Medical Home Project (MHP)

The mission of the Medical Home Project (MHP) is to improve the quality of health care for individuals with disabilities by educating medical personnel about patient-centered care, respectful communication and effective coordination of community-based resources.

The Medical Home Project is a unique model of provider-community partnerships where members from different advocacy agencies, patients and family caregivers come together to improve the health care and quality of the lives of individuals with disabilities living within the Lehigh Valley.

What we do

  • Patients with Disabilities as Teachers (PDAT) education sessions for medical professionals
  • Case Consults to LVHN practitioners
  • Research and publications
  • Internal education

Who we are

  • Patients
  • Parents
  • Family Members
  • Caregivers
  • The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton
  • Sam Inc.
  • Lehigh County
  • Northampton County
  • CLAs (group homes)
  • Via of Lehigh Valley
  • Eastern PA Down Syndrome Center
  • Lehigh University faculty
  • Street Medicine, Valley Health Partners
  • LVHN Transport
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Others within the community

Major achievements

  • MHP Patients With Disabilities as Trainers (P-DAT) program has trained hundreds of LVHN medical professionals.
  • Created Patient Voices video that is required training for all LVHN colleagues
  • Hosted ARTABILITY Show featuring art by people with disabilities
  • Received National Charitable Services Program of Excellence & Inglis Foundation Award for Continuing Excellence

Education and resources

Pennsylvania Patients with Disabilities as Trainers Program (PA P-DAT) P-DAT is an education innovation that empowers parent and patient partners to teach medical students, residents and primary care office staff about disability etiquette through sharing their own experiences within the health care system.

Our list of resources is a one-stop location for information about organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

Communicating with and about individuals with disabilities