Medical Home Project

Medical Home ProjectThe Medical Home Project at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford supports the medical home model of coordinated and family-centered approaches to care with a special focus on promoting developmental and trauma screening of young children and appropriate referrals for families in three counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo.

The project includes the following components:

  • Pediatric outreach by the MHP team to primary care practices and clinics, particularly those serving a high volume of children on Medi-Cal. Outreach includes:
    • Training on the Medical Home concept and its importance for children.
    • Training of providers and office staff on referral pathways for children with special health care needs and their families.
    • Distribution of materials designed specifically for providers regarding child-serving systems and resources.
  • Training and technical assistance via monthly contact with more than 100 pediatric primary care sites in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties to promote developmental screening as part of Help Me Grow. Help Me Grow is a national initiative promoting healthy development of young children through developmental/behavioral screening and referrals. MHP collaborates with First 5 Alameda, First 5 Contra Costa, and First 5 San Mateo on this project.
  • Development and distribution of resource and other information for providers and families. The Project identifies critical and/or emergent issues (e.g. new services and resources, policy changes in children’s services, training and education opportunities) and distributes information on these topics through site visits and email newsletters to our pediatric provider network.

For specific information on each of the county-based projects, see the tabs below.

The Medical Home Project leads the Child Heath Care Provider Outreach component of Help Me Grow Alameda County to promote universal screening of children aged 0-5 and early detection and intervention efforts by medical providers.

In partnership with First 5 Alameda County and Alameda County Public Health/Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program, the Medical Home Project provides technical assistance to pediatric providers and staff in over 65 pediatric sites in the county, free of charge. Our role is to:

  • Maintain an overview of the county’s pediatric landscape, particularly sites that serve children on Medi-Cal.
  • Conduct outreach to pediatric providers.
  • Conduct trainings and provide TA on developmental and trauma screening programs.
  • Conduct trainings on referral pathways to Help Me Grow and other free and low-cost resources throughout the county for children and families, particularly children aged 0-5 and children and youth of all ages with special health care needs.
  • Provide information and support to pediatric sites navigating children and families to services.
  • Inform providers of policy updates, CEU opportunities, and new resources, including programs and services that serve children and youth with special health care needs.
  • Promote professional development trainings and programs for pediatric providers and staff to enhance their medical home model of family-centered care.
  • Partner with Regional Center of the East Bay, California Children’s Services, Family Resource Navigators and other organizations and agencies to ensure pediatric providers are equipped to support children and youth with special health care needs.



Larene Paré
Julie Katz
Patrice Paul

The Medical Home Project partners with First 5 Contra Costa and Help Me Grow and the Contra Costa Crisis Center (2-1-1) to provide training and technical assistance to 30 pediatric practices across the county, free of charge. Our services include:

  • Training and technical assistance on the ASQ-3 (screening kits included free of charge to CHDP pediatric sites), MCHAT and PEARLS training.
  • Training of providers on referral pathways to Help Me Grow and the 2-1-1 database of local health and social services for Contra Costa residents.
  • Health and information updates on Medi-Cal for children, including programs and services that serve children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) such as California Children’s Services (CCS), Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB), and Care Parent Network (CARE).



Julie Katz
Patrice Paul

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health leads the Child Health Care Provider Outreach component of Help Me Grow, which promotes universal screening and supports early detection and intervention efforts by medical providers. Our role is to:

  • Construct an overview of the county’s pediatric landscape.
  • Outreach to pediatric clinics.
  • Conduct trainings on developmental screening tools and referral pathways.
  • Provide technical assistance to practices on their workflow and care coordination.
  • Create county-specific resources.
  • Promote referrals to the Help Me Grow Call Center.
  • Inform providers of policy updates and CEU opportunities.
  • Provide guidance on screening billing and reimbursement.
  • Collaborate with partners (eg. Public Health, Regional Center, Education, Mental Health, Legal Aid) and the Physician Advisory Group.

Help Me Grow San Mateo County is a collaborative system led by First 5 San Mateo County in partnership with Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and AbilityPath. It’s a part of the national Help Me Grow network, a growing coalition of states, communities and individuals working together to improve early childhood systems. We believe that children thrive when families know where to turn with their challenges and concerns, and when they receive support that aligns with their values and priorities. Our goal is to connect families quickly and easily to the information and resources they need to support their child’s growth.

Additionally, the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics clinic at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health conducts a monthly Help Me Grow Roundtable Collaborative. This is a case conferencing opportunity where medical providers can confidentially discuss their patient’s referrals and care plan with a broader community of service providers. The patient must be under age 6 and reside in San Mateo County. As the Child Health Care Provider Outreach team, we join in other county-wide efforts to build a seamless system for young children and to offer our technical expertise wherever requested.



Mara McGrath
Emily Gudaitis