A family’s guide to medical home, featuring The New Child Health Passport System

The red Denver Child Health Passport booklet has been replaced by a new Child Health Passport system. This sytem includes this web site with a variety of helpful resource topics for parents and a purple Passport companion folder issued to parents of newborn children at St. Thomas More Hospital. Also, the Passport Facebook page offers easy access to updates, tips, and early childhood news.

What is a Medical Home?

Every child should have a medical home. A medical home is not an actual house or building but a style of health care. It means that your child is seen by the same health provider (doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) for well visits and when your child is sick.

Why?

When a health care provider regularly sees your child to check hearing, vision, and physical (height and weight) and mental development, the provider can tell if everything is going well. If problems are found, they can be taken care of early. A medical home is a partnership between families, health care providers, and community early childhood programs, such as the ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council.

A Medical Home includes the following

Accessible—care is personally, geographically, and financially accessible for families

Family-Centered—families and providers share responsibility and information; they know and trust one another; families are involved in care coordination; and family expertise is acknowledged

Continuous—providers are consistent; care is provided during wellness and illness; and providers assist with transitions

Coordinated—coordination is established between families, providers, and agencies

Comprehensive—all aspects of well-being are considered and addressed (medical, dental, developmental, educational, psychosocial, financial, and family support services)

Compassionate—providers respect families, are supportive, recognize and assess the need for supportive services, and provide resource information

Culturally Competent—family values and customs are considered and incorporated into care plans; translation or interpreter services are provided when needed; and written materials are provided in the family’s primary language

How does Child Health Passport System Support Medical Home?

The Passport Website:

  • Contains health suggestions for each well child visit so parents will know the information they should receive about their child during the visit
  • Encourages parents to talk with their health care provider about concerns or questions
  • Reminds parents when well child visits are due
  • Suggests things parents can do at home to improve health and support development
  • Provides Fremont County Early Childhood Program and community resource information

The Passport Companion Folder:

  • Contains a Passport User Guide describing all of the new Passport features,
  • Includes the book, “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick”,
  • Contains Growth and Development cards from the Colorado Department of Public Health,
  • Provides a single and convenient place to store your child’s health records for the first five years, such as medical reports, immunizations, developmental screenings and/or growth charts.
  • Is issued to parents of new born children at St. Thomas More Hospital.

The Passport Facebook page provides easy access to current updates and tips for families.

Benefits of a Medical Home

  • Increased individual and provider satisfaction
  • Increased wellness
  • Improved coordination of care
  • System easier to navigate
  • Efficient use of limited resources

How to find a Medical Home

Using any page’s navigation bar pull down “Fremont County Resources” to find a list of local health care providers.