CE Credit

Building a Comprehensive and Effective Medical Home


Welcome to the training on Building a Comprehensive and Effective Medical Home provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.50 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to build comprehensive and effective medical homes that serve children and adolescents with and without special health-care needs, regardless of their racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and health status.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize key outcomes of medical home implementation for health-care providers, patients, and parents and caregivers.
  2. Specify action steps necessary to build a comprehensive and effective medical home.
  3. Integrate preventive service components into care delivery in a medical home.
  4. Assess the role of specialists, subspecialists, and community resources as part of the medical neighborhood.

Please note this module expires on 5/25/2021.

This module was released on 5/25/2018.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):

American Academy of Pediatrics:

National Center for Medical Home Implementation: Shared Plan of Care: A Tool to Support Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families.

Center for Medical Home Improvement (CMHI):

  • Medical Home Index (MHI), a validated self-assessment and classification tool to translate the broad indicators of the medical home into observable, tangible behaviors and processes within any office setting.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). HPV Vaccines: Vaccinating your Preteen or Teen. Offers fact sheets and FAQs for patients and families.

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health:

Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition 2.0 tool kit

Oral health terms in plain language: Schiavo, J. H. (2011). Oral Health Literacy in the Dental Office: The Unrecognized Patient Risk Factor. Journal of Dental Hygiene, 85(4), pp. 248-255.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, a groundbreaking set of national standards designed to build and improve systems of care for children and adolescents with special health-care needs. Sponsored by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Texas Department of State Health Services:

Texas Health Steps:


Texas Medicaid:

Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Texas children who have special health-care needs such as disability and chronic illness. TxP2P provides programs and resources for families, and educates medical professionals about the children’s unique needs in order to improve care. The group’s Medical Education Program (MEd) teaches pediatric and family practice residents and other medical professionals the skills needed to partner with the family to provide high-quality care. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Certified Health Information Technology (IT) Product List website lists certified EHR products eligible for use. 

U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology offers Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs). These RECs help health-care providers quickly become adept users of EHRs. Find the RECs located around the country, including four in Texas.