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Every Child Deserves a Medical Home So...What′s a Medical Home?

“A medical home is not a building, house or hospital, but rather an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality and cost-effective manner. Children and their families who have a medical home receive the care that they need from a pediatrician or physician (pediatric health care professional) whom they trust. The pediatric health care professionals and parents act as partners in a medical home to identify and access all the medical and non-medical services needed to help children and their families achieve their maximum potential.”
- American Academy of Pediatrics

Is it a place? Is it a concept? While it may be delivered in a place and was originally a concept, it is now defined as an “approach to providing health care in an accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective way.” Sound too good to be true? Do you mean for our kids with special health care needs? The answer is YES.

A team from Massachusetts including pediatricians, public health officials and parents have learned more about what a medical home should be and what other states are doing, and they are now working to create a plan of how our state can make this a reality in Massachusetts.

If you would like to learn more about the Medical Home Initiative or would like to participate in making this a reality in your community, please check out the opportunities listed below:

  • Visit the Family Voices Massachusetts website:

  • If you would like to help with this initiative, contact the Massachusetts Family Voices coordinator by e-mail: massfv@fcsn.org
For more information on parent-professional relationships, or on upcoming workshops, call your Family TIES Coordinator at

For more information on parent-professional relationships or upcoming workshops, call your Family TIES Regional Coordinator, or call us toll-free: 1-800-905-TIES (8437).

Family TIES of Massachusetts is funded and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.