Supporting Youth to Adult Health Care Transition

About Us

The Wisconsin Youth Health Transition Initiative aims to make the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare easier for youth with special healthcare needs in Wisconsin. This transition typically takes place between the ages of 12 and 26 years. We develop and share healthcare transition resources with families and healthcare providers. We also work with healthcare providers to support best practice transition care for patients with special healthcare needs.

Our Initiative is based out of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center.

Youth Health Transition Initiative Team

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Julie Hajewski

Position title: Nurse Practitioner, Provider Education Lead

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Lynn Hrabik

Position title: Project Evaluator

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Tim Markle

Position title: Family and Community Education Lead

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Aracely Portillo

Position title: Bilingual Family Support Specialist

Our Partners

We partner with several organizations:

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Integrated Transition Planning

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We actively participate in the Wisconsin Integrated Transition Planning Project, also based out of the UW Waisman Center.

This Project brings together self advocates, family members, and people who work in education, employment, and healthcare. They work together to improve and simplify the transition planning process by promoting integrated transition planning.

Integrated transition planning is when youth with ID/DD, their family members and service providers thoughtfully map out and prepare for the youth’s life as an adult.  It integrates planning for the youth’s education, work, and healthcare to achieve their goals as an adult. Ideally, this planning occurs throughout childhood with more focused planning as the child becomes a teen.

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