Special Edition on Youth Health Care Transitions

The Georgia Pediatrician Healthcare is a vast system that requires the guidance of a medical home to help families with children and especially children with special healthcare needs, to navigate.  In 1998, the commentary entitled, A New Definition of Children With Special Health Care Needs was established in Pediatrics to ensure advocacy to guide public and community based programs and services to create program planning for this population. This definition was established as children with special healthcare needs are those children “who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”  This of course implies any child who requires more than the Bright Futures American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity Schedule.

Of special concern is the health care transition of youth and youth with special health care needs.  This special edition of The Georgia Pediatrician was created through a collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Georgia Department of Public Health with the support of primary care pediatricians, a young adult, and an adult specialty physician.  It was modeled from the American Academy of PediatricsTransition ECHO – Support transition from pediatric to adult care and is intended to serve as a summary guide of tools and resources to support youth from transitioning from the pediatric model of care to the adult model of care.   Those include information on policy, assessment of readiness, and a quality improvement model to support health care transitions as well as an insight to the young adults experience in transitioning to adult oriented care. If you have any questions about youth health care transitions, please contact Fozia Khan Eskew at the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics at feskew@gaaap.org.