Title: Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care
Date: Sept. 18, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Presenters: David Wood, Janet Hess
David Wood, MD, MPH. After graduating with honors from Harvard University in 1977, Dr. David Wood attended UCLA and received in 1982 both an MD and a Masters in Public Health. He completed residencies and is boarded in Pediatrics and in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He then completed a health services research fellowship at RAND/UCLA and served on the faculty at UCLA for 7 years. He is currently a full Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. For over twenty years his research and advocacy efforts have focused on improving health systems for underserved children and adults, including children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He has published more than 150 peer reviewed publications, reports, and book chapters. Dr. Wood has served as chair and/or member of a number of national, state or local committees, including Healthy Jacksonville 2010, and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. He has served on the following American Academy of Pediatrics Committees/Councils: Council on Community Pediatrics, Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. He has been on state and local AAP leadership Boards and is the past President of the North East Florida Pediatric Society. For 6 years he has directed the Jacksonville Health and Transition Services (JaxHATS) program. Since its inception JaxHATS has received continuous funding from the Florida Title V program and has severed approximately 1000 youth, providing a patient centered medical home to medically complex and developmentally disabled young adults. The JaxHATS program has been recognized as a national model by the Maternal Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Wood also helped direct a statewide planning process for health care transition and the development of a state office of health care transition. Dr. Wood has been active in advocacy for children and adults with IDD, serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for over 10 years. Dr. Wood is also Co-Director of the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville Center for Health Equity and Quality Research and Regional Medicine Public Health Education Center; these centers promote health equity for disadvantaged populations through education and applied community-based research. In 2011 Dr. Wood was appointed to direct the new program in Global Health Education for the University of Florida, College of Medicine and direct a new concentration for medical students in global health.
Janet S. Hess, MPH, CHES, is Assistant Program Director in the Department of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, at the University of South Florida. As Project Director for Florida Health and Transition Services (FloridaHATS), Ms. Hess works with the Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services, and other partners throughout the state to bridge the gap between pediatric and adult health care, and to build community-based systems that support health care transition. Ms. Hess concurrently serves as Principal Investigator for My Health Care, a training program funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council to empower adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to better meet their own wellness and health care needs through improved communication skills. As the mother of a young adult with special health care needs, Ms. Hess has served on many federal, state and local advisory committees that support families and young people with disabilities or chronic health conditions.
- Assess the impact of cognitive and emotional development on a patient’s ability to be independent in managing their own health and healthcare.
- Facilitate referrals to educational, vocational and habilitative services
- Provide anticipatory guidance regarding changes in health insurance during the transition period. Address the health system barriers that may impede a patient’s ability to be independent in managing their own health and healthcare.
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