A medical home is not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. The creation of a medical home for children with special healthcare needs and their families is an essential child health outcome promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A medical home addresses how a primary healthcare professional works in partnership with the family / patient to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met. A medical home is defined as primary care that is:

  • Accessible
  • Continuous
  • Comprehensive
  • Family-centered
  • Coordinated
  • Compassionate
  • Culturally effective

The primary health care professional can help provide access to and coordinate specialty care, educational services, in and out of home care, family support and other public and private community services that are important to the overall health of the child / youth and family.