Ways to help spread information about Medical Home
Now that you are interested in establishing a medical home,
you may wonder "what can I do to get everyone on board"? One
of the best ways to help expand your medical home is to share information
with others about medical home.
There are a number of quick and easy ways to get the message
out to families that your practice is providing a medical home. Many of
these efforts will also help to enhance your practice staff's support
for change. Here are a few ways to expand awareness about medical home:
- Utilize the Medical Home visit card, developed by the Illinois Medical
Home project, to help families learn more about preparing for office
visits and managing their health care afterwards. The 2-sided card is
available in both English
Contact us to receive a free supply of the Medical Home visit cards
printed on heavy stock glossy card paper.
- DSCC has a general medical home information brochure
for families that you can utilize within your practice. Contact
DSCC to receive a free supply of these brochures.
- Develop a practice Newsletter to inform families about practice efforts
to expand medical home, upcoming events, resources, support groups and
highlight health promotion and prevention. Here are some sample newsletters
developed by Illinois medical home practices:
HealthCare Associates Newsletter
Rock Falls Pediatric Center Newsletter
- Create posters to place in your waiting room and exam rooms to inform
families about your efforts to provide a medical home. The Illinois
Medical Home Project has developed Medical Home poster templates, in
both English and Spanish, for practices to use. Here are some samples:
Contact DSCC for assistance in customizing and creating posters for
your office. Our staff will work with you to design free Medical Home
posters that meet your specific needs and can be printed at local printing
- Establish a Medical Home bulletin board and/or a Reference Library
in the waiting room where families can find information about diagnosis
specific information, current events, local resources and support groups.
Provide access to a current copy of the Exceptional Parent Annual Resource
Guide. Include books such as those published by DisAbililties
Books in your Reference Library.
The Special Addition
family newsletter, developed by the state Title V program for children
with special health care needs, is another resource to help inform families
about current issues and helpful resources. Each state publishes a version
of this newsletter that includes information about national as well as
state and local issues and resources.
You can find more suggestions and ideas for marketing your medical home
on the American Academy of Pediatrics National
Center for Medical Home Implementation.
For more information about any of these materials, use our Contact
Us page to request sample forms, brochures or more information.
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