Medical Home


Medical Home: Children with special health care needs will receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home.          

Once identified, children with special health care needs require a medical home: a source of ongoing routine health care in their community where providers and families work as partners to meet the needs of children and families. The medical home assists in the early identification of special health care needs; provides ongoing primary care; and coordinates with a broad range of other specialty, ancillary, and related services 1.

The National Center of Medical Home Initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Center works in cooperation with federal agencies, particularly the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), to ensure that children with special needs have access to a medical home. The National Center provides support to physicians, families, and other medical and non-medical providers who care for children and youth with special needs.

  1. Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Achieving and Measuring Success: A National Agenda for Children with Special Health Care Needs