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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.

Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children: About the Program

The Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children (BCBMHC) program provides free medical home quality improvement (QI) facilitation support and resources to practices across the state. Participating practices work to provide high quality preventative care, acute care, and chronic condition management in a planned, coordinated, and family-centered manner. Through the BCBMHC program, practices…

  • Create effective medical home QI teams;
  • Participate in a Learning Collaborative with other practices;
  • Learn from mentor teams who have been through the process;
  • Receive coaching on how to include families in QI efforts;
  • Increase accessibility and cultual competency;
  • Learn how to implement effective care coordination;
  • Learn how to provide planned, pro-active care, including development of written/electronic care plans;
  • Utilize validated assessment tools to facilitate practice improvement and measure change over time
  • Become a DSCC medical home provider and benefit from increased reimbursement; and
  • Learn about the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Medical Home recognition program and how to apply.

Currently there are seven practices/clinics and three mentor sites participating in the BCBMHC program.  At this time the program is free and is made possible by grants from the Michael Reese Health Trust and the Chicago Community Trust.

Building Community-Based Medical Homes QI Teams

BCBMHC Participating Practices/Clinics Lead Physician City
Pediatric Ambulatory Care Clinic and High Risk Follow Up Clinic, Fantus Clinic, Stroger Hospital Judy Neafsey, MD Chicago
Wheaton Pediatrics, Ltd. Ruben Rucoba, MD Wheaton
Order of Saint Francis (OSF) Medical Group, Washington Pediatrics Shelly Shallat, MD Peoria
OSF Medical Group, Knoxville Avenue Pediatrics John Galbreath, MD Peoria
Family and Community Medicine, Carbondale and West Frankfort Clinics Quincy O. Scott, DO Carbondale/West Frankfort
Mentor Practices Lead Physician City
Children’s Health Center Sara N. Parvinian, MD Gurnee
North Arlington Pediatrics Tim Geleske, MD Arlington Heights
LaRabida  Children’s Hospital, Premier Kids Program Edith Chernoff, MD Chicago

Medical Home Training and Resources

Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children Program Learning Session 1 Videos (Flash Player required) (May, 2010)

Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children Program Learning Session 2 Recordings (September, 2010)

Resources for Providers

Resources for Youth and Families

Medical Home Newsletters

Illinois Medical Home Newsletter, 6th Edition, November 2012

Illinois Medical Home Newsletter, 5th Edition, June 2011

Illinois Medical Home Newsletter, 4th Edition, June 2010

Illinois Medical Home  Newsletter, 3rd Edition, March 2009


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