University of Wisconsin–Madison
Supporting Youth to Adult Health Care Transition

Grants & Education

  • Quality Improvement

    The Youth Health Transition Initiative (YHTI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center offers support for implementation of health care transition quality improvement (QI) processes that support youth health transition at the practice level.

    General Information

    The YHTI QI work is designed to support practices and health care systems in initiating one or more quality improvement processes that will support provider, youth and family awareness and engagement, as well as increase knowledge and skills to support successful health care transition from pediatric to adult health care. Got Transition’s Six Core Elements will guide grantees through strategies recommended for transition.

    Teams will be provided with opportunities to assess, learn, practice, support, and sustain. Grant work will aide teams in assessing their current transition status, educate and build awareness among staff using evidence-based tools and resources, implement transition quality improvement efforts, and sustain efforts after completion of the grant cycle. Teams will also share strategies and challenges with other practices implementing transition efforts within their systems.

    For more information visit our Quality Improvement page.

  • Learning Community

    The Youth Health Transition Learning Community provides networking opportunities for health professionals who wish to move transition forward in their own organizations. This statewide group comes together virtually to share ideas and best practices around youth health transition. This webinar is for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, community supports, and anyone interested in supporting youth as they transition from adolescent to adult health care.

    The Youth Health Transition Initiative, based at the Waisman Center in Madison, facilitates Learning Community activities.

    For more information or to sign up to receive notifications of upcoming opportunities visit our Learning Community page.

  • Provider Lunch 'n Learns

    In order to meet the needs of each of the individual clinics, we offer several presentations formats. The duration of the presentation varies, but typically runs over a one hour lunch allowing for 45 minutes of content, and 15 minutes for questions and wrap up. Each module taking approximately 12-15 minutes, but this depends on each clinic.

    Consider your audience when choosing your topics (i.e. Med/Peds, Peds only, Internal Med, Specialty only, or other?)

    We offer 6 topic foci; if this will be the first time many of your staff will be hearing about this our A or B option, or hybrid is the best choice.

    Each topic is addressed in 12-15 min.

    Topic A: Health Care Transition: Basic Overview – based on tools, resources, and materials created by Health Transition Team, the YHTI will present a general overview of Health Care Transition and models. Appropriate for any health care provider working with adolescents in a health care setting including broad suggestions for strategies to use in interacting with adolescents and their families and navigating the transition process.

    Topic B: Getting Started: Implementing Got Transition’s Core Elements – for teams that have completed the clinic assessment provides us with a good idea of the areas your clinic is successful and areas that might pose challenges. We would use this time to review those specific to your clinic and provide clinic-wide support as you implement more of the transition framework into your clinic workflow.

    The other topic areas:

    C: Understanding Childhood-onset conditions (one condition/session)
    D: Engaging Individuals and Families in Transition – might be another option; but would require most of team to be familiar with Got Transition and your grant work
    E: Implementing Shared/Supported Decision Making
    F: Applying the Person-Centered Approach with Adults with Disabilities

    If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch ‘n Learn at your clinic, contact us.

  • Baylor College of Medicine's Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care - October 25 & 26, 2018

    Baylor College of Medicine’s 19th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

    Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2018
    7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The Wisconsin Youth Health Transition Initiative and Wisconsin Leadership Education Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) invite you to attend a live-stream web conferencing event of the Baylor College of Medicine’s 19th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care.

    Join these organizations as they host a two-day conference focused on health care transition, discussion, networking, as well as idea sharing among participants to gain knowledge and information about how best to plan for a successful transition to adulthood.

    This event is focused on information that will be useful to physicians in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and psychiatry; other health care providers including psychologists, social workers, nurses, dietitians, case managers, counselors, and primary care providers and anyone interested in moving transition efforts forward in their organization.

    The conference will be streamed live in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. Check back in August 2018 for registration details!

    For any questions regarding this event, please contact Maia Stitt at