The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), New Jersey's Family to Family Health Information Center, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the New Jersey Title V program (administered out of the New Jersey Department of Health), partnered to support six regional medical home learning collaboratives. The collaboratives utilized a quality improvement methodology to facilitate practice transformation, build capacity among diverse family leaders, and strengthen systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs. Thirty diverse practices participated in this initiative, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), private practices, and children's hospitals. The initiative was support by three State Implementation Grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.



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​Implementation Insights:

  • Foster and maintain partnerships between Title V and other state agencies serving children and families, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, and state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Engage diverse parent/caregiver and youth partners as members of core improvement teams and in all phases of project planning, implementation, evaluation, and improvement.
  • Offer on-site technical assistance and support to help practices implement and test changes that support patient- and family-centered care.
  • Create medical home "Communities of Practice" that connect pediatric practices with other health and community services such as children's hospitals, FQHCs, Title V, state and local agencies, and disability organizations.
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