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Who We Are / What We Do

The Washington State Medical Home website helps physicians, other health care providers, families and communities improve care for children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs, and their families.

We identify and filter for you the best practical and current tools, strategies, and examples of local and state activities in Washington to help you strengthen:

  • The patient- and family-centered medical home
  • The “medical home neighborhood,” which includes specialty and community services
  • Developmental screening in primary care practices and early childhood settings

The Medical Home is a model of primary health care that focuses on team-based care with the patient and family at the center.  It can be especially helpful for individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions.  But primary care can’t do it alone.  We are here to help primary care, families and community partners find the best ways to work together to improve care for vulnerable children and youth in Washington State.

We provide help with connections and technical assistance to state and local groups working to improve care for children and youth with special needs in Washington.   These activities include:

  • Medical Home Leadership Network teams
  • Community Asset Mapping
  • Child Health Notes
  • State efforts to promote developmental screening in practices (including the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Great MINDs trainings) and across early childhood settings
  • Initiatives to improve care for children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Workforce development including inservices and presentations on medical home, family-centered care and community resources to pediatric residents and other health care providers in training
  • Presentations, consultation and technical assistance to other organizations and individuals working on similar issues.

The website is produced by the Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project.  Our interdisciplinary staff are faculty and professionals at the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD).  We are funded by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Office of Healthy Communities  through a contract with the Healthy Starts and Transitions Unit to help with work on the six national performance measures for children and youth with special health care needs.

CHDD also provides support and we work closely with the UW  Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program as well as many additional partners.   

The US Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Grant HO2MC 00079) and the American Academy of Pediatrics National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs provided the funding for the development of the original project website in 2004.