The health care home model: primary health care meeting public health goals

Am J Public Health. 2012 Jun;102(6):1096-103. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300397. Epub 2012 Apr 19.


In November 2010, the American Public Health Association endorsed the health care home model as an important way that primary care may contribute to meeting the public health goals of increasing access to care, reducing health disparities, and better integrating health care with public health systems. Here we summarize the elements of the health care home (also called the medical home) model, evidence for its clinical and public health efficacy, and its place within the context of health care reform legislation. The model also has limitations, especially with regard to its degree of involvement with the communities in which care is delivered. Several actions could be undertaken to further develop, implement, and sustain the health care home.

MeSH terms

  • Goals
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Patient-Centered Care / economics
  • Patient-Centered Care / standards*
  • Primary Health Care / economics
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Public Health