La’Shardae Scott


Managing Care Continuity: The Transition of Sickle Cell Patients from Pediatric to Adult Health Care


The capstone project consists of three scholarly outcomes that emphasize the significance of social workers and center on developing a comprehensive strategy to support sickle cell patients in their transition from pediatric to adult care. The initial product is a comprehensive analysis of existing literature that investigates the lack of standardized transitioning programs supported by empirical evidence for potential transitioning models. The second product provides a theoretical framework that social workers can employ in their roles as leaders and administrators to support individuals with sickle cell disease. The third product aims to implement a training program specifically designed to assist social workers, organizational leaders, and medical health professionals in establishing and sustaining relationships with sickle cell patients. The program also emphasizes the importance of comprehending the patients’ diagnosis and effectively addressing any biases they may have. This program provides individuals with the necessary tools and skills to empower them.


La’Shardae Scott is a dedicated leader serving as the President & CEO of the Scott Center for Observation, Treatment and Transition, where she spearheads initiatives focusing on infant mortality, mental health, and the transition of sickle cell patients from pediatric to adult care. La’Shardae has secured funding for her organization, ensuring impactful interventions.

In addition to securing funding, La’Shardae has played a pivotal role in collaborating with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop the groundbreaking manual, “Oral Health Management in Sickle Cell Patients.” Moreover, her strategic partnerships with Ohio’s local hospitals are instrumental in providing a seamless transition from pediatric to adult care for sickle cell patients. These alliances have not only facilitated the delivery of comprehensive services but have also significantly enhanced the quality of care for vulnerable populations.

As a devoted advocate for individuals with sickle cell disease, La’Shardae’s passion is deeply personal, as she is the mother of two warrior children thriving and surviving sickle cell disease. She actively serves on boards and committees dedicated to addressing health disparities, exemplifying her commitment to improving healthcare outcomes for all.

Furthermore, La’Shardae contributes her expertise to the National Association of Social Workers-Ohio (NASW-OH) as a valued member of the Board of Directors for Region 1. Her academic journey includes earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, and she is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Kentucky with a focus on Administrative Leadership.