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In this episode Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP, describes new guidance about transitioning to adult care for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also speak with Grace Kong, PhD, about the dangers of modifying electronic nicotine delivery systems. 



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Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP


Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Chair of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and Pediatrician in Chief of General Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She is Medical Director of the Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at St. Christopher’s, a primary care practice dedicated to children with medical complexity (FASD interdisciplinary program/NICU primary care follow up program and grant-funded projects focused on CYSHCN and disaster preparedness). She is the Medical Director of the PA AAP Pennsylvania Medical Home Program, a statewide program for pediatric primary care practices, and Director of the Maternal Child Health Program at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She serves on several National AAP Committees including the Committee on Child Health Financing, FASD Champions, and the Council on Children and Disasters.

Grace Kong, PhD


Grace Kong, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with Specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Her research is focused on preventing youth tobacco use using a variety of methods, such as qualitative and quantitative strategies, including social media analytics, to understand tobacco use and promotional trends to inform policies and to develop novel prevention/cessation interventions.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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