Background Information

Posted on: December 28, 2010

Illinois Medical Home Project

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. The “Coordinating Care Between Early Intervention (EI) and the Primary Care Medical Home” initiative aims to overcome barriers to referral and care coordination for children eligible for EI services by improving communication among primary care practices, Child and Family Connections staff, and families.

Key background articles are listed below:

The Effectiveness of Infant and Early Childhood Programs

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

This article features presentations by a panel of experts discussing the impact of early childhood interventions at a Congressional briefing on June 11, 2009. [...more]

Medical Home 2009: What It Is, Where We Were, and Where We Are Today (2009)

Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH; W. Carl Cooley, MD; and Bonnie Strickland, PhD

This article discusses the potential of the medical home concept as a model for chronic illness care and prevention. [...more]

Health Disparities and the Primary Care Medical Home: Could It Be That Simple? (2009)

Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH

This commentary suggests that implementation of the medical home model in pediatric primary care could reduce health disparities. [...more]

Improved Outcomes Associated with Medical Home Implementation in Pediatric Primary Care (2009)

W. Carl Cooley, Jeanne W. McAllister, Kathleen Sherrieb, and Karen Kuhlthau

This study discusses the relationship between the implementation of medical homes in primary care practice and the utilization of health services and patient satisfaction. [...more]

Prevalence of Developmental Delays and Participation in Early Intervention Services for Young Children (2008)

Steven A. Rosenberg, Duan Zhang, and Cordelia C. Robinson

This study offers a national estimate of the percentage of children who are eligible for Part C services and the proportion of young children who are receiving early intervention for developmental problems. [...more]

Evaluation of Early Stimulation Programs for Enhancing Brain Development (2008)

Christine Bonnier

This article focuses on the evaluation of early stimulation programs. [...more]

Communication About Child Development During Well-Child Visits: Impact of Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status Screener With or Without an Informational Video (2008)

Laura Sices, Dennis Drotar, Ashley Keilman, H. Lester Kirchner, David Roberts, and Terry Stancin

This study demonstrates the positive impact of a parent-completed developmental screening on parent-physician communication and the additional effect of a parent activation intervention on that communication in primary care. [...more]

Pediatricians’ Appraisals of a Universal Checklist for Making Early Intervention Referrals (2007)

Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette, Anne Gramiak, and Glinda Hill

This article discusses the results of a survey of pediatricians’ assessments of the usability and applicability of a universal checklist for identifying infants and toddlers who may be eligible for early intervention services. [...more]

Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families: Participants, Services, and Outcomes (2007)

Kathleen Hebbeler, Donna Spiker, Don Bailey, Anita Scarborough, Sangeeta Mallik, Rune Simeonsson, Marnie Singer, and Lauren Nelson

This article looks at important policy issues and examines the demographics of children and families being served in early intervention programs, the services they receive, and the outcomes they experience. [...more]

Quality of Preventative Healthcare for Young Children: Strategies for Improvement (2005)

Neal Halfon, Moira Inkelas, Melinda Abrams, and Gregory Stevens

This article presents strategies for improving the identification of developmental and behavioral issues by pediatricians. [...more]

First Experiences With Early Intervention: A National Perspective (2004)

Donald B. Bailey, Jr, PhD, Kathleen Hebbeler, PhD, Anita Scarborough, PhD, Donna Spiker, PhD, and Sangeeta Mallik, PhD

This article explores the early intervention system and families’ initial experiences in determining their child’s eligibility, interacting with professionals, working to obtain services, and participating in planning for services. [...more]

Developmental Screening Is an Important Part of Well Care

Dianna Ploof, Ed.D, and Sara C. Hamel, MD

This brief article presents a set of principles for implementing developmental screenings. [...more]

Increasing the Number of Infants Participating in the State’s Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities

Stephen E. Saunders

This article highlights the early intervention program in Illinois and how to increase enrollment in the program. [...more]

Partnering with Parents to Promote the Healthy Development of Young Children Enrolled in Medicaid (2002)

Christina Bethell, Colleen Peck, Melinda Abrams, Neal Halfon, Harvinder Sareen, and Karen S. Collins

This article addresses the gap between pediatric care guidelines and physician practice. [...more]

Estimating the Cost of Developmental and Behavioral Screening of Preschool Children in General Pediatric Practice (2001)

Deborah Dobrez, Anthony Lo Sasso, Jane Holl, Madeleine Shalowitz, Scott Leon, and Peter Budetti

This article presents a model for estimating the cost of providing pediatric developmental and behavioral screening that can be tailored to reflect a pediatric practice’s patient population and choice of screening method. [...more]

For more information about the Coordinating Care Project, please contact:

Jodie Bargeron, MSW, LSW
Manager, Medical Home Initiatives
Illinois Chapter, AAP
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026 ext 209
Fax: 312/733-1791