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Medical Home “neighbors” are the clinicians and community service providers who work closely with primary care and patients / families to help identify and meet the broad array of clinical and non-clinical needs.  Find tips and tools to improve shared care.

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Medical Homes:

Families and Primary Care Providers Can’t Do It Alone

A medical home is not a building but rather it is a “family-centered way” of providing comprehensive primary health care services in a coordinated manner. Physicians, nurses and a variety of community service providers partner with families to optimize the child’s health and development, and assist with accessing services as close to home as possible.

The primary care practice serves as the “home” where the family and child or youth:

  • Feel recognized and supported
  • Find a centralized base for their medical care
  • Find connection to other medical and non-medical community resources
  • Primary health care providers, children and youth with special health care needs and their families typically need the support of a variety of allied health professionals, community programs and medical specialists to make medical homes work.

These medical home partners may include public health nurses, Family Resources Coordinators or other early intervention specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, nutritionists, mental health providers and dentists.

Allied health professionals partner with the family, child or youth and primary health care providers to ensure that the comprehensive health and developmental needs of the child and family are met.

Medical Home roles for allied health professionals may include:

  • Linking families with needed services and information
  • Helping coordinate care between one or more service providers
  • Helping the child and family understand and learn more about the child’s condition and how to support th
  • child’s growth and development.
  • Providing emotional support to the child and family
  • Providing a service, such as dentistry or counseling, that is part of comprehensive care
  • Sharing information and decisionmaking with the family and primary health care provider.

This section is currently under development. As we identify materials we will add them to the sections.

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Other Pages of Interest

The following pages may be of particular interest to allied health professionals:

  • 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. E Newsletters/Listserves to keep up to date on medical homes for children, or Training Calendars to link to Washington state continuing education calenders for families and professionals.
  • Leadership Network
    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
    Read what doctors are being encouraged to do to support medical homes and services for children with special health care needs and their families.