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- Clarify the role of allied health professionals within a medical home.
- Identify tips and tools, including communication forms, to help allied health professionals in their roles as medical homes partners.
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 and allied health professionals 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 the 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.
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Other Pages of Interest
The following pages may be of particular interest to allied health professionals:
Diagnoses and Conditions
Links to detailed care guidelines for your doctor and family-friendly handouts and websites for asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and low birthweight/prematurity. Even if your child does not have the particular conditions covered here, there are some good family-friendly websites to explore such as medlineplus.gov and the kidshealth.org
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/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.
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.
Read what doctors are being encouraged to do to support medical homes and services for children with special health care needs and their families.
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