HEALTHCARE FOR TRANSITIONING FOSTER YOUTH
The LWC research team collaborated with CCHMC to explore solutions for helping youth in Hamilton County transitioning from Child Services to the adult healthcare system. This endeavor presents an opportunity for young adults transitioning out of foster care to learn about preventative healthcare, make better decisions about their health, and lower medical costs.
Most post-transitioned youth, considered adults by Child Services, are uninformed about their healthcare. When medical situations arise, whether minor or urgent, most youth lack the knowledge to make an educated decision about their health. This results in countless emergency room visits, which waste the patient’s time and money. Many of the existing resources available to post-transitioned youth are unapproachable, leading to a lack of communication with healthcare professionals.
Conversations with pre- and post-transitioned youth revealed how they respond to guidance from healthcare professionals, and how trust affects their decision-making process. The team identified parallels in youth experiences, which revealed an understanding of what the average journey looks like for foster youth. The team then identified key points throughout the journey where design could help to solve healthcare problems.