Transition of Care: Conceptualizing an Intentional Communication Model for the Camp Community




summer camp, transition of care, management continuity, informational continuity, electronic medical records, youth outcomes


“Transition of care” is defined as the movement of an individual from one setting of care to another and involves communicating with appropriate out-of-camp stakeholders such as parents, teachers, and community health care providers to identify youth needs (before camp) and outcomes achieved (after camp) so desired health goals may be shared across youth settings (e.g., home, school, community). Informed by management continuity and informational continuity theoretical frameworks, transition of care describes how activities such as recordkeeping and sharing of information from one team of caregivers to another improves the quality of services. When considered within the context of a child’s summertime experiences such as summer camp, attention to transition of care from a child’s academic year to summer, and from summer to a child’s academic year, may improve the quality of children’s summertime experiences by ensuring that a child’s health and well-being are both fully supported and promoted across the calendar year. Transition of care communication practices are strengthened through the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and systems that support the sharing of information across stakeholders. This article contextualizes transition of care communication for the camp community, addressing implications for practice, research, and policy, to encourage the development of a comprehensive system that supports transition of care practices; a system that will require the buy-in of camp institutions, third-party camp software companies, camp organizations, and families.

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Author Biographies

Barry Garst, Clemson University

Associate Professor, Youth Development Leadership

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Stuart T. Weinberg

Stuart T. Weinberg, MD, FAAP, FAMIA is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has held leadership positions in the Ohio Section of the American Camping Association (ACA) and has participated in two ACA Healthy Camp Advisory Committees beginning in 2011. Stuart has combined his backgrounds in resident camp, pediatrics, and biomedical informatics to provide education on the uses of technology in camp healthcare.

Linda E. Erceg

Linda E. Erceg, RN, MS, PHN, is a lifetime camp professional, currently chairs the American Camp Association’s Healthy Camps Committee, co-authored Camp Nursing: the Basics & Beyond (2020), and holds lifetime membership in the Association of Camp Nursing, an organization she incorporated in 1994 while serving as Executive Director until 2014. Linda writes, speaks and consults on health topics germane to youth programs at camps around the world.


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