Inventory of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) for Healthy Start Programs
Evidence-based practices include actions, activities, strategies, or approaches that improve the health of women, before, during, and after pregnancy in order to improve birth outcomes and give infants up to age two years a healthy start. Also included in the collection are informational materials and tools that make it easier to implement evidence-based practices. To search by title, use the main search box located at the top of this page.
This toolkit is a practical, hands-on resource designed to promote culturally effective services for children and families. It consists of nine brief “chapters” addressing health literacy and cultural differences in areas such as health beliefs and practices, infant care and feeding, the role of women, and child behavior and discipline. Each of the brief narratives is accompanied by a list of resources, including links to supplemental reading, patient education materials in multiple languages, checklists, assessments, and more.
Health Literacy Nutrition Parenting Education Safe Sleep Socio-emotional Development for Children
Safe Sleep Well Child Visits
III. Expert guidelines—Protocols, standards of practice, or recommendations based on expert consensus.
The Beginnings Guide is an easy to understand pregnancy and childcare guide developed to improve health literacy. Used in 6+ home visitation programs serving low-income, ethnically diverse pregnant women and new parents, the guide was found to lead to significant improvements in functional health literacy scores across three ethnic groups and all reading levels and age groups. The approach/curriculum includes regular assessments of health literacy and should be integrated into established home visit programs. The guides are available to order online.
Health Literacy Parenting Education
Promote Quality Strengthen Family Resilience
Initiating Breastfeeding Intimate Partner Violence Smoking Abstinence
II. Promising practices—Innovative practices employed in the field, based on state-of-science knowledge about what works to improve outcomes, and gathering evidence of effectiveness.