A state priority for Virginia is for each child to establish and maintain a medical home. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive and high-quality primary care.
The Virginia Medical Neighborhood project builds on the medical home concept and seeks to ensure that all children, typical and special needs, are receiving quality, comprehensive care with the implementation of a “medical neighborhood” that includes primary care providers, specialist providers, pharmacies, schools, churches, community organizations, medical insurance, and other partnering government agencies.
A medical home is:
- Accessible: Care is easy for the child and family to obtain, including geographic access and insurance accommodation.
- Family-centered: The family is recognized and acknowledged as the primary caregiver and support for the child, ensuring that all medical decisions are made in true partnership with the family.
- Continuous: The same primary care clinician cares for the child from infancy through young adulthood, providing assistance and support to transition to adult care.
- Comprehensive: Preventive, primary, and specialty care are provided to the child and family.
- Coordinated: A care plan is created in partnership with the family and communicated with all health care clinicians and necessary community agencies and organizations.
- Compassionate: Genuine concern for the well-being of a child and family are emphasized and addressed.
- Culturally Effective: The family and child’s culture, language, beliefs, and traditions are recognized, valued, and respected