Families

A medical home isn’t a place like a hospital or doctor’s office – it’s not a place at all. It is more like a way of keeping everything about your child in one place. Things such as hospitalizations, medicine history, dealings with insurance companies, referrals to specialists. The doctor listens to your concerns, respects your culture, and works with you to make sure medical and non-medical needs of your child and family are met. When your child has a medical home or medical neighborhood, it’s easier for doctors, nurses, and other providers to be on the same page and work together to coordinate care so that are no overlaps, gaps, or mistakes.

Often, the medical home is your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician. For some children who have multiple health care needs or disabilities, there may be three or five doctors and specialists involved as well as school nurses, therapists, and/or possibly other services from a community agency. All of these people become your child’s medical neighborhood and it may be one of the specialists who makes the most sense to be your child’s medical home.

Resources

Medical Home Videos

These American Academy of Pediatrics videos feature family advocacy experts describing specific benefits, strategies, and resources available to families partnering with child health professionals.

Brad Thompson, MA, LPC, Co-Founder, The Hali Project

 

Eileen Forlenza, Director, Family and Community Engagement, Colorado Department of Health