Health Care Resources

Acronyms, Definitions and Classification Systems – Medical Acronyms and Terms – From the Gaining and Growing: Assuring Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants website.


American Academy of Pediatrics Children with Special Health Care Needs Resources – The mission of the AAP Division of Children with Special Needs is to improve the system of care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) by connecting them to a medical home. A medical home is not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. A medical home is defined as primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.


Care Notebook Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs – The Care Notebook has multiple uses. A major role of this notebook is to help parents/caregivers maintain an ongoing record of their child’s care, services, providers, and notes.


CountyCare FAQ– The State of Illinois and Cook County Health & Hospitals System will be operating a new Medicaid program for uninsured adults in Cook County called CountyCare.   This is a Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform).


Families USA – The Voice for Health Care Consumers – Since 1982, Families USA has worked to promote high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.


Find A Health Center – Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Type in your address and click the ‘Find Health Centers’ button to find health centers near you.


GetCoveredIllinois.Gov – The Official Health Marketplace in Illinois. The State of Illinois is dedicated to helping residents find the health coverage that is right for them. Our mission is to create a state where people do not have to worry about the cost of unexpected health problems, and where everyone can receive the quality medical care that they deserve.


Health and the IEP – Resources from the Waisman Resource Center – Success in the classroom, in the community, and on the job requires that young people are healthy. It is therefore imperative that young people with health issues have the knowledge and skills needed to maintain and sustain their health and wellness. To ensure this, health related goals need to be included in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).


Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down Syndrome – From the American Academy of Pediatrics, found on the National Down Syndrome Congress website.


Healthcare 411 – News Series from AHRQ – Healthcare 411 is an audio podcast series produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.


Healthy Children – American Academy of Pediatrics – The mission of the AAP is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To accomplish this mission, the AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.


Healthy Foster Care America – American Academy of Pediatrics – We have a dream that foster care will be a valued, healing, healthy, and empowering resource for children, teens, families, and communities, so that every child and teen in foster care will thrive in a forever family. We will achieve this by engaging communities and their leaders in supporting children, teens, and their families with an effective, multidisciplinary, integrated, and comprehensive continuum of care.


Hospital Directory – From IDPH – Current list of Illinois Hospitals


Illinois Department of Human Services Q & A Document on Medical Assistance, Medicaid, Medical Card & Health Insurance – Answers to frequently asked questions including resources for “which doctors/dentists accept the medicaid card?”


Illinois Health Connect – Illinois Health Connect is a new health care program of HFS (Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services). Illinois Health Connect helps you and your family to get health care and stay healthy by providing a medical home. Most people with an HFS or All Kids medical card MUST pick a medical home. The Illinois Health Connect Client Helpline will help you: *Access services. *Find providers in your region. *Find providers who are handicapped accessible. *Tell what services are and are not covered for you. *Get disease management services. *Get help with any special needs. *Make a request for a ride to your medical appointments. *Update your contact information. *File a complaint. *Answer your questions.


Illinois Healthcare Portal – The one-stop source for your healthcare needs. Making sure that everyone in Illinois has access to quality and affordable healthcare, is a top priority. The Healthcare Portal can help parents sign-up their children for our affordable health insurance program, All Kids, help seniors sign-up for one of our affordable prescription drug programs, and help women find free breast and cervical cancer screenings.


Impact on Health and Wellness – Family Voices – IMPACT is a project of national Family Voices.  Our goal is to promote a holistic, culturally relevant approach to health and wellness for all families and children including those with special healthcare needs and disabilities.


Recognizing Medical Emergencies – Information from the American College of Emergency Physicians. How to recognize the signs of a medical emergency.


Kids Health. Org – If you’re looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that’s free of “doctor speak,” you’ve come to the right place.


My Health Passport – from Florida Center for Inclusive Communities – FCIC’s My Health Passport is a document that should be completed by an individual (and/or their caregiver), to describe important aspects about their special health care needs. My Health Passport was designed to be shared with many types of healthcare providers, in clinic and hospital settings. It is especially useful for providing pertinent information to those who are not very familiar in providing care to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.