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Module 6: Linking with Your Community

Taking full advantage of the resources in your community may enable you to provide a wider range of services to your patients. Many communities have agencies and organizations that can extend the reach of the primary care physician by supporting extended counseling, offering extensive follow-up for more complex patients, and providing targeted services for routine patients. A practice is most effective when it identifies the needs and strengths of the individual child and family, works within its own limitations, and maximizes community supports to address the wide range of issues patients face. This section focuses on the important step of linking your practice and patients to the resources available in your community. It includes:

View from the Field
"Primary care providers don't have to be experts in everything when serving families, but rather make connections with people who are experts in given areas."
—Sherry S. Hay, Community Care of North Carolina ABCD Project Coordinator & Special Programs