Dr. Charmaine Smith Wright is the inaugural medical director of ChristianaCare’s Center for Special Health Care Needs, which is the only center in the greater Delaware area dedicated to providing primary care for adults ages 18 and older with complex medical and social conditions that originated in childhood.
Dr. Wright oversees a team of medical experts who focus on guiding patients through the transition from pediatrics to adult medicine.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Disabilities and Health Care
University Of Pennsylvania: MSHP, Health Policy Research 2010
Harvard Medical School: MD 2003
Harvard University: BA, Biology 1999
Media Appearances (4)
The 302 #4 (Season 1): Christiana Care for Special Health Care Needs | Full Show
The 302 tv
Christiana Center for Special Health Care Needs: The 302 goes behind the scenes at The Center for Special Health Care Needs, a valuable resource for children with physical and developmental challenges. The center transitions these children into the adult care system
Dr. Charmaine Wright
The Delaware Way Show tv
Larry sits with Dr. Charmaine Wright of Christiana Care Health Systems to talk about how to help parents of children with special needs transition into adulthood.
Guiding patients with special needs into adulthood
The News Journal
Easing the worry of the whole family is part of the center’s mission. “We aim to make the transition seamless between pediatric and adult care,” said Charmaine Wright, M.D., the center’s medical director. “We reduce stress on families with care that is accessible and convenient, and by connecting them with resources in the community that can improve their quality of life.”
Personnel file: WSFS, Cover & Rossiter, Del-One, Tipton Comm, Dept. of Correction, Sussex County, Easterseals
Delaware Business Now
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore welcomed Dr. Charmaine Wright, MD, of Media, PA, to its Board of Directors. As the Medical Director of the Center for Special Health Care Needs at Christiana Care Health Services, Wright oversees the department which is dedicated to providing primary and specialty care for adults with complex medical and social conditions such as those served by Easterseals.
Selected Papers and Publications (3)
Measuring Organizational Cultural Competence to Promote Diversity in Academic Healthcare OrganizationsHealth Equity
Jaya Aysola, Diana Harris, Hairong Huo, Charmaine S. Wright, and Eve Higginbotham
Purpose: To evaluate what drives respondent perceptions of health system organizational cultural competence.
The genesis of systems of care for transition to adulthood services: emerging models in primary and subspecialty carePubMed
Charmaine Wright, Caren Steinway, Sophia Jan
Purpose of review: Transitioning adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions can be complex. Expert recommendations support a transition process that starts in early adolescence, provides continuous guidance and support and allows for care opportunities with patients and caregivers, with the patient alone and between paediatric and adult providers.
The Crisis Close at Hand: How COVID-19 Challenges Long-Term Care Planning for Adults with Intellectual DisabilityNCBI
Charmaine Wright, Caren Steinway and Sophie Jan
Whether cared for in the community or in a facility, adults with intellectual disability are among the most vulnerable individuals in the United States. Families caring for these individuals face financial, social, and emotional stress as they navigate long-term care choices for their loved ones. COVID-19 has stressed an already overwhelmed and disparate system.
External Service & Affiliations (2)
- American Board of Medicine
- American Board of Pediatrics