What is your child’s Medical Home?
A medical home is the kind of care we all want and deserve – it is the way your child’s pediatric health care team approaches providing care for your child.
A Medical Home means that your pediatric team:
- Knows your child’s health history.
- Listens to your concerns and needs, as well as your child’s.
- Works in partnership with you to make sure that the medical and non-medical needs of your child and family are met.
- Creates a trusting, collaborative relationship with you and your child.
- Treats your child with compassion and an understanding of your child’s specific strengths.
- Develops a care plan with you and your child when needed.
- Respects and honors your culture and traditions.
A Medical Home means that you and your child:
- Are comfortable sharing concerns and questions with your pediatric team and other health care providers.
- Routinely communicate your child’s needs and family priorities to your pediatric team to promote communication and coordination between your family and other health care providers, as well as educational and community services when necessary.
- To read more about a medical home, visit the links listed below:
American Academy of Pediatrics – The National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs (NCMHI). The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (National Center) is focused on ensuring all children and youth—particularly those with special health care needs—have access to a medical home.
Family Voices. Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through its national network, it provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
Healthy children.org. This website provides information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) many programs and activities, policies and guidelines, publications and other child health resources, and more.
National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ). NICHQ (pronounced “nich-cue”) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been working for more than a decade to make children’s health and healthcare better through quality improvement. It helps healthcare professionals and delivery organizations, foundations, government agencies and community organizations make meaningful and sustainable system improvements so the children they serve can achieve their optimal health. NICHQ stems from the vision of a team of pediatric and public health leaders who saw a critical need to improve children’s healthcare so all children receive high-quality services. That original vision continues and has expanded beyond clinical settings to include a focus on many other social and community determinants of children’s health.