186165 Medical homes for diverse underserved populations

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 12:30 PM

Timothy S. Prinz, PhD , Policy and Research, Children's Health Fund, New York, NY
Sarah Overholt, MA , The Children's Health Fund, New York, NY
Arturo Brito, MD, MPH , The Children's Health Fund, New York, NY
The “medical home” was originally defined in the 1960's by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to address the need for an optimal level of health care for children with special health care needs. The AAP has identified seven features that characterize the medical home: care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.

This paper explores the concept of the medical home, particularly as it applies to medically underserved children, and presents several alternative models for providing a medical home to these populations, including mobile medical units, school-based health centers, and telemedicine. The paper demonstrates the potential of these alternative delivery forms to provide a medical-home model of care: care that is available and accessible, continuous and comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered, and culturally effective.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the concept of the medical home and assess the particular utility of this model for medically underserved populations. 2. Identify promising models of creating a medical home, including mobile medical units, school based health centers, and telemedicine. 3. Understand the importance of the medical home model for providing primary care for underserved populations.

Keywords: Vulnerable Populations, Models for Provision

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