The Transition Medicine Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, provides medical care and social support services to the growing population of adolescents/young adults with a chronic childhood illness or disability as they move from pediatric to adult healthcare.
The clinic serves the needs of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with a chronic childhood disease or disability, including but not limited to, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, congenital heart disease, autism, attention deficit hypertensive disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, long-term cancer survivors, and other genetic diseases.
The goal of the clinic is to prevent urgent healthcare crisis and to minimize the impact of a shrinking social support network that these patients and families have come to rely on in the pediatric healthcare system. This includes helping them overcome obstacles encountered in both adult Medicaid and private health insurance systems.
The only clinic of its kind in Texas and one of only a few in the nation, the Transition Medicine Clinic helps these patients and their caregivers access adult medical care, navigate the adult healthcare system, and maintain or identify alternative social services that are so critical to their well-being.
We also serve as a valuable resource to healthcare professionals and the surrounding community, and as an advocate for these patients in local and state government healthcare initiatives.
As part of an academic institution, we offer medical students, social work students and adult healthcare physicians an opportunity to gain valuable training to address the needs of this growing population of adult patients with chronic childhood health conditions.