December 2013

Thank You

Our sincere appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for children and for the Medical Home Portal. With your help, we look forward to a new year of providing valuable information and resources to those who care for children with special health care needs.
Happy Holidays from:
Chuck, Mindy, Ryan, Dale, Tay, Efrain, Yvonne, Al, Gina, Lynne, & Jennifer

New on the Portal

New and Updated Portal Content
Asthma (updated) Advocacy/Finding Your Voice (updated)
Depression (updated) After a Diagnosis or Problem is Identified (new)
Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy
Groups and Therapies (new)
Headache: Migraine and Chronic Headache (updated) Home Visiting Services (new)
Spina Bifida(updated) Planning for Emergencies (updated)
Tourette Syndrome (updated) Transportation and Travel for People with Disabilities (updated)

Your Medical Home - Home Visiting Services

By Al Romeo, R.N., Ph.D. Home visiting services are designed to support families with pregnant moms or young children. Depending on the home visiting model that local programs use, organizations may teach families parenting skills, provide developmental screenings, and link families to community services. With limited funding, the local organizations often limit eligibility to fist-time mothers, low-income families, families with newborns with special health care needs, and families with histories of substance or child abuse. The home visiting model determines when the first visit is offered, how long the visits last, how frequent the visits are, and when the visits will end. The organizations may utilize professionals, paraprofessionals, or peer-volunteers to provide various services.
For more information on home visiting service models and programs, see the Home Visiting Services page on the Medical Home Portal.

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Author: Alfred Romeo, RN, PhD - 12/2013
Compiled and edited by: Mindy Tueller, MS - 12/2013