Title Transitioning Youth with Special Health Care Needs
AAP Grant ID 1888
Project Year 2011
City & State Dallas , TX
Program Name CATCH Planning
Topic Transitions
Program Description
The survival to adulthood of increasing numbers of youth with special healthcare needs (SHCN) necessitates transfer of care from pediatrics to adult healthcare. Young adults with SHCN experience gaps in care and higher morbidity and mortality around time of transfer. The US Department of Health and Human Services states, all youth with special needs should receive services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult healthcare, work, and independence." There is no existing comprehensive, well-coordinated program in Dallas that successfully transitions young adults with SHCN from pediatric to adult primary care. To better understand the barriers to transition in this community, and how to improve transition services, a needs assessment will be conducted of transitioning youth with SHCN , youths' caregivers, and adult providers. Community assets will be identified and partnerships formed between pediatric and adult healthcare teams and community organizations. A multidisciplinary steering committee will use this information to develop a coordinated transition program for youth with SHCN. "
1. Assess the needs of youth with SHCN transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare and adult providers who care for or could potentially assume care of transitioning young adults with SHCN.
2. Identify and establish partnerships with local community clinics, programs, and organizations with a focus on improving transition services.
3. Create a multidisciplinary steering committee for transition of youth with SHCN to design and ultimately implement a transition program.
AAP District District VII
Institutional Name Children's Medical Center Dallas, 1935 Medical District Dr, Dallas, TX 75235
Contact 1 Jennifer Walsh
Contact 2
ID 39