From Thursday, October 29, to Friday, October 30, Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine will co-host the 21st annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care, hosted by Dr. Albert Hergenroeder. The event will be conducted virtually via Zoom to ensure social distancing during COVID-19.
“Our NRI team, consisting of Kristin Banaszak, Julian Gaton, and Kristen Parsons, has been working hard since the pandemic to pivot their in-person conferences to digital, including the Transition Conference,” said Transition Medicine Practice Administrator Maggie Weimer. “We look forward to our virtual conference next month which will highlight topics pertaining to pediatric to adult transition medicine and will offer attendees the tools they need to facilitate a smoother transition.”
Numerous studies have shown that skill preparation and planning for health care transition for children and young adults who have chronic illnesses and disabilities is inadequate. The most common obstacles reported by pediatric and adult care clinicians are the lack of communication and coordination, and the different practice styles between health professionals. This has prompted the need for clinicians, including social workers, nurses, counselors, and mental health and primary care providers to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to facilitate a successful transition from pediatric to adult-based care and services.
The Transition Medicine conference will touch on various topics including:
- Identifying strategies for setting up and evaluating a transition program
- Identifying strategies to help caregivers cope with the stress of caring for and then planning for the transition to adult-based care
- Discussing models of care for transitioning youth with various chronic illnesses and disabilities
- Explaining the legal issues associated with transition from pediatric to adult-based care
The conference will include time for attendees to meet and talk with faculty in small groups to exchange ideas and share knowledge and information about how best to plan for a successful adulthood transition.
For more information
Click here for details about the conference (including agenda, topics and speakers) and how to register for this virtual event. The livestream information will be sent to participants prior to the conference.