New AAP Website Offers Pediatric Health Information for Parents is a new website designed for families seeking child and adolescent health information consistent with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policies and guidelines. The site contains information on more than 300 topics compiled from AAP parenting books, patient education materials and fact sheets. Content is organized into the following sections: Ages & Stages (prenatal to young adulthood), Healthy Living, Safety & Prevention, Family Life, Health Issues, News, and Tips & Tools. The site is also searchable by keyword, topic, age or gender.  

An Ask the Pediatrician corner provides a searchable database of current health issues. The Hot Topics area presents news and guidance on medication safety alerts, product recalls, and information generated by the AAP such as new policies and public awareness campaigns. Parents may also opt to register with the site, customize the view, and receive information specific to their needs. Visit today! 

Influence Medical Home Advancement with Data 

Brought to you by the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the AAP, the Medical Home Data Portal presents state-by-state summaries and state comparisons on how children are meeting the overall criteria for having a medical home.  

As Title V programs engage in policy-level discussions regarding the healthcare of children, this portal can provide state performance data on medical home for all children, including those with special needs. Data for these summaries and comparisons are taken from the National Survey of Children’s Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, which are sponsored by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau and conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.

The medical home measure used for this data set includes an assessment of whether children and youth:

  • Have a personal doctor or nurse
  • Have a usual source of care
  • Receive care that is family-centered
  • Receive care that is culturally sensitive
  • Obtain needed specialty care referrals
  • Receive needed help coordinating care across multiple providers and types of services

This user-friendly resource has the capability to interactively search and compare measures by important subgroups of children — such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, insurance type and household income. Further, states can be compared to one another or against the nation on the percentage of children who receive ongoing, comprehensive and coordinated care within a medical home. 

For more information, contact Angela Tobin or call (800) 433-9016, ext 7621.

New and Improved Medical Home Implementation Website—Available Soon! 

This spring, the National Center for Medical Home Implementation will launch a new and improved website! The new site will feature a plethora of resources and information designed to help you learn more about family-centered medical home and how practices, families, and states are implementing and advancing medical home in states, communities and practices. Informational destinations on the website include: 

  • How to Implement Tools/Resources: The National Center provides an extensive list of user-friendly tools and resources for implementation of medical home in the pediatric practice. Visit the How to Implement section to see how you can adapt these tools to best meet the needs of your child, patient or client.

  • Training Resources: A variety of tools and resources targeted towards pediatricians and the medical home care team that may also be of interest and/or use for families, youth, communities and states are available.

  • State Pages: Find out what’s going on around the country and in your state by visiting the State Pages section. This section includes information on state pediatric medical home initiatives, key contacts, partners, and related grant activities and initiatives.

  • Quick Links: The Quick Links section of the site features links to valuable resources and information including the Building Your Medical Home toolkit, upcoming conferences, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), and marketing materials.  A new area in this section focuses on new information and hot topics.

  • For Families: The For Families section of the site features links to tools and resources aimed at assisting families including the Building Your Care Notebook, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs), tips for partnering with your physician, Title V and links to the new AAP consumer Web site,
  • Spanish Resources: A variety of medical home resources are also available in Spanish. 

Subscribe to the National Center’s e-newsletter to receive notification of the website’s official launch and more! Medical Homes@Work is a monthly e-newsletter offering implementation tools and resources, training materials, and information about national initiatives, including updates from AAP medical home partners. To subscribe, send an e-mail with “Subscribe” in the subject line.