​This page provides information on a number of national programs, initiatives, and organizations that impact pediatric medical home policy, research, and practice.

Updated: November 2016

 National Indicators of Medical Home Access and Utilization

The National Center of Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control, under the direction and sponsorship of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, conducted two surveys to assess child health status across the country. The National Survey of Children's Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs provide state and national data on the number of children and youth who receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home.  

The surveys indicate the following:

  • Fifty-four percent (54%) of all United States children receive care within a medical home (2011/2012)
  • Forty-three percent (43%) of all US children and youth with special health care needs receive care within a medical home (2009/2010)
    • Of these, 33.2% of the Hispanic population, and 33.5% of the Black, non-Hispanic population of US children and youth with special health care needs receive care within a medical home.

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the National Survey of Children's Health have been redesigned and are now a single survey, the National Survey of Children's Health. The first public release of data is scheduled for Spring 2017. For more information on the National Survey of Children's Health, the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, and other national measurement initiatives, view the following:

  • Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative: Also known as the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC), this center uses public data from the National Survey of Children's Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs to present information on the status of children's health throughout the United States.
  • Medical Home Data Portal: Created in partnership with the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, the Medical Home Data Portal provides state-by-state information related to the number of children and youth—including those with special health care needs—who have access to a medical home in the United States.

 Medical Home Recognition and Certification Programs

Several national organizations have developed programs that recognize and/or accredit health care organizations (hospitals, health centers, private practices) as medical homes, according to a specified set of standards*. The following is a list of these organizations:

*The National Center for Medical Home Implementation does not endorse or support any one medical home recognition and/or accreditation program. A practice's selection of which program to consider should be based on what best meets the needs of the practice.

 Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Medical Home Initiatives

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (National Center) is a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The National Center works in partnership with multiple MCHB-funded initiatives including those listed below to collectively increase implementation and sustainability of the pediatric medical home.

  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
    The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve health of women, children, youth, and families. Members include Title V Maternal and Child Health Directors.
  • Early Hearing, Detection, and Intervention Program
    Administered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program enhances pediatric clinician knowledge of screening, diagnosis, and appropriate services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, within the context of the pediatric medical home.
  • Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
    The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is a competitive grant program that awards innovative, community-based projects to improve access to health care and promote preventive health services. In 2013, HTPCP formed an official partnership with the National Center to provide technical assistance to grantees and promote innovative HTPCP projects nationwide.
  • National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships
    The National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships promotes families as partners in health care decision making for children and youth with special health care needs.
  • The Catalyst Center
    The Catalyst Center focuses on improving health care coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs, particularly in the context of medical home.
  • National Coordinating Center for the Genetics and Newborn Screening Regional Services Collaborative
    This national center focuses on the provision of quality genetics and newborn screening services to communities and health care clinicians. This center focuses on coordinating care between pediatric medical homes and pediatric clinicians caring for children with genetic conditions.
  • Rural IMPACT
    In 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield announced 10 sites to participate in the "Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive" (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration. This project works to make systems change in rural communities to implement a focused and intentional two generation approach to poverty. Click here to access the fact sheet.

 Medical Home Initiatives of National Significance

Across the United States, multiple organizations are working on projects and initiatives that enhance the adoption of the medical home model of care. The following is a list of those projects and initiatives specifically focused on the pediatric medical home:

  • Pediatric Health System Transformation Efforts
    The American Academy of Pediatrics provides general information on state health system transformation efforts specific to pediatrics. This resource provides specific information about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the State Innovation Models.
  • Safety Net Medical Home Initiative 
    A five year initiative that included 65 primary care safety net clinics that underwent patient-centered medical home transformation.