This page provides an overview of the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, including its goal, impact, leadership, and staff.

Updated: May 2017


The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (National Center) is focused on ensuring all children and youth—particularly those with special health care needs—have access to a medical home.

The National Center achieves this goal through the following:

    • Developing and distributing tools and resources for medical home implementation
    • Providing technical assistance and support to practices, clinicians, families, communities, and states
    • Conducting pilot projects focused on the core components of the medical home
    • Collaborating with local, state, and national partners to facilitate partnership and medical home system change

In 2013 the National Center began an formal partnership with the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program. Through this partnership, the National Center is able to advance system changes and new initiatives at the community, state, and national levels to support family-centered medical home implementation for all children and youth, particularly those who are vulnerable and medically underserved.  

Learn more about National Center activities and accomplishments by reading, "A Restrospective Look at Programs and Initiatives Toward a Family-Centered Medical Home for Every Child and Youth: 2008 -2013"  and view the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Informational Flyer.

 Impact and Expertise

    • Over 15 years of experience with pediatric medical home implementation.
    • More than 3,500 technical assistance requests answered from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
    • 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.
    • Implementation and evaluation of pilot projects, with results including the following:
        • Family-Centered Care Assessment Pilot Project: a 20% increase in family-centered care knowledge among participating pediatricians.
        • School Nurse Pediatric Care Coordination Project: over 150 school nurses educated on the importance of cross-system care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs.
        • Community-Based Medical Home Implementation Project: increased awareness and understanding of family-centered care in the context of Hispanic culture among 100% of participating families, clinicians, and practice staff.
        • Care Coordination Training Pilot Project: over 80 care coordinators trained across three states using the Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum.
        • Shared Plan of Care Testing Project: four diverse practices across the United States implemented a shared plan of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
    • In addition to the above initiatives, the National Center receives supplemental funding to expand its initiatives related to pediatric medical home implementation. The supplemental funding provides support for the following projects:
        • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
        • Rural IMPACT
        • Establishing a network of trained pediatric clinicians to care for children with congenital Zika infection

For more information, visit “National Initiatives.”


The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is honored to have the following medical home leaders serving on its Project Advisory Committee.


  • William Carl Cooley, MD, FAAP, Crotched Mountain Foundation and Rehabilitation Center

Member Emeritus:

  • Calvin Sia, MD, FAAP, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children


  • Richard C Antonelli, MD, MS, FAAP, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Bev Baker, Family Voices
  • Mary Erickson, DNP, RN, PNP, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Deborah Garneau, MA, Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Special Needs
  • Joan Jeung, MD, MS, FAAP, Asian Health Service
  • Thomas S Klitzner, MD, PhD, FAAP, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jennifer L Lail, MD, FAAP, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center
  • Amy Mullins, MD, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • William Schwab, MD, Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care
  • Christopher Stille, MD, MPH, FAAP, University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Colorado

American Academy of Pediatrics Liaisons:

  • Virginia Keane, MD, FAAP, Council on Community Pediatrics
  • Mark Hudak, MD, FAAP, Committee on Child Health Financing

Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau Liaisons:

  • Marie Y Mann, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • Madhavi Reddy, MSPH
  • Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP



  • Michelle Esquivel, MPH
    Director, National Center for Medical Home Implementation
    Director, Division of Children with Special Needs, American Academy of Pediatrics

    Ms Esquivel oversees all federal and private grant activities in the American Academy of Pediatrics Division of Children with Special Needs and serves as the director of the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (National Center). Ms Esquivel is integrally involved in the development, oversight, and management of Academy-based activities that promote the medical home approach to care for all children and youth. She collaborates with physicians and other health care professionals and organizations to develop and achieve consensus on public health policy and organizational issues
  • Jamie Doucet, MPH
    Manager, National Center for Medical Home Implementation

    Ms Doucet oversees all technical assistance, priority projects and initiatives of the National Center. Ms Doucet participates on national, state, and local medical home committees and provides direction to all National Center educational and training initiatives.
  • Alex Kuznetsov, RD
    Manager, Children with Special Needs Initiatives

    Ms Kuznetsov directs all policy, education, implementation, and advocacy efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities. Ms Kuznetsov is the lead staff on autism and transition to adult health care initiatives and is integrally involved in National Center transition and care coordination initiatives.
  • Müge Chavdar, MPH
    Program Manager

    Ms Chavdar develops, maintains, and disseminates National Center technical assistance tools, resources, and communication outlets. Ms Chavdar manages multiple National Center efforts and pilot projects related to medical home implementation, training, and sustainability.
  • Bethany Mlodoch
    Division Coordinator

    Ms Mlodoch provides administrative support to all National Center projects and initiatives. Ms Mlodoch assist with the provision of technical assistance as well as maintenance of various National Center communication outlets.