Monday, November 18, 2013

Is the Medical Home Reaching Out into Community Health Involvement?

The  need to link the medical home with community programs, services, and agencies has never been more important, and yet are we doing as good a job as we might engaging in community child health activities?

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Minkovitz et al. (doi: peds.10.1542/2013-1917) looked at how involved pediatricians are with their communities in 2010 compared to 2004 using two national surveys sent in the corresponding years. Unfortunately nowadays there is less formal training in community advocacy and this in turn appears to be influencing a decrease in community involvement. The authors provide other factors contributing or detracting from involvement, but I leave those up to you to read about.

Former AAP President Dr. Judith Palfrey (doi: peds.10.1542/2013-3096) provides her perspective on this issue in an accompanying commentary. Do you agree with the findings or feel there is more community involvement going on in this country than meets the eye or this study? Get involved and share your input below, via the journal’s Facebook page, or through Twitter (@Lewis_First).

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