The Staging Transition for Every Patient (STEP) program helps young adults with complex and chronic health conditions transfer from pediatric care at Children’s of Alabama hospital to adult care at UAB Medicine. Many people with serious health conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disease are now living well into adulthood due to advances in treatment. The STEP program started in September 2020 to help with the transition to adult care, which can be difficult for both patients and their families due to medical and insurance changes. UAB Medicine’s STEP Program is the first formal program of its kind in Alabama and the surrounding region. The STEP program includes a primary care clinic for patients age 18 and older that provides medical care, referrals to adult specialists, and an individualized transition plan for each patient and family. The goal is to prevent interruptions in medical care and provide support services – such as physical therapy, social workers, counseling, and emergency planning – within a single primary care setting.

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