About Us

Got Transition® is the federally funded national resource center on health care transition (HCT). Its aim is to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of evidence-driven strategies for clinicians and other health care professionals; public health programs; payers and plans; youth and young adults; and parents and caregivers.

Got Transition is a program of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health and is funded through a cooperative agreement from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Working with a broad range of partners, our goals are to:

Establish a new Network with the medical home and financing centers to coordinate efforts to achieve quality care, decrease costs, and improve experience of care.

Engage youth/young adults/families on the importance of a planned transition from pediatric to adult care.

Strengthen HCT evidence and policy analysis.

Increase practice/system adoption of evidence-informed practices.

Enhance engagement of key stakeholder organizations in HCT clinical, educational, and policy improvements.

Update and expand Got Transition's website capability and communication strategies.

Staff

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 access to comprehensive health care and insurance coverage for adolescents. Since 2013, with Dr. White, she has overseen project management for Got Transition, a program of The National Alliance. Ms. McManus has over 35 years of experience directing national, state, and private foundation projects on child and adolescent health. These projects have addressed health care transition, youth with special health care needs, health care financing, insurance coverage and benefits, mental/behavioral health workforce, and preventive care. Ms. McManus has a master's degree in Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Patience White, MD, MA, FAAP, MACP

Co-Project Director


Dr. Patience White is an adult and pediatric rheumatologist who for over 30 years has been involved in transition issues for children with special health care needs. With Ms. McManus, she is responsible for overall project management for Got Transition and provides technical assistance to health plans, Title V agencies, pediatric and adult primary and specialty care practices and professional societies, and health professional training programs. Over her career, she has been active in academic medicine, clinical care, research, public health and advocacy and is the lead author of the 2018 AAP/AAFP/ACP Clinical Report, "Supporting HCT from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home". Dr. White completed a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellowship in the US Senate, 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, website maintenance, and assisting with policy research. He assists in quality improvement efforts, technical assistance oversight, and advisory team engagement. He is also a freelance writer and historian. 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 related to national health survey analyses, state Title V agencies, and quality improvement efforts. She previously worked in autism and reproductive health research. Ms. Ilango 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 conducting research and policy analysis and is involved with a variety of projects related to health care transition, including research on value-based payment and Medicaid managed care contract analysis. She has previous research experience in the fields of mental health and tobacco control. Ms. Schmidt received her master's degree in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Cabinet Executive Team

Joshua Calarino, AA
W. Carl Cooley, MD
Christopher Hanks, MD
Mary Jo Paladino, MSA
Sharifa Peart, MPH
Laura Pickler, MD, MPH/MSPH
Elena Sakopoulos, BA
Allysa Ware, MSW