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All sessions (in-person and virtual) will be in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

December 2, 2023
8:30-9:00 AMOpening Remarks*
9:00-10:00 AM

Keynote Presentation*

Jeremie Saunders is an award-winning actor, producer, and host of the hit podcast Sickboy. Born and raised on the East Coast of Canada, Jeremie is a strong voice in rethinking how people view illness and disease. He lives with a genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis. Through his Keynote Address, he will share his experience with healthcare, including making the transition from pediatric to adult care settings.

10:00-10:30 AMBreak and Poster Fair
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

Youth Panel*:
The youth panel will take a deep dive into the lived experience of transitioning to adult care. Composed of a diverse group of youth, including those who are on the verge of transition to those who have landed in the adult world, this panel will provide differing points of view of what is currently working and the changes that are needed to improve transition. Youth will also share their insights on solutions to some of the most frustrating challenges they have faced/are facing.

Skill Building Session:
This session will focus on communication. Led by a physician and a youth/young adult, this session will walk through the how and the what to ask when transitioning to adult healthcare.

Concurrents | Session A:
  1. Designing Solutions for Transitions to Adult Life: Guiding Transitions Services for Service Providers, Youth, Families, and Systems
  2. Using an Integrated Knowledge Translation Approach to Explore the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care in Nova Scotia
Concurrents | Session B:
  1. Our Challenges and Successes While Building a New Transition Program for Adolescents and Young Adults with Complex Epilepsy
  2. What Happens Beyond Childhood? Shifting from Pediatric to Adult Congenital Cardiac Care
French Round Table / Table ronde en français*:
Des professionnels de la santé, des parents et des jeunes/jeunes adultes partageront leur point de vue sur leur expérience de la transition. Cette table ronde sera présentée en français et disponible virtuellement pour favoriser la participation dans tout le pays.
12:00-1:30 PMLunch and Poster Fair
1:30-3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Parent Panel*:
In a separate panel, parents will share their point of view on the transition experience of their youth/young adults. Experiences will range from parents who are preparing their youth for independent self-management of their health, to parents whose children have complex conditions and require ongoing support.

Skill Building Session:
This session will focus on communication. Led by a physician and a youth/young adult, this session will walk through the how and the what to ask when transitioning to adult healthcare.

Concurrents | Session A:

  1. Youth & Young Adult Advocacy & Leadership: A Case Study of Frayme's Fellowship Program / Knowledge Equity: A Core Component for System Change
  2. The Importance of Telling and Sharing Your Story - Using Digital Storytelling to Foster Healing and Resilience
Concurrents | Session B:
  1. The Past, Present & Future of Adolescent Transition: Learnings from Pediatric Respiratory Medicine
  2. An Evidence Informed Strategy to Improve Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care for Youth with Medical Complexity

3:00-3:30 PMBreak and Poster Fair
3:30-4:00 PMAwards and Oral Presentations (winners/rapid fire format)*
4:00-5:00 PM

Closing Keynote*

Dr. Behn Smith is Eh Cho Dene (Big Animal People) of the Fort Nelson First Nation in B.C. with French Canadian/Metis roots in the Red River Valley. Since getting her Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University and completing residencies at the universities of Ottawa and Manitoba, Dr. Behn Smith’s career has spanned the country and globe. The focus of her work at the Office of the Provincial Health Officer has been unlearning and undoing systemic white supremacy and anti-indigenous racism to uphold the inherent rights of Indigenous people and advance truth and reconciliation. Learnings from this work will be shared as they relate to serving youth and emerging adults, as well as specifically illuminating wholistic roots of wellness for First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth in particular.

5:00-6:00 PMNetworking and Poster Fair
December 3, 2023
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Transition to Adult Care Hub Meeting*

This half-day meeting will bring together Transition Hub members to share in the successes accomplished to date and identify priorities and deliverables for the hub over the next 2 years.

*Hybrid aspects of the conference

Event Date

Pre-Conference Transitions Pop-Up:
Dec. 2-3, 2023

Main Conference:
Dec. 3-5, 2023

Conference Co-Hosts

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