California Medical Education Collaborative

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project to develop a framework for training pediatricians to deliver care to children with chronic illness in a medical home model by redesigning pediatric training programs in California using a learning collaborative model.

WHO: Dozens of healthcare experts across California.

WHEN: July 2010 to April 2011

FUNDER: The project was funded by Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and was in partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

NICHQ'S ROLE: Served as lead consultant for creating an action plan for the design and implementation of the learning collaborative and led the writing of a report on the use of learning collaborative in both residency education and the medical home.

Project Results

A large percentage of children and youth with special healthcare needs do not have an established Family Centered Medical Home nor do they obtain comprehensive, coordinated from other sources. Rather, these children and their families often depend primarily on pediatric subspecialists who address the individual medical issues for which they are trained, resulting in families experiencing inadequate care coordination and lack of integration of health services and the system generating avoidable high healthcare costs. These challenges are particularly severe for those children with complex conditions.

Read more in the project’s final report.