The Medical Home Campaign explains to parents and caregivers
what a "Medical Home" is and how to use it. The campaign
grew out of three goals:
- To increase proper use of a primary care provider for
preventive and primary care services.
- To reduce inappropriate use of the emergency room for
non-emergency, primary care services.
- To assure that all families, and especially families
who have children with special health care needs, establish
a medical home to assure a source of continuous, comprehensive
and coordinated care.
In its simplest terms, a "Medical Home" is a primary care
provider's office where parents take their children for all
their children's health care needs. A "Medical Home" can
be a doctor's office, community clinic, or local health department.
It's where the staff knows the child and the child's health
history. And it's where parents can turn for advice or help
in caring for their child during office hours or after-hours.
Medical Home Campaign
materials are free and available by bulk order.
The Medical Home Campaign is a joint effort between the:
- N.C. Healthy Start Foundation
- N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division
of Public Health, Women's and Children's Health Section
- N.C. Foundation for Advanced Health Programs and their
Community Care of North Carolina Initiative
- Epley Associates
History of the Term "Medical Home"
The term "Medical Home" was first used by the
Children with Special Health Care Needs community. It describes
health care that is accessible, family-centered, continuous,
coordinated, compassionate, and culturally competent. The
special needs community not only pioneered this phrase, but
also the idea that this is the standard of care that physicians
should provide and parents should expect.
We are indebted to the special needs community for their
vision and their articulation. This campaign endeavors to
make the "Medical Home" the standard of care for
all of North Carolina's children.
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Last updated: March 2010