A permanent change of station (PCS) brings a myriad of changes to a military family’s life.

In addition to a new role for the service member, a new home, a new base, and a new school, they also have the need of finding new health care providers for everyone. Changing to a new doctor or dentist can be a confusing, and even scary, experience for the younger members of a family.

Sesame Street for Military Families in partnership with the Defense Health Agency will now help make the move to a new health care provider easier and less stressful for parents and children with the Sept. 15 launch of its new Transitions in Health Care topic section.

“The Defense Health Agency is committed to providing the best health care to our service members and their families,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko, Health lead for the Defense Health Agency’s Connected Health branch. “By collaborating with Sesame Workshop and developing Sesame Street for Military Families, we have developed health care resources, like Transitions in Health Care, for parents, providers, and caregivers. These resources enable us to reach out to the youngest members of our military community to ensure they have what they need to cope with military life.”

The new Sesame Street for Military Families Transitions in Health Care topic section provides fun and valuable digital health tools to help kids through feelings of stress and anxiety that may be associated with a PCS. The new “Visiting the Doctor” online game provides an interactive experience allowing kids to virtually walk through a doctor visit, while creating opportunities for parents to provide answers to their child’s questions. Articles for parents also provide tips on how to support children in positive and encouraging ways.

The Transitions in Health Care topic section also delivers provider-focused tools to help understand and support young patients. Providers wishing to incorporate this content into their practice can request a live webinar or view a pre-recorded version on the media-based materials. The new printable materials are also the perfect resources to provide prior to visits or for use in waiting rooms.

Check it out at: www.sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org/topic/transitions-in-healthcare.