Page ContentBright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. The Bright Futures Guidelines provide theory-based and evidence-driven guidance for all preventive care screenings and well-child visits. Bright Futures content can be incorporated into many public health programs such as home visiting, child care, school-based health clinics, and many others. Materials developed especially for families are also available. Features For ProfessionalsBright Futures GuidelinesAt your fingertips, this manual provides the most respected recommendations for the top 10 areas of child development in 1 volume, along with the most up-to-date well-child supervision standards by visit.Learn moreBright Futures Tool and Resource KitThis kit provides an organized compilation of current forms and materials for seamless and effective inclusion of preventive health supervision and health screening for infants, children, and adolescents.Learn morePerforming Preventive ServicesDesigned to accompany Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition, this manual provides effective ways to deliver the preventive services that are suggested in the Guidelines.Learn moreAchieving Bright Futures For clinicians, insurers, regulators, lawmakers and others - learn what Bright Futures recommends and how these services are reported and reimbursed.Learn moreImplementing Bright Futures in Public HealthProfessionals can hear recorded audio stories of Bright Futures implementations and read highlights of how Bright Futures is being used by state agencies as the standard for well-child care and as essential content throughout many public health programs. Learn moreFor FamiliesFamily Pocket Guide—Available in English and SpanishDeveloped for families by families, in partnership with the AAP and other professionals, this convenient, attractive resource is based on the AAP’s Bright Futures: Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition.Learn moreBright Futures Activity Book—Available in English and SpanishTo encourage parent-child interaction, the Bright Futures Activity Book provides a fun, informative, and interactive overview of the 10 themes from the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition.Learn more Highlights and Announcements January 6, 2016In a conversation with APHA’s Public Health Newswire, Dr. Tom Frieden tackles the most important public health issues of the year ahead, from climate change to prescription drug overdose to antibiotic resistance and more.Read the entire ”2016 State of Public Health” with CDC Director Tom Frieden here.January 6, 2016In this article, the authors recommend pediatricians apply the tools and support necessary to exert a greater effect on families’ social circumstances. Detection of adverse social determinants of health should be viewed within the context of an evolving, comprehensive childhood system that ensures that early detection leads to referral and linkage to community-based programs and services. They propose propose a new conceptual framework for addressing social determinants within and beyond the medical home.Click here to access the article.December 30, 2015In a new report, a panel of U.S. ophthalmology experts suggests that children who spend lots of time indoors and on computers and other electronic devices may be raising their risk for nearsightedness. The ophthalmologists suspect the increase is due to "near work" (focusing on something close to your eyes) and the decreased amount of time spent outdoors in natural light. The panel encourages kids to take screen/reading breaks. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break off the page and look at something farther away. Click here for more information.December 30, 2015The First Tooth has produced this new video to explain how fluoride varnish can be done in the pediatrics office with ease. It also can be used to recruit medical providers interested in providing oral health services or in office waiting rooms to educate parents. There is also a complementary video for parents that explains why young children need their teeth brushed with fluoride toothpaste and shows parents practical skills to accomplish this goal. December 28, 2015Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) has been updatedChanges to Vision Screening (October 2015)The routine screening at age 18 has been changed to a Risk Assessment (see footnote #7)Changes to Oral Health (May 2015) Under the Oral Health heading, a subheading was added for fluoride varnish. The range includes ages 6 months to 5 years (up to the 6th birthday). This update reflects recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and AAP clinical report. Click here for the related AAP News article.The Periodicity Schedule is maintained online for continual updates as policies change.December 28, 2015Futures Without Violence and AAP are offering a national eLearning module series entitled, Addressing the Bigger Picture in Pediatric Settings: Adverse Childhood Experiences. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are leading social determinants of health and well-being across the lifespan. This module describes predictable effects of ACEs on children's physical, mental, and behaviorial health. Strategies for trauma-informed approach in the pediatric setting are described.Click here to access the online courseDecember 23, 2015January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. As part of the effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes, and their impact, a webinar entitled, Medication Prescribing for Pregnant and Childbearing-aged Women: Resources for the Practicing Clinician is being offered. Information available to health care providers to guide and support pregnant and childbearing-aged women in treatment decisions regarding medications is limited. This webinar will review what is known about medication safety during pregnancy, relevant clinical considerations and resources to help counsel women on treatment decisions before and during pregnancy.Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2PM ET Click here to register.December 21, 2015The AAP hosted a 6-part series aimed at preventing, identifying, and treating opioid dependence. General pediatricians will learn about treatment options for pain and how to minimize diversion.Click here to access archived Webinars.December 21, 2015The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides a number of options to meet Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements, as defined by the American Board of Pediatrics. The AAP provides various activities approved for MOC Part 2 and Part 4 credits, and can help AAP groups develop MOC activities through the AAP MOC Portfolio Program. For more information about AAP activities to support members’ MOC needs, visit the AAP MOC Web page.November 30, 2015The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) hosted a three-part series focusing on implementation and evaluation of pediatric care coordination. These webinars showcased innovative models of cross-system care coordination through family engagement and partnership across clinical, public health, social service, and policy organizations. Faculty provided real life examples of how successful cross-system care coordination positively influences outcomes patients and families.Access the three archived recordings and slide sets here.November 16, 2015Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a documentary series that explores how a strong start for our children can lead to a healthier, stronger, and more equitable America. Click here for viewing opportunities.November 16, 2015Vist the Bright Futures Payment Information Web Page to find resources to help AAP chapters, pediatric councils, and pediatricians obtain coverage of, and payment for, all Bright Futures health supervision screenings, assessments, and services.For more practice-related information, visit the AAP Practice Transformation Web Page.November 16, 2015AAP's Council on Community Pediatrics and the Committee on Nutrition have co-authored a new policy statement entitled, Promoting Food Security for All Children. Food insecurity is a complex issue that presents profound challenges for children and families. Pediatricians play an essential role in recognition of food insecurity, practice-level intervention, and advocacy to mitigate food insecurity within our communities.Click here to read the statement.November 12, 2015The NIHCM Foundation and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs provided an archived recording from their Webinar entitled, Improving Continuity of Coverage and Care for Pregnant & Postpartum Women. This Webinar explored strategies to help pregnant and postpartum women navigate coverage options post-ACA, limit gaps in coverage and improve continuity of care.Click here to access the Webinar.November 6, 2015AAP's Immunization Web site has added a number of new features, including an HPV Champion Toolkit.In addition, AAP spokesperson Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, FAAP created a series of videos talking about the importance of flu vaccination, who should receive the vaccine and why the flu is dangerous. HealthyChildren.org has a page discussing these issues and more. Both of these are great resources to share with parents via office handouts or your practice Web site.