Learn more about how to be an effective partner with your child’s doctor and other members of the Medical Home care team. Find tips, strategies and resources to support high quality, compassionate care for your child and family.
A medical home is a new approach to primary health care that provides a “home base” for your child’s health care needs. In a medical home, a doctor or other primary care provider, leads a team that partners with you to look at the needs of the whole child and family.
Your child’s primary care provider may be a doctor (pediatrician or family physician), nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
In a medical home, a primary care provider works in partnership with the family/patient to make sure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met. Through this partnership, the primary care provider, nurses and other member of the care team can help the family/patient access and coordinate services important to the overall health of the child or youth and family. These services include specialty medical care, educational services, out-of-home care, family support, and other public and private community services.
This partnership, or medical home approach, helps make sure that your child’s primary care, community service and specialty needs are met in a coordinated and complete manner. Children and youth who have special health care needs (developmental delays, disabilities or chronic health conditions) can particularly benefit from this type of care.
Families whose children with special health care needs receive comprehensive, coordinated care through a known and trusted doctor report greater satisfaction with the care, fewer emergency room visits, fewer parental days of lost work and other benefits.
In the Family Medical Home section:
- Medical Home ABC’s
What is a Medical Home- how to find and build a medical home for your child
- Partnering With Providers
Practical tips on partnering with your child’s doctors and other service providers, what to expect when you visit the doctor, how to prepare to get the most out of doctor visits
- Taking Care of Your Family
The balancing act for a family with special health care needs, support services for all members of the family
- Finding Services
How to find services for your child and family, including in your community
- Health Information
Finding and using trustworthy sources of information to learn more about your child’s health or developmental issues and how to meet them
- Coordinating Your Child’s Care
Tools and tips for keeping your child’s different services and treatment plans coordinated and working together
- School Tools
How to help your child’s doctor and school work together with you to benefit your child’s education and growth
- Organizing Your Paperwork
Papers, papers everywhere! How to keep your child’s lab results, treatment plans, reports etc organized and useful to you
- Paying for Services
Understanding health insurance and other ways to get the bills paid
How to prepare for transitions (such as between early intervention programs and school, adolescence to adulthood)
- Family and Youth Leadership
Information about how to make a difference for children with special needs as a parent leader for your own child, your child’s medical practice, community or the state.
Other Pages of Interest
In addition to the Family Pages, the following pages may be of interest to families:
- Resources and Support
To find a health care or other service provider, use Quick Key Contacts to make one call, Resources by County for county-specific lists of services available to support families, or Service Provider Directories to search for a doctor or other service provider.If you want to explore a topic in more depth try Resource Web Links for recommended websites, E -Newsletters/Listservs to keep up to date on medical homes for children, or Training Calendars to link to Washington state continuing education calendars for families and professionals.
- State Initiatives
Information for and about county resource teams promoting medical homes at the community level. Resources include the Child Health Notes library, brief updates sent to health care providers, child care centers and others with updates on screening and development, specific diagnoses, the family care notebook and other family tools, and other topics for Washington communities.
- Physician Pages and Other Service Providers
Read what doctors and other service providers (for example occupational therapists and nutritionists) are being encouraged to do to support medical homes and services for children with special health care needs and their families.
- Health and Developmental Monitoring
Health and developmental monitoring are important parts of well-child care for all children. Much of the information in this section is written for health care providers. However, families may also find a wealth of useful information in here. Look for information on the following topics: Health Monitoring, Developmental Monitoring , Vision, Hearing, and Growth.
Learn more about the Washington Medical Home Partnerships Project website, our funders and partners, plans to promote and support medical homes for children in Washington, similar efforts in other states, and how to contact project staff.