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Victory Junction, in association with the UNC-Chapel Hill Health Care Transition Program, is honored to co-host the first Victory Junction Transition Advance on September 14 and 15, 2009.

National experts in the field of health care transition have been collaborating since early 2009 and in this meeting they will discuss a multi-site, evidence-based research agenda to measure and monitor the process of transition from pediatric to adult-focused health care. They will particularly discuss patient-reported outcomes, family issues and health provider education.

The goal of health care transition is to maximize an individual’s lifelong functioning and potential through the provision of high quality, developmentally appropriate health care services that continue uninterrupted from adolescence to adulthood. This is a process that is especially important to the growing number of children with special health care needs – the same group of children that are served as campers at Victory Junction. While Victory Junction’s unique facility will serve as a catalyst for a productive conference, it also offers the opportunity for camaraderie and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere.

Participants will share the experience of established transition programs, research data, and ideas to improve the process and to educate physicians and other healthcare providers about this important issue. The major focus of the assembly is to come to some agreement on what are the best tools to measure the transition process moving forward, to arrive at some consensus so research results are comparable across the country.

We are most grateful for the support of LeBauer HealthCare of Greensboro, North Carolina, for providing funding for this innovative conference.

About Victory Junction

Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, Kan. Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 29 partner hospitals. Victory Junction’s mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information, visit