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Patti Barovechio DNP MN CCM

Statewide Care Coordinator Supervisor - CSHS

Dr. Susan Berry FAAP MPH CSHS Medical Director

Children's Special Health Services (CSHS) Team:

(back) Dionka Pierce MPH - Program Manager, Jia Benno, Julie Johnston, Shauna Burrel, Laverne Williams, Michelle Duplantier LCSW (front) Emily Mabile MPH, Patti Barovechio MN, Melinda Peat MCD 

Patti Barovechio DNP MN CCM 

Patti is the Statewide Care Coordinator Supervisor for Louisiana Children's Special Health Services (CSHS).   She is a certified case manager and NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert.  In her professional role, Patti leads provider education outreach programs on youth health transition, care coordination and the medical home healthcare delivery model.  Patti also writes a quarterly column for the 'Family Matters' newsletter on youth transition. 

Inspired by her mentor Dr. Susan Berry, and the team at CSHS, Patti focused her doctoral project on the development of a health promotion resource for Louisiana transition aged youth.  The goal was to orient youth to the topic of transition, create role awareness, and offer an opportunity for knowledge enrichment on the process.  The shared expertise and support provided by the CSHS team and organizations/work-groups around the country contributed greatly to the success of the project.  Patti completed her doctorate studies at LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans in December of 2015.  SmoothMovesYHT is now a collaborative work of the CSHS team.  

 SmoothMoveYHT  Mission

The mission and goal for the SmoothMovesYHT website is to provide a tool for health provider YHT programs and offer a reliable online resource for youth in transition. is in its early formation.  Please send comments and tell us what you like and what you don't.  All feedback is greatly appreciated!  If you are interested in contributing resources or information topics for the site, please go to the contact us page and reach out to us. 

​​​​​​​SmoothMovesYHT is a teen health promotion website. The information on this site is developed from evidence informed guidelines (what the experts say), transition research (what the research scientists discovered), and recommendations from organizations (important expert groups) such as the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The web links provided throughout the site (in blue) were selected based on their usefulness and the expertise (know-how) of the organization or author.  Many of the resources were developed in other states by expert work-groups, universities and/or government agencies.  SmoothMovesYHT expresses great appreciation for permissions and collaborative support received from these field experts.  

The website represents the work of a nursing doctoral student project at Louisiana State University.

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