Alberta Transition To Adult Care Innovations

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2018/06/07 21:13

SliYouth with chronic health issues and special healthcare needs often face challenges when transitioning to adult healthcare services.  

A team from Alberta Heath Services  will describe the initiatives and research that has brought together the children's hospitals, the community and the rehabilitation hospital through a collaborative research project to improve outcomes for children and families during and after transition.


  1. To discuss development of a Provincial website for transition;
  2. To discuss barriers and challenges to transition in Alberta; 
  3. To discuss the development and progress of the Transition Navigator Trial


Presenters' Slides: Alberta Transition to Adult CareInnovations

Susan's e-headshot_2016.JPGDr. Susan Samuel MD, MSc

Dr. Samuel is a pediatric nephrologist and clinician scientist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  Her research goals are to improve care and outcomes of children with chronic disease, in particular those with kidney disease and kidney failure.  She is working with a multi-disciplinary team in Alberta to improve transition to adult care, and leads the Alberta Transition Navigator Trial.  She serves on various committees to enhance child health and kidney research both locally and nationally.

GD headshot.JPGDr. Gina Dimitropoulos RSW, PhD

Dr. Dimitropoulos joined the Faculty of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2015. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both tertiary care and community based settings delivering family based treatments, group therapy and individual counselling for adolescents and adults with mental health issues. She teaches graduate level clinical and research courses. Gina also has extensive experience in various methodologies including randomized controlled trials, mixed methods analysis, health services research and qualitative research.

K Johnston picture.pngKaren Johnston 

Karen is the Nurse Practitioner Clinical Lead for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Transition Program in Edmonton, Alberta. Previously she ran the transition program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes at the Pediatric Diabetes Education Centre for 10 years and has a passion for working with teens struggling with mental health concerns. Karen has worked 20 years as a nurse in pediatrics, adult and pediatric intensive care, and post-partum. In addition, she has taught at the University of Alberta as a clinical instructor. Karen plays classical guitar and aspires to make sounds that actually sound like music. 

deborah-thul-125.jpgDeborah Thul, BSW, RSW

Deborah is a social worker who coordinates the Well on Your Way Youth in Transition program at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. She has been working in the area of adolescent transition for the past 9 years, assisting ambulatory clinics at the Alberta Children’s Hospital to develop adolescent transition programs that focus on patient readiness using a family-centered care approach. Her work also involves developing community partnerships, addressing system barriers and gaps, and assisting medically complex patients and their families with the transfer to adult care.

Dr. Mackie.jpgDr. Andrew Mackie

Dr. Mackie is a paediatric cardiologist at the Stollery Children's Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta.  His research interests include: ( i ) the transition from pediatric to adult cardiac care, and how to improve that process for adolescents, their parents, and health care providers; (ii) healthcare resource utilization among children and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) using administrative databases; (iii) outcomes research in general among children and adults with CHD (e.g. systematic reviews, clinical trials, observational studies, health systems/services).

Created by Doug Maynard on 2018/05/15 17:16