PATCH for Providers is a 90-minute workshop that provides an authentic perspective on ways health care teams can more effectively communicate and build relationships with teens while planning for and managing a successful health care transition. It is led by a group of trained PATCH Teen Educators under the supervision and support of their PATCH Site Coordinator, ensuring content and learning objectives are delivered with fidelity.

The PATCH workshop was very informative and thought provoking. It really shed light on the teen perspective and ignited a passion to make sure they truly understand their rights and feel safe, protected, and educated - PATCH for Providers Participant

We are offering numerous PATCH for Providers workshops throughout Wisconsin by live webcast and/or in-person as health and safety policies and situations allow.

Schedule or request workshop pricing information from PATCH at or 608.251.0139 ext 4


Health care transition for youth and young adults is a priority for many U.S. health care and public health entities. There is a significant impact on individuals, as well as systems at large, when a structured and intentional transition process from pediatric to adult health care is not integrated into routine care. Youth and young adults are more likely to disengage, delay, or inappropriately use health services into adulthood resulting in poorer health outcomes and higher costs.

Persistent interpersonal barriers hinder open and engaging conversations between adolescents and health care providers. Some young people even choose to forgo services to avoid the potential realities of stigma, confidentiality breaches, and judgement from their health care providers – particularly in discussing more personal health behaviors and topics.


This educational activity is designed to change learner competence and focuses on the following competency areas:

  • The American Board of Medical Specialties’: Patient care and procedural skills, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism
  • Institute of Medicine: Patient-centered care
  • Pharmacist (CAPE): Communication, cultural sensitivity, educator, patient advocacy, patient-centered care, population-based care, professionalism, and self-awareness
  • Pharmacy Technician Competencies (PTCB): Verbal Communication Skills, and
  • Nursing and Interprofessional: Roles/responsibilities, and interprofessional communication


    This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, social workers, psychologists, public health and health educators, as well as other members of the health care team who have interest in empowering youth to transition from pediatric to adult health care.


    As a result of this educational activity learners will be able to:

    1. Discuss and value the importance of adolescent concerns, attitudes, and preferences in health care settings.
    2. Describe ways to provide high-quality, youth-friendly health care services.
    3. Develop confidence and skills to communicate effectively and build relationships with teens.
    4. Advocate for and effectively communicate about appropriate youth-friendly health care services among the health care team.