This page provides an overview of the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, including formation, goal & network, impact, leadership, and staff. 

Updated: January 2020


      • Over the past 15 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has led the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), a cooperative agreement between the AAP and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The goal of the NCMHI was to ensure that all children–especially those with special health care needs–receive care within, and had access to, a medical home.
      • During its operation, the NCMHI succeeded in the following:
          • providing technical assistance to a large number of pediatric medical home stakeholders;
          • developing and expanding relationships and collaborations with national organizations and family leaders and partners; and
          • creating and promoting an extensive array of tools and resources for the implementation and advancement of pediatric medical home.
      • The most recent cooperative agreement supporting the NCMHI began on July 1, 2013 and concluded on June 30, 2018.
      • The AAP was awarded a 5-year cooperative agreement with MCHB supporting patient/family-centered medical home. This cooperative agreement began July 1, 2018 and will conclude on June 30, 2023. This new cooperative agreement is the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH).

 Goal and Network

      • As the recipient of the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is one of three organizations funded via this new cooperative agreement from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of the cooperative agreement is to implement innovative programs and activities to address fragmented systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).
      • The AAP is joined by Catalyst Center (Boston University) and Got Transition (The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health) to form a national network of technical assistance resource centers, Advancing Systems of Services for CYSHCN Network (Network). Together—in collaboration with the MCHB—these organizations will develop shared goals and activities to address three main areas to improve outcomes for CYSHCN and their families—health care financing, transitions, and patient/family-centered medical home.
      • The goal of the network is to engage 90 percent or more of state Maternal and Child Health Title V / CYSHCN programs in technical assistance, training, education, and partnership building activities designed to demonstrate improvement in one or more of the following areas:
          • coordinated, ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home for CYSHCN
          • youth with special health care needs receive the services necessary to make transitions to adult health care
          • adequate private and/or public insurance to pay for needed services for families of CYSHCN
      • Network Year 1 Summary
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      • The goal of the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) is to improve the health and well-being of, and strengthen the system of services for, children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families by providing technical assistance and supporting implementation of the patient/family-centered medical home model.
      • The Healthy Tomorrows Resource Center (HTRC), which provides technical assistance to Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) grantees, will also be administered via this new cooperative agreement. The newly funded HTRC will continue to provide technical assistance to HTPCP grantees and collaborate closely with the NRC-PFCMH to support and promote implementation of patient/family-centered medical home through Healthy Tomorrows programs, which a focus on marginalized communities.

 Impact and Expertise

      • Over 15 years of experience with pediatric medical home implementation.
      • More than 4,200 technical assistance requests answered from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US Territories.
      • Multiple educational resources created including webinars, resource guides, monographs, and instructional videos.
      • Collaboration with over 50 national, state, and local organizations.
      • Distribution of medical home evidence, literature, and best practices through publication and presentation at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
      • In addition to the above initiatives, the National Resource Center receives funding to support the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI). Support of the EHDI program allows the National Resource Center to expand its initiatives related to pediatric medical home implementation.
      • For more information, visit "National Initiatives." 


The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home is honored to have the following medical home leaders serving on its Advisory Committee.


      • Deborah Garneau, MA, Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Special Needs
      • Luz Adriana Matiz-Zanoni, MD, FAAP, Columbia University Medical Center,
        Washington Heights Family Health Center


      • Marcus C Allen, MPH, Virginia Department of Health, CSHCN Program
      • Fatima Hadi Al-Shimari, University of Washington
      • Tamara Bakewell, Family to Family Health Information Center
      • Robert Cicco, MD, Retired
      • Janet DesGeorges, Hand & Voices
      • Rhonique Shields-Harris, MD, MHA, FAAP, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
      • Joan Jeung, MD, MS, FAAP, Asian Health Service
      • Christina Kasprzak, MA, Trohanis Technical Assistance Projects Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
      • Jacqueline Kueser, Children's Hospital Association
      • Jennifer L Lail, MD, FAAP, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center
      • Lisa Shapiro, MPA, Families USA
      • Tiffany Scott, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
      • Thomas D Scholz, MD, FAAP, Iowa Department of Health, Child and Community Health
      • Caroline Stampfel, MPH, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
      • Kate Taft, MPH, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
      • Renee M Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP, St Christopher's Hospital for Children
      • Jennifer Walton, MD, MPH, FAAP, Nisonger Center UCEDD
      • Dana Yarborough, Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Family Involvement


      • Karen VanLandeghem, MPH, National Academy for State Health Policy

Maternal and Child Health Bureau Liaisons:

      • Sarah Beth McLellan, MPH


      • Christina Boothby, MPA
        Principal Investigator, National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home
        Senior Manager, Systems of Care and Medical Home Initiatives, American Academy of Pediatrics
        Ms Boothby oversees all medical home activities at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and serves as the principal investigator of the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH or National Resource Center). In this role, she oversees the priority projects and initiatives related to systems of care improvement for children and youth with special health care needs and medical home and family-centered care implementation. Ms Boothby provides support and strategic direction to AAP staff, health care providers, states, and other key stakeholders in developing integrated, community-based, family-centered systems of care initiatives that improve access to health care services for children and youth via medical home.
      • Jamie Jones, MPH
        Manager, National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home
        Ms Jones oversees all technical assistance, priority projects and initiatives of the National Resource Center. Ms Jones participates on national, state, and local medical home committees and provides direction to all National Resource Center educational and training initiatives.
      • Krysta Gerndt, MPH
        Program Manager
        Ms Gerndt develops, supports, and leads various National Resource Center initiatives related to systems building efforts. Ms Gerndt also supports National Resource Center program evaluation and quality improvement projects.
      • Müge Chavdar, MPH
        Program Manager
        Ms Chavdar develops, maintains, and disseminates National Resource Center technical assistance tools, resources, and communication outlets. Ms Chavdar manages multiple National Resource Center efforts and pilot projects related to medical home implementation, training, and sustainability.
      • Melannie Vallejo, BA
        Asssistant to Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs 
        Ms Vallejo provides administrative support to all National Resource Center projects and initiatives. Ms Vallejo assists with the provision of technical assistance as well as maintenance of various National Resource Center communication outlets.