Transition to Success®, is a system of care that changes our understanding and treatment response to the condition of poverty.
The first of its kind, Transition to Success (TTS) employs a standard, uniform treatment of care for the condition of poverty—a condition brought on by exposure to the social determinants of health faced by low-income families—such as low-paying jobs, and lack of food, health care, transportation, affordable housing, reliable, stable child care and education. Racism, recognized as a social determinant of health, also plays a significant role in the condition of poverty.
TTS responds to these social determinants by coordinating care across health care, human services, government, faith-based organizations and education. By maximizing existing funding streams, and integrating uniform protocols and analytics, we improve health and self-sufficiency, demonstrating poverty is a treatable condition and not a character flaw.
“Poverty is not natural, it is man-made and can be over and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” - Nelson Mandela
Desiring to get back to her social work roots, Marcella Wilson, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Transition to Success, left a 25-year career as a managed health care administrator to lead a charity in Detroit in 2006. While in this role, Dr. Wilson realized that the programs designed to help struggling individuals and families simply were not working. Beyond the fragmented funding, the intense competition between nonprofits, the grueling reporting requirements, and the complex and rigorous regulations, the impact of the 2008 recession had brought Detroit recognition as the poorest city in the United States. She was at the helm of one of its leading organizations charged with helping those without.
With 10,000 clients, including pregnant women, young children, homeless youth, frail elderly, homeless families, adults struggling with HIV/AIDS and returning citizens, Dr. Wilson discovered a community filled with good intentions working within a broken, disconnected, dysfunctional delivery system. Asking the question “How do you treat poverty?” Dr. Wilson’s journey to affect change in Detroit began, leading to a revolutionary paradigm shift and a new framework for treating the condition of poverty through the Transition to Success standards of care.
In 2016, Dr. Wilson began dedicating all of her time and resources in what has become her life’s work: Transition to Success.