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 November 25, 2020Bright Futures Presents: Resources, Strategies, and Experiences to Advance NPMs 11 & 12Please join us for a 90-minute webinar to learn about key resources, strategies, and real-world experiences to assist your state Title V MCH program's efforts to advance National Performance Measures 11 (Medical Home) and 12 (Transition). Presenters include representatives from the Bright Futures National Center, state Title V MCH programs, Got Transition, and the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home.Wednesday, December 9, 2020 12:15pm CT – 1:45pm CTRegistration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sWtbh63zR5i4e0NKBa0eyQNovember 24, 2020Reminder: The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is seeking public input on A Blueprint for Change: Guiding Principles for Advancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and Families (Blueprint)Please submit comments via email to CYSHCN@hrsa.gov and reference "CYSHCN Blueprint RFI" in the subject line. Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET.In the fall of 2019, MCHB began working with a small group of CYSHCN experts and families to reexamine systems of care for CYSHCN and to identify priorities and opportunities that can advance those systems and improve outcomes. The result is a draft Blueprint that can inform programs and policy at the community, state, and federal level. Please note: Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) may be made publicly available; do not include any proprietary or confidential information. HRSA/MCHB will not respond to any individual comments, except to clarify written responses. HRSA also will not respond to questions about potential policy issues related to this RFI.November 24, 2020Two Exciting New Oral Health Promotion ResourcesTooth Brushing Technique Graphic & 30-second VideoLatinx: Healthy Teeth Across Generations: Tip Sheets for All AgesThe American Academy of Pediatrics is excited to share new oral health promotion resources for families and anyone working with children and caregivers. Preventing tooth decay is more important than ever. These resources will help you help families with tooth brushing technique and healthy habits for everyone, from babies to grandparents. Download and print or share electronically.November 23, 2020Roadmap to Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood OutcomesThe Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is pleased to share its new early childhood resource, “A Roadmap to Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood Outcomes.” This resource was developed to help understand what helps and hinders collaboration among these HRSA-funded early childhood programs. The roadmap:• presents the results of a comprehensive environmental scan and qualitative analysis of current priorities and activities among these early childhood programs • offers recommendations for enhancing collaboration among early childhood programs• suggests a flexible framework that states and jurisdictions can replicate• highlights a case study from the Indiana state team that pilot-tested this frameworkThis roadmap was designed for anyone that oversees or supports Title V, MIECHV, and ECCS programs but it will also be of use and interest to public health professionals and leaders, state/local maternal and child health staff, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders working with or interested in the early childhood sector. You can access “A Roadmap to Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood Outcomes” at http://bit.ly/AMCHPRoadmap.November 18, 2020AAP Town Hall: Physician Resilience in the Time of COVID-19 The AAP has launched a bi-weekly series of virtual town halls linking members with leading experts to discuss emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next session, Thursday (11/19) at 7 pm CT, addresses a critical component of the response to COVID-19: the wellness of our pediatrician, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgeon members. AAP members have shared that they are experiencing incredibly high levels of stress during this time.. This session will provide an opportunity to connect with peers and experts to share concerns, build community, and discuss strategies to build resilience and stay well. Listen while you exercise or join while relaxing on your couch – invest the time to stay healthy and resilient during COVID-19. Register here. Previous Town Halls are available for viewing here. November 17, 2020AAP Adolescent Telehealth Care ECHOTelehealth is a valuable tool for improving access to quality health care for adolescents during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the AAP is launching a new ECHO project that will provide an opportunity for pediatric primary care teams to connect with experts and peers to learn about promising practices and work through challenges related to the provision of adolescent care via telehealth. Whether a pediatric practice is new to telehealth or has been using telehealth for some time, this ECHO incorporates a quality improvement component that will assist practice teams in improving care while receiving up-to-date information, mentorship, and support. Participating pediatricians may receive MOC Part 4 credits. For more information, click here.The ECHO will launch in December and run monthly until April 2021. ECHO sessions will be held on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT, beginning on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Register here.Contact Lisa Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.November 17, 2020AAP Behavioral and Mental Health Telehealth Care ECHOTelehealth is a valuable tool for improving access to quality behavioral and mental health care for patients during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the AAP is launching a new ECHO project that will provide an opportunity for pediatric primary care teams to connect with experts and peers to learn about promising practices and work through challenges related to the provision of behavioral and mental health care for children via telehealth. Whether a pediatric practice is new to telehealth or has been using telehealth for some time, this ECHO incorporates a quality improvement component that will assist practice teams in improving care while receiving up-to-date information, mentorship, and support. Participating pediatricians may receive MOC Part 4 credits. For more information, click here..The ECHO will launch in December and run monthly until April 2021. ECHO sessions will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm – 7:30pm CT, beginning on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.Register here.Contact Lisa Brock at email@example.com for more information. November 13, 2020Upcoming AAP Town Hall: Pediatrician Resilience in the Time of COVID-19The AAP has launched a bi-weekly series of virtual town halls linking members with leading experts to discuss emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next session will focus on pediatrician resilience in the time of COVID-19 and will offer practical tips around wellness for pediatricians and their teams. Thursday, November 19th 7pm CTRegister here. Previous Town Halls are available for viewing here.November 12, 2020Breastfeeding & Lactation Support for Medical Trainees Implementation ProjectThe AAP & American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are working together to support the Breastfeeding & Lactation Support for Medical Trainees Implementation Project, funded by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research shows medical residents and other medical professionals are a risk group for not reaching their breastfeeding goals. This project aims to increase medical trainees’ positive experiences with lactation.Click here to apply by November 20, 2020. Contact Kera Beskin for more information.November 12, 2020Technical Help Offered as Part of Telehealth ProjectAs part of the Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care project, the AAP is offering free technical assistance to pediatric health professionals. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $6,000,000 with no percentage financed by nongovernmental sources. Technical assistance services can include connection to tools and resources and subject matter experts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with requests.November 11, 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. November 11, 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.November 10, 2020Webinar: Racial Health Inequities During COVID-19 Watch this AAP COVID-19 webinar for pediatricians, A Framework to Approach Racial Health Inequities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. October 30, 2020Rural Practices Telehealth Stipend - Application Deadline Extended to November 2, 2020The “Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care" project is a grant between the AAP and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to support telehealth access and infrastructure for the provision of comprehensive care to children and adolescents, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and other vulnerable pediatric populations, utilizing a medical home approach during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this grant, the AAP is launching a program that will provide small stipends to practices serving pediatric patients and families. The stipend program will offer $5,000 to community-based practices that serve rural areas (with an emphasis on underserved populations in those areas) and are new to telehealth implementation. The program will support practices with the implementation of telehealth and distance care through participation in a 6-month virtual learning community. Applicants can include practices with non-pediatrician physicians, such as pediatric nurse practitioners and family physicians. Click HERE for more information.Applications can be completed by clicking HERE or by returning completed proposals to Robinn Yu: email@example.comDeadline for applications: November 2, 2020, by 7 pm CT.Contact: Oyin Oloniniyi (firstname.lastname@example.org)Click HERE for the Information Session Recording.Password: Telehealth2020October 30, 2020Adolescent Mental Health PodcastIn a recent episode of Pediatrics On Call, hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, talk to Cora Breuner, MD, MPH, FAAP, about screening for and treating adolescent mental health issues. The hosts also discuss with Jason Glanz, PhD, new research in Pediatrics about the efficacy of web-based vaccine messaging. Listen here. Pediatrics On Call is supported by Johnson & Johnson, the global health care company.