"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Friday, February 6, 2009

Medical Home, Huh?????

Yesterday and today, I participated in a Learning Collaborative at Minot State University as a parent partner for an exciting concept called "Medical Home."

No, it is not a residential home or have anything to do with having care provided in your home. Our trainer said "It's not a place, it's a metaphor for family-centered care for children with special health care needs."

So, today I got to participate by providing a parent's voice--along with a team including our pediatrician, his nurse, and another parent. We actually started working on the project designing a care plan that will be implemented at our clinic.

It is really exciting, because it is a family-centered and holistic approach to providing health care for children with special needs. I'm honored to be part of this team to improve the quality of care right here in Minot.

Oh, and I told them our family will need, not one, but two care plans come this summer!!!

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