URLEND training strengthens medical home approach

December 6, 2010 by cpehrson

URLEND training session

Everyone wants to know that his or her family is receiving the best possible medical care available.  This is especially a priority for children who have special health care needs.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed the medical home model to meet this need and to ensure that all children’s health care is of the highest quality.  The AAP defines a medical home as “not a building, but an approach that provides comprehensive primary health care.”  In a coordinated medical home, the pediatric health care team works in partnership with a child and a child’s family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met.

The Utah Regional LEND (URLEND) training program teaches health professionals the knowledge and skills they need to improve health care delivery systems for children with developmental disabilities. LEND training provides a high-quality interdisciplinary education, emphasizing the collaboration between services from state and local agencies and organizations, private providers, and communities.

This past year, URLEND developed a training that would strengthen all LEND trainees’ roles as a part of a medical home team.  URLEND faculty organized a set of medical home competencies that would help trainees gain an understanding of and appreciation for the medical home model. Learning activities were gathered from other LEND programs and from the AAP “Building Your Medical Home Toolkit” information.  These activities will enhance trainees’ experiences working as part of a medical home team.

The LEND competencies follow the AAP’s medical home competencies–that a family-centered medical home should be “accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective” for all children and youth, including those with special health care needs.  Physicians and parents should work together and develop a partnership built on mutual responsibility and trust.

The URLEND medical home competencies and activities have been distributed to the other 39 LEND programs across the nation for their review and to pilot with their trainees this coming year.  Each LEND program will adopt the competencies and activities that will work best with their curricula.  Based on their feedback, revisions will be made and a final set of medical home competencies for LEND trainees will be available.

LEND programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. LEND programs operate within a university system and collaborate with local university hospitals and/or health care centers. They are administered by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Note: This is the seventh in a series of blog posts summarizing presentations made by CPD staff members in late October and early November. They attended the 2010 conference for the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities. Those of you who can stop by our building can check out the research posters in the hallway leading to the CPD’s southwest door.