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Building Medical Homes for Children With Special Health Care Needs

Nickel, Robert E. MD; Cooley, W Carl MD; McAllister, Jeanne W. RN, MS, MHA; Samson-Fang, Lisa MD


The medical home is an approach to providing high quality health care services to children in partnership with families and community professionals. The current focus on the medical home at national and state levels affords an opportunity for early intervention and early childhood special education providers to improve their collaboration with primary health care professionals and thus improve the system of care for children and families in their local communities.

From the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore, and the Regional Services Center, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Eugene, Ore (Nickel)

The Center for Medical Home Improvement, Hood Center for Children & Families, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (Cooley, Jeanne)

The Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, Greenfield, NH (Cooley)

The Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Samson-Fang)

Corresponding author: Robert E. Nickel, MD, Clinical Services Building, 901 E 18th St, Eugene, OR 97405 (e-mail:

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