START Transition Program

START Adolescent Transition Program

(757) 668-8609

The START adolescent transition clinic has been created to assist diabetic patients who are 15-21 years of age as they transition to seeing an adult endocrinologist. It is the goal of our team to provide our patients with the resources and tools to achieve independence in care.

Why START?

We feel it is important to start discussing this transition at an early age so that patients know what to expect and have the knowledge they need to stay healthy and independently manage their diabetes before aging out of our pediatric practice.

Our START program includes two nurse practitioners, three diabetes educators and a medical social worker. Patients are seen by our nurse practitioners for assessment of readiness to transition as well as coordination of their transition to adult care, by a certified diabetes educator to receive transition related education/guidance, and a medical social worker to receive support and assessment of financial and mental health needs.

Once their primary endocrinologist identifies that the patient is ready to move onto an adult endocrinologist, the nurse practitioner will assist in coordinating transition to the selected adult endocrinologist.

    (757) 668-8609

    START Team

    Other important contact information

    • Diabetes Center, (757) 668-8609
    • Main Endocrinology number, (757) 668-7237
    • CHKD Endocrinology Emergency line, (866) 883-9886          
    • Prescription line, (757) 668-8747