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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.

Contact Information

Got Transition
1615 M Street NW, Suite 290
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-223-1500
Fax: 202-429-3957


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 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.

Samhita Ilango, MSPH | Health Research/Policy Analyst
Samhita Ilango is responsible for assisting with health care transition research and quality improvement activities in the District of Columbia and nationally as part of The National Alliance's Got Transition efforts. Ms. Ilango has experience working in autism research as well as reproductive health research. Ms. Ilango received her Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University and received her master's degree in Public Health, focusing in health policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Annie Schmidt, MPH | Health Research/Policy Analyst
Annie Schmidt is responsible for assisting with research and policy analysis related to adolescent health and the development of transition payment options. Ms. Schmidt has participated in health research with underserved and vulnerable populations, with particular focus on mental health, communication of tobacco health risks, and tobacco control legislature. Ms. Schmidt achieved her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Bachelors of the Arts in Psychology from Kenyon College.

Cabinet Executive Team

  • Joshua Calarino
  • W. Carl Cooley, MD
  • Mallory Cyr, MPH
  • Sharon Fleischfresser, MD, MPH
  • Christopher Hanks, MD
  • Mary Jo Paladino, MSA
  • Laura Pickler, MD, MPH/MSPH
  • Elena Sakopoulos
  • Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH
  • Allysa Ware, MSW

Advisory Teams


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Got Transition® is a program of National Alliance Logo The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health supported by U1TMC31756 HRSA/MCHB