Partnering With Your Doctor

Posted on: September 21, 2010

Illinois Medical Home Project

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A medical home is an approach to providing primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.  In a medical home, the primary care team develops a trusting relationship with the family and works as a partner to assure that all of the child’s needs are met.

Through its medical home initiatives, ICAAP works with individual physicians, primary care practices, and community and state agencies to support the dissemination and implementation of the medical home model, with a focus on improving services for children with special health care needs.

Key articles and information about establishing a partnership with your health care provider:

Partnering With Your Doctor: The Medical Home Approach

Region 4 Genetics Collaborative

This guide helps families of children who have genetic conditions to work with their doctors to build a medical home. [...more]

Parent Partners: Creative Forces on Medical Home Improvement Teams

Center for Medical Home Improvement

This guide defines and describes the role of the parent partner on the medical home improvement team. [...more]

A New Way…A Better Way. The Medical Home Partnership: Building a Home Base for Your Child With Special Health Care Needs

New England Serve

A brochure that provides a checklist for families to use in choosing a physician for their child or as a way to start a conversation with their child’s doctor about medical home. [...more]

Building Early Intervention Partnerships With Your Child’s Doctor: Tips From and For Parents

Washington State Department of Social and Human Services, Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP)

This brochure includes practical tips from and for parents in how to choose, partner, and talk with your child’s doctor. [...more]

Do You Have a Medical Home? Making Certain Your Child and Family Receive Coordinated, Comprehensive, Quality Health Care Within a Medical Home (2006)

Ann Donoghue Dillion and Jeanne Walker McAllister

This article offers ten easy steps for parent-driven medical home improvement. [...more]


For more information about ICAAP’s medical home initiatives, please contact:

Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP
Associate Executive Director, Programs
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
1400 W Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026 ext 208
Fax: 312/733-1791