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 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 26, 2020New AAP Podcast Launching July 21The American Academy of Pediatrics is launching its official podcast Pediatrics On Call July 21 that will explore the latest news and innovations in children's health, discuss the science behind child health recommendations, and hear first-hand from leading experts in child and adolescent medicine. Watch podcast host videos by pediatricians Joanna Parga-Belinkie and David Hill, find and link to our new social media pages, and watch for pilot episode information for Pediatrics On Call on our landing page at aap.org/podcast. 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.June 15, 2020Health Supervision Visit Reminders Are Built into CDC's Milestone Tracker AppWhen families come in for these visits, the Milestone Tracker app can be used as a tool for developmental surveillance. Families can quickly share a summary of their child's progress on their device. The FREE app covers ages 2 months to 5 years and is available in English and Spanish.June 11, 2020Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series The Pediatric Mental Health Minute video series provides real-time education to support pediatricians caring for children and youth with mental health disorders. In the first video, John T. Walkup, MD, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, explores the scope of anxiety in pediatrics. Dr. Walkup discusses what triggers pathological anxiety, explains family history as a predictor, ages, physical complaints, types of anxiety disorders, coping, treatment and therapy. The 18-minute video also provides teaching points and links to more information for pediatricians and families. June 11, 2020#AskThePediatricianHealthy Children now hosts an #AskThePediatrician Facebook Live chat every Wednesday at 1 PM ET to help parents stay up to date with news and recommendations for children's health and parenting. Topics discussed include COVID-19, talking to children about racism, and more. View recent chats here. June 10, 2020New Social Media Campaign: #CallYourPediatricianUsing humor and real-world conversations, the AAP has launched the #CallYourPediatrician campaign, which aims 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.June 2, 2020Webinar: Racial Health Inequities During COVID-19 Watch the latest AAP COVID-19 webinar for pediatricians, A Framework to Approach Racial Health Inequities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. June 2, 2020New Webinar Series - Making Connections: The Critical Role of Family-centered Care in Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)Episode 1: Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 10am - 11am CT | Register Here! Episode 2: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 10am - 11am CT | Register Here! The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH), in partnership with the Bright Futures National Center and the Screening, Technical Assistance, and Resource (STAR) Center, is hosting a 2-part educational webinar series, Making Connections: The Critical Role of Family-Centered Care in Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). The goal of the series is to provide state Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH)/CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families, and others with information about the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) on CYSHCN. The series will discuss the role of these groups and state systems in addressing SDOH for CYSHCN by using components of the medical home model. View more information about the series here. June 2, 2020New Podcast Episode - Pediatric CARE: Childhood Adversity and Resilience Education The Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness (ASHEW) collaborative launched a new episode in their Pediatric CARE: Childhood Adversity and Resiliency Education podcast series. This new episode discusses different avenues to address social determinants of health and how one pediatrician created a business that has left a lasting impact by feeding hungry families and lessons learned along the way. You can find the series on iTunes, Google Play or SoundCloud. Search "STAR Center" or "Pediatric Care." Visit the STAR Center for more resources on addressing social determinants of health, maternal depression, and child development. June 2, 2020New Issue Brief Resource for Title V/MCH Programs - Bright Futures: How Title V Programs Evolve from Guidelines to ActionThe Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) published an issue brief in April 2020 titled "Bright Futures: How Title V Programs Evolve from Guidelines to Action." This resource highlights how Wyoming, North Carolina, and Mississippi are leveraging the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition and related resources to advance their National Performance Measures. A review of their state action plans indicates that these states are using the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition in three key ways:As the evidence-driven national standard for primary clinical care for children and adolescents To inform quality improvement activitiesAs a workforce development toolClick here to access the April 2020 issue brief. The April 2020 issue brief supplements an AMCHP issue brief published in April 2018, which provides a crosswalk showing how the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition correlate with the National Performance Measures for programs that serve children and families under federal Title V grants. Click here to access the April 2018 issue brief.