Page ContentBright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported, in part, by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). 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 Implementation Tip SheetsThese NEW and UPDATED tip sheets offer practical advice to help you integrate the Bright Futures approach, tools and resources into your daily practice.Learn moreBright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, 2nd Edition NEW!Completely updated Toolkit corresponding with the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition, with key documents that work as an integrated system to assist a health care professional carry out an efficient Bright Futures health supervision visit.Learn moreBright Futures GuidelinesAt your fingertips, this manual provides the most respected recommendations for the top 12 areas of child development in 1 volume, along with the most up-to-date well-child supervision standards by visit. PDF versions are now available for reference.Learn moreMedical Screening Reference TablesThe tables provide an easy-to-use reference table for each Bright Futures well-child visit. Each table compiles the relevant history, risk assessment questions, and action to take if the risk assessment shows a positive result.Learn moreBright Futures WebinarsMake sure to sign up for the latest Bright Futures webinars beginning in April 2017. Learn about the revised and updated Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition from the editors themselves. Learn moreBright Futures EQIPP CoursesThese courses are designed to help physicians interpret the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents into everyday practice, with practical suggestions for implementation.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 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 moreFor FamiliesThe Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to ExpectThis NEW handout, The Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to Expect, helps families prepare for their regular check-ups. This tip sheet is available in English and Spanish.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 September 16, 2020Extended Deadline: October 16, 2020 — ***Attention*** Please Submit New or Re-enter Comments: Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule)If you submitted comments between August 20th, 2020 (beginning at 12:00 am ET) and August 27th, 2020 (before 11:00 am ET), please re-enter your comments. There was a system error in the Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule Public Comment database collection system. The system error has been corrected. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.A Federal Register Notice has been issued extending the public comment opportunity on proposed updates to the Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule (related to hepatitis C virus infection screening). Comment as an individual or on behalf of an organization. This review is web-based only and the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Workgroup (BFPSW) will take comments into consideration.Public Comment Webpage: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/maternal-child-health-topics/child-health/bright-futures.html.September 15, 2020Webinar Series: E-cigarettesThe AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence is hosting a series of free webinars led by subject matter experts that focus on clinical and policy approaches to address youth e-cigarette use and prevention with adolescents, families, and communities. The first webinar, “E-cigarettes 101,” will be held on Thursday, September 24 at 7p CT/8p ET. Click here to register**Those that pre-register will have access to the recording after the live eventSeptember 10, 2020AAP Podcast Series: Pediatrics On CallEach episode of the AAP Pediatrics On Call podcast features interviews about new research and hot topics in the field of pediatrics. Hear about the most important innovations in pediatrics, from the people who are behind them. While designed for pediatricians and other health professionals, the podcast will also appeal to parents, caregivers and anyone else interested in the science behind children’s health. On the latest episode, hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, talk about adverse childhood experiences and keeping kids safe during the pandemic. Bob Sege, MD, PhD, FAAP, describes how to create positive childhood experiences.September 10, 2020Opportunity: AAP Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Substance Use ECHOThe AAP invites primary care practices to participate in the AAP Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Substance Use ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) project. This telementoring program leverages video conferencing technology to increase clinician knowledge and support for addressing adolescent substance use, focusing on SBIRT approaches using didactic and case-based presentations. This 8-month learning collaborative will meet regularly, once per month, for one hour, beginning in October 2020. If you are interested in participating, please contact email@example.com or complete the project application by September 25, 2020. September 10, 2020Pediatric Mental Health Minute SeriesReal-time education to support pediatricians caring for children and youth with mental health disorders. Watch the latest video, Screening Tools by Diane Bloomfield MD, FAAP.August 17, 2020Promoting Early Childhood Development Globally in the Time of COVID-19This free webinar, with experts from the Sesame Workshop, LEGO Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ummeed Child Development Center, and AAP, will address the impact of COVID on early childhood development (ECD) programs and provide tangible ways to promote ECD during the pandemic. Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12 pm ET/11 am CTClick here to register.Please use the password 1234 to register for this event.August 17, 2020Social Media Campaigns: Well-Child Visits and National Immunization Awareness MonthThe Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) #WellChildWednesdays social media campaign encourages families to visit their pediatric health care professionals for well-child visits and immunizations. The campaign posts offer families the information and support they need to make well-child visits a priority. The messages appear on Twitter and Facebook with the handle @HRSAgov and #WellChildWednesdays.August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The US Department of Health and Human Services's (HHS) National Vaccine Initiative encourages preventive health with its “Catch Up to Get Ahead” Campaign. This campaign includes a new toolkit for messages directed toward the general public. Consider sharing and promoting these important messages.August 14, 2020Reminder - Social Media Campaign: #CallYourPediatricianUsing humor and real-world conversations, the AAP launched the #CallYourPediatrician campaign, aimed to reach parents with timely reminders that going to the pediatrician, even during COVID-19, is important and safe. The campaign website has everything you need to share on your own platforms and networks. The website includes sample texts, videos and photos sized for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. All posts should include the hashtag #CallYourPediatrician.August 6, 2020Webinar OpportunityExpanding from Quality Improvement to Value Improvement is necessary and useful when seeking to lower cost and resource utilization while improving value of care, outcomes, and patient experience. Value Improvement has started to gain more momentum in healthcare, but there is still work to be done. This webinar will provide attendees with the resources and educational tools needed to begin implementing high-value care. Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020 1pm ET/12pm CTClick here to register.July 14, 2020New Webinar on Pediatric Care Online! Promoting Optimal Development: Identifying Infants and Young Children WithDevelopmental Disorders Through Developmental Surveillance and ScreeningIn this webinar, Paul Lipkin, MD, FAAP and Michelle M. Macias, MD, FAAP discuss the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical report Promoting Optimal Development: Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders Through Developmental Surveillance and Screening. Learning objectives of this webinar include:Summarize the recommended steps for effective developmental surveillance and screening, including screening tools, diagnosis, and referral.Identify components of developmental surveillance including communication with other professionals.Identify AAP partner initiatives and resources available to assist with implementation of developmental screening, referral, and follow-up.All PCO webinars are archived at https://pediatriccare.solutions.aap.org/webinars.aspx July 8, 2020New Episode & Survey - Cultural Considerations for Obesity CareIn this episode of Conversations About Care Dr. Hassink speaks with Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP who is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital about the importance cultural considerations in obesity care. https://ihcw.aap.org/Pages/Podcast.aspxWhether you're a longtime or a first time listener, we'd love to hear your feedback via a brief survey where you can suggest future topics and share ideas on how we can continue to improve our show. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TS7XJZKJuly 7, 2020CDC Resources About Child Developmental ProgressCDC resources help parents talk about their child's developmental progress during health supervision visits. CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early. program offers pediatricians the tools they need to support parents. The resources help parents know more about developmental milestones and have realistic expectations about their child's development. This allows clinicians more time to discuss issues of concern.July 7, 2020Residency programs shift gears to address families' concerns about COVID-19For years, pediatric residency program faculty have partnered with community organizations to teach residents how to address local child health needs and prepare them to be effective child health advocates. When communities began to feel the impact of COVID-19, faculty leaders drew on these partnerships to address families' pressing concerns. Click here to learn more. July 7, 2020AAP Voices: Helping Our Colleagues Keep Children's Teeth HealthyC. Eve J. Kimball, MD, and Anupama Rao Tate, DMD, MPH, write about how pediatricians can work with their dentist colleagues to help ward off serious health problems among children who have been on lockdown during the pandemic. Read the AAP Voices blog here.June 15, 2020AAP FAQ: CARES Act Provider Relief FundThe Department of Health and Human Services launched an online portal for pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgeons to apply for financial relief from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgeons can now apply for approximately $15 billion of total funding available to physicians who see patients on Medicaid and CHIP. To help you navigate this process, learn whether you're eligible, how to apply and more, AAP created this FAQ page.