In a Medical Home, families and providers work together as partners to access all the services needed for a child-both medical and non-medical. Medical Home is as much an attitude as it is a way of delivering care. Families are recognized as the main caregivers and the center of strength and support for children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Medical Home is a primary care practice that is "accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective, and for which the primary care pediatrician shares responsibility."
Medical Home is an important part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services' "Healthy People 2010" plan. The goal of Healthy People 2010 is to improve the health of all people-including children with special health care needs.
What Does Medical Home Mean to You and Your Child?
Medical Home is a helpful way to think about your child's whole system of care. If your child has a condition or disability that requires extra care, referrals to specialists, and/or other services, ask your child's primary care provider (PCP) about Medical Home. You can also find out more information about Medical Home from:
- American Academy of Pediatrics at 847-434-4000
- Massachusetts Family TIES at 800-905-TIES (8437) or 617-624-5992 (TTY)
- Massachusetts Family Voices at 800-331-0688 x210 or 617-624-5992 (TTY)
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 800-882-1435 (in Mass. only), 617-624-6060 or 617-624-5992 (TTY)
Tip: For tips on Medical Home, see the page A New Way...A Better Way. The Medical Home Partnership: Building a Home Base for Your Child with Special Health Care Needs, available from the American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois Chapter.
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.