About Got Transition
Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Our aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. With a broad range of partners, we are working to:
- Expand the use of the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine practices;
- Partner with health professional training programs to improve knowledge and competencies in providing effective health care transition supports to youth, young adults, and families;
- Develop youth and parent leadership in advocating for needed transition supports and participating in transition quality improvement efforts;
- Promote health system measurement, performance, and payment policies aligned with the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition; and
- Serve as a clearinghouse for current transition information, tools, and resources.
Margaret McManus, MHS | Co-Project Director
Ms. McManus is the President of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the delivery and financing of health care for adolescents. With Dr. White, she is responsible for overall project management. Ms McManus has over 25 years of experience directing national and state projects on child and adolescent health. These research and policy projects have addressed health care transition, public and private health insurance, the Affordable Care Act, integrated primary and behavioral health care, patient-centered primary care, and pediatric workforce issues. Ms. McManus has a Masters in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Patience White, MD, MA | Co-Project Director
Dr. Patience White is an adult and pediatric rheumatologist who for over 20 years has been involved in transition issues for children with disabilities. With Ms. McManus, she is responsible for overall project management. Dr. White previously led the Adolescent Employment Readiness Center (AERC) at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC for 10 years and is a coauthor on the AAP/AAFP/ACP HCT Clinical Report. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of transition and has written numerous articles. Dr. White completed a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship, and a master’s in Education from George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Jodi Shorr, MS | Administrative Director
Jodi Shorr, Administrative Director, is responsible for administrative and financial operations. With over 15 years of administrative experience, Ms. Shorr recently worked with the Ohio Innocence Project in Cincinnati as the Administrative Director. She received a Masters of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Sciences degree from Indiana University in Applied Health Sciences.
Daniel Beck, MA | Communications Director
Daniel Beck is responsible for Got Transition’s outreach and communications, tracking and program monitoring, program efforts with state Title V agencies, and assisting with policy research. Mr. Beck plays a key role with The National Alliance’s transition efforts in the District of Columbia, including developing the health transition website content for dctransition.org and improving linkages between health transition and education and employment transition efforts. He is also a free-lance writer. Mr. Beck received his Master’s Degree in American Studies from the George Washington University.
Chris Harwood, Research Assistant
Chris Harwood is responsible for assisting with research, health care financing, and quality improvement. Mr. Harwood has experience in leadership development and data management. In addition, he has participated in research related to prosocial behavior in the context of scarce resources. Mr. Harwood received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Princeton University and plans to pursue a medical degree in the future.
Cabinet Executive Team
- Carl Cooley, MD
- Mallory Cyr, MPH
- Deborah Garneau, MA
- Teresa Nguyen, MPH
- Laura Pickler, MD
- Allysa Ware, MSW
- Cleveland Clinic
- Henry Ford Health System
- University of Rochester Medical System
- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
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