Comprehensive Planning for Successful Transition of Youth to Adult Healthcare


Wendy Berghorst, MS, RN, PHN
Transition Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Needs

Linda Goldman Cherwitz, MD
Health Advocate, Health Information Center, PACER Center, Bloomington MN

Session Details

Date and time: Tuesday, April 4, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Learning track: Practice Transformation
Learning level: Beginning

Session Description

Supporting adolescents with special health needs transition to adult life through a coordinated, comprehensive approach is key for their continued health and wellbeing. This session will review key elements needed to successfully improve the quality of the life transition process for youth with the help of the family, health care team and community. Strategies to optimize their ability to assume adult roles and activities by accessing developmentally-appropriate services will be included.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key components that should be addressed in transition planning for youth with special health needs.
  • Describe transition tools and resources that support client assessment and decision-making in the transition process.
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of youth with special health needs, their families and care teams for successful transition planning.
  • Implement a variety of practical strategies for a quality-improvement transition project in your setting.