16th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference at TMFHC - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

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Published on September 29, 2015

16th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference

TYLER, TX – Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will host the 16th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference, “Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care”, presented by Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital on Oct. 1 and 2.

 

This free event will be broadcasted live from the TMFHC campus on Thursday and Friday and will highlight the skill preparation and planning for healthcare transition for children and youth with special healthcare needs. This conference is for all healthcare providers, social workers, case managers, special needs youth and young adults and their parents/caregivers.

 

“Statistics show that less than 50-percent of families nationwide indicate that their children and youth with special healthcare needs have received the services necessary to make appropriate transitions to adult healthcare, work, and independence,” said Andrea Anderson, MHA/MBA, Administrative Director, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “That means that skill preparation and planning for healthcare transition for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN) is often inadequate. One of the major problems to receiving this care is the lack of a clinical and social services workforce trained in providing the services necessary to make the healthcare transition.”

 

For all conference participants, there will be a discussion of the legal issues involved in healthcare transition, as well as, time to meet and talk with faculty, to exchange ideas among participants, and share knowledge and information about how best to plan for a successful transition to adulthood. Through lectures, Meet-the-Faculty sessions, breakout sessions, and question-and-answer sessions, participants will learn more about how to identify the current state of healthcare transition in the U.S., including legal and financial issues; develop transition quality improvement strategies and measurements that incorporate the Six Core Elements of Healthcare Transition; develop a practice-based framework for

implementing healthcare transition services; identify barriers and successful strategies when placing youth and young adults with special healthcare needs, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities into employment, housing, and available medical transition services; and identify how to build capacity in caring for young adults with special healthcare needs. Participants also have the opportunity to earn CME credits co-provided by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

 

“There is a strong need on the part of physicians and caregivers to have the knowledge and skills to provide services to facilitate successful transition from pediatric to adult-based care and services,” said Melanie Wick, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at Trinity Clinic. “Due to increased awareness in transitioning to adult-based care, clinicians are required to be updated on changing strategies for integrating emerging adult-based care into practice.”

 

For more information or to register, please call (903) 595-3942. 

Reviewed by Will Knous on September 29, 2015