carolina General Assembly which allocates $2.5M in recurring funds for three years to implement evidence-based interventions in maternal and child health to age five health departments serving 13 rural and urban counties.
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