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Alex Stuerke, Class of 2014

Health Care Transition Planning
Health care transition involves the movement of adolescents and young adults from child-centered to adult-centered care.  In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, it is necessary to plan and prepare for the transition beginning around age 12. Transition planning involves ensuring that high-quality, developmentally appropriate health care services are available in an uninterrupted manner as a person moves from adolescence to young adulthood (American Academy of Pediatrics et al., 2011). Although health care transition planning is important for all youth, it is especially important for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). 

This population includes those with a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 2008). A well-timed transition from pediatric to adult health care models is unique to each individual, but should generally occur between the ages of 18 and 21 years.  This residency project provided evidence-based recommendations for the implementation of health care transition planning at Mercy Community Healthcare.  These recommendations were provided in the form of two educational, voice-over PowerPoints, one for the care coordination team, and the other for the health care providers. Additionally, a community resource guide and a transition policy were created.  The tools and resources provided to Mercy Community Healthcare will be used for staff training and patient education.  These materials will ultimately facilitate the implementation of health care transition.

Alex Stuerke, Resident


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