Primary care practices with a medical home approach enhance the quality of life for children and youth, including those with
special health care needs. MHI's mission is
to enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and young adults, including those with
special health care needs. MHI accomplishes this mission by increasing access to medical home primary care, especially in under-served regions of the state and by including patients and family members/caregivers in decision making and by providing technical assistance to primary care practices. Parent Partners alongside primary care professionals make services more patient-friendly. Parent Partners also
provide support to family members/caregivers whose children’s care is creating
is consistent with the Title V Block Grant National Performance Measure 11,
which measures progress toward: “The percent of children with and without special
health care needs having a medical home."
Why is a Medical Home Approach Important?
Primary care practices who build the seven principles of a medical home into their work provide better care for children, youth, and young adults. Health professionals and families work together as partners to identify and arrange all services needed to help children and youth, including those with special health care needs, reach their potential. A medical home primary care practice stands for seven principles.
1) Care Coordination - the primary care professional helps the patient and family access other health professionals and community resources
2) Patient-Centered - the patient's wishes are of highest importance; the primary care professional always checks in with patients and their family members about options for care
3) Comprehensive - the primary care professional takes into account the patient's physical health, emotional health, mental health, behavioral health, and oral health
4) Continuous - the child receives care from the same primary care professional whenever possible
5) Compassionate - the focus is on patient well-being and comfort
6) Culturally Effective - primary care professionals find ways to serve patients of all backgrounds, including those who speak little or no English
7) Accessible - the primary care practice accepts new patients, is available when patients need care, makes every effort to offer same-day scheduling, moves toward full accessibility and provides communication options such as an online patient portal