Transitions Programs Helps Pediatric Patients Move to Adult Care

The adolescent years pose many challenges, including emerging sexuality, development of personal identity and adult relationships, behavioral health issues and a high degree of risk-taking behaviors.

Amid this uncertainty and vulnerability, adolescence is the time to begin preparation for transitioning to an adult provider, when young adults take charge of their personal health care needs. Unfortunately, lack of communication, consistency and clarity around leading young patients to adult care often creates gaps in care that can lead to poor health outcomes and frustration for patients and families alike.

VHAN’s Transitions Program helps young adult patients find network primary care providers (PCPs) for their care. We’ve begun by identifying unattributed pediatric patients for our practices. In 2023, we are working to connect these patients to a network pediatrician to begin the process of moving to adult care.

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