The Maine Adolescent Council on Transition (Maine ACT) will be a community of leaders working to effectively manage and positively cope with chronic illness. The community includes early adolescents with chronic illness and their families (“teens” and “families”); college-age young adults with chronic illness (“mentors”); and Pediatric, Med-Peds, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry resident physicians at Maine Medical Center (“residents”). “Transition” refers to the process of movement from pediatric to adult-oriented medical care.
Modeled after successful programs at Dartmouth, Brown, and Duke, Maine ACT will consist of mentors and residents facilitating monthly meetings with teens and families, using leadership development as an underlying principal and goal. Topics will include, but are not limited to: talking to health care providers, dealing with feeling different among peers, and barriers to treatment adherence. A parallel parent/family group will meet separately to discuss similar themes from a family perspective, facilitated by a team of a young adult with chronic illness, a resident, and a social worker.