Implementation Resources Practice Transformation Resources for Pediatric Clinicians The American Academy of Pediatrics presents a collection of resources designed to help pediatric clinicians stay current on practice transformation trends. An accompanying practice transformation implementation guide features resources related to team-based care, population health, and quality improvement methodology. Pediatric Medical Home Implementation Resource Tutorials View the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) video tutorials to learn about three popular resources available to assist with implementation of a pediatric medical home: the "Building your Medical Home" online resource guide, the NCMHI Web site, and a collection of state-based pediatric medical home resources created in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy. New Tools to Compare Medical Home Data Across States The Data Resource Center, a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, launched two new tools to help pediatric medical home professionals, particularly Title V programs, compare data related to National Performance Measure 11 (medical home) across states and against national averages. Care Mapping: Resources and How-To Guides for Families and Professionals Care mapping is a process that guides and supports implementation of family-centered, coordinated care. Boston Children's Hospital created two guides to help families and pediatric professionals collaborate on the creation and use of care maps to enhance the pediatric medical home model. Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provides guidance on how health care organizations, including those functioning as medical homes, can reduce health disparities related to populations faced with discrimination or exclusion. Training, Events, and Conferences 17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult‐based CareOctober 27-28, 2016, Houston, TexasThis annual conference will present the latest information and strategies to improve health care transition. Given the majority of families nationwide indicate their children with special health care needs have not received services necessary to make appropriate health care transitions, this conference is particularly relevant for pediatric medical home stakeholders.View additional information about the Chronic Illness and Disability Conference here. Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Annual Conference November 9 – 11, 2016, Washington DC This annual conference will include sessions related to innovations in payment, team-based care, and public policy specific to patient- and family- centered care. Participants will engage in networking opportunities and share promising practices that may advance implementation and spread of the medical home model of care. View additional information about the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Annual Conference here. National Initiatives Barriers to Care Coordination and Medical Home Implementation Using results from the American Academy of Pediatrics Periodic Survey of Fellows, this article assesses the relationship between pediatrician perceived barriers to and attitudes toward medical home implementation and care coordination. Results and conclusions indicate that pediatricians need sufficient personnel and communication skills to provide care coordination services. HRSA Awards More Than $149 Million to Grow the Nation's Primary Care Workforce The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced more than $149 million in new awards through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country. Grants emphasize and support distribution of clinicians and quality services that encourage innovative team-based and inter-professional approaches consistent with the medical home model of care. Partners Publish Your Work in the Pediatrics Journal The American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Pediatrics, has introduced a new section devoted to family partnerships. Accepted articles are designed to highlight how health care professionals, patients and families can work together to improve child and adolescent health in the context of the pediatric medical home. The articles should be co-authored by a health care professional and a patient/family member. Articles will be accepted on a rolling basis and made free to the public once published. Financing Strategies to Improve Healthcare for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs The Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded Catalyst Center presents a collection of financing strategies state Medicaid and Title V agencies are using to reduce health insurance gaps in children and youth with special health care needs, close benefit gaps, pay for additional services, and build capacity to care for this population among professionals and systems. From Our Web Site Submit Your Application Today: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation Are you implementing the pediatric medical home model? Showcase your work through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) by completing an application for innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. All pediatric medical home stakeholders are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel and selected innovative and promising practices will be published on the NCMHI Web site. Complete an electronic submission or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Microsoft Word® Document application. Updated Evidence Supporting Implementation of the Pediatric Medical Home Model The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), in collaboration with the AAP, recently updated a comprehensive table of published evidence that outlines how implementation of the pediatric medical home model improves patient experience, increases quality of care, and decreases healthcare costs. View the table, along with other information about evidence supporting the pediatric medical home model, on the NCMHI Web site.