Merging Systems: Integrating Home Visitation and the Family-Centered Medical Home




Megan M. Tschudy, Sara L. Toomey, and Tina L. Cheng

Brief Type

Journal Publication



To improve the health of children and bend the health care cost curve we must integrate the individual and population approaches to health and health care delivery. The 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health laid out the continuum for integration of primary care and public health stretching from isolation to merging systems. Integration of the family-centered medical home (FCMH) and home visitation (HV) would promote overall efficiency and effectiveness and help achieve gains in population health through improving the quality of health care delivered, decreasing duplication, reinforcing similar health priorities, decreasing costs, and decreasing health disparities. This paper aims to (1) provide a brief description of the goals and scope of care of the FCMH and HV, (2) outline the need for integration of the FCMH and HV and synergies of integration, (3) apply the IOM’s continuum of integration framework to the FCMH and HV and describe barriers to integration, and (4) use child developmental surveillance and screening as an example of the potential impact of HV-FCMH integration. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Tschudy, M. M., Toomey, S. L., & Cheng, T. L. (2013). Merging systems: Integrating home visitation and the family-centered medical home. Pediatrics, 132, S74–S81. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-1021E
Author Contact Information:
Megan M. Tschudy


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