About the Boston Children's Primary Care Alliance

The Alliance is a robust network of pediatric practices that provides high-quality primary care for children. When needed, children also have access to world-renowned experts at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

When it comes to selecting a Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance practice, here are some questions and answers that can help guide you through the process to find the best match for you and your child.

How do you choose the right Alliance practice for your family?

Your pediatrician is your partner and advisor when caring for your child. Alliance practices come in a range of sizes and configurations so you can find the best fit for your family.

To help you navigate the range of options, there are several practical factors to consider, such as:

  • Is the location convenient?
  • Is it a single practitioner or a group practice? How many primary care providers are in the practice?
  • Will your child always see their own primary care provider?
  • Who is on the health care team?
  • What are the services offered?
  • Do the office hours work with your schedule?
  • What are the urgent care options?
  • Do they provide “after-hours” care?
  • Is there virtual access to your care team? (e.g., nurse call lines, video visits, patient portal)
  • What are the options for receiving communications from the practice (e.g., phone, text, portal)
  • Does the practice accept your health insurance?
     
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As you pick a primary care practice, look for the Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance logo.  We encourage you to explore the considerations above, as well as philosophical factors such as their views on breastfeeding, circumcision, and vaccines. Each of the Alliance practices welcome a scheduled visit and the clinicians look forward to an opportunity to meet you and your child.

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Who is on the health care team?

While some practices are run by a single pediatrician, others are part of a group practice with multiple primary care providers. Many larger Alliance practices have teams that consist of multiple health care providers with different areas of expertise, making it easy to meet all your child’s varied primary care needs in one convenient location.

The health care team may include:

  • pediatricians
  • nurse practitioners
  • physician assistants
  • behavioral/mental health specialists
  • lactation counselors
  • nutritionists/dietitians
  • social workers

What are the types of services offered?

Alliance practices provide a range of services designed to meet all of your child’s needs — often in one location. These can include:

  • routine physicals, including school and sports physicals
  • routine care for childhood conditions including eczema and asthma
  • primary care management of acute illness
  • sick-patient care
  • behavioral/mental health services
  • developmental screenings
  • hearing and vision testing
  • lactation consulting
  • nutrition counseling
  • vaccinations