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 August 29, 2016Transitioning Youth from Pediatric to Adult-Centered Care MOC Part IV ModuleThis Web-based, self-directed QI module will evaluate adequacy of participant documentation of patients' transition from pediatric to adult-centered care within the 6 Core Element framework developed by Got Transition: Center for Health Care Transition Improvement. The module is ideal for general and subspecialty physicians who actively evaluate pediatric patients with chronic diseases on a frequent enough basis to report data on 30 patient visits over a one year period. Participants who successfully meet completion criteria are eligible to receive 25 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credits and 20 CME credits towards maintaining American Board of Pediatrics MOC. Through March 31, 2017, this module is FREE if you mention Got Transition.org, University of California San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital.To register and for more information, contact Kim Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org. August 29, 2016Morning Madness Parent - free WebinarJoin Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician, mother of two, award-winning parenting book author, and Medical Editor of HealthyChildren.org, as she shares 7 secrets to a smoother morning routine!Monday, September 12, 2016 12noon CTClick here to register.August 29, 2016Pediatricians can help children thrive in school by promoting physical and social-emotional health and cognitive development, according a new AAP policy entitled, The Pediatrician's Role in Optimizing School Readiness. A key recommendation is for pediatricians to optimize children’s physical well-being using Bright Futures Guidelines.August 29, 2016Countering Vaccine Hesitancy - ResourcesThe AAP published a clinical report and a policy statement to help equip pediatricians discuss hesitancy with parents, and provide the public-policy support we need for high immunization rates in every state.Clinical Report: Countering Vaccine HesitancyPolicy Statement: Medical Versus Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance Additional resources can be found here.August 22, 2016Focus on Back-to-SchoolHealthychildren.org has posted a number of relevant Back-to- School tips for parents here.August 19, 2016The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) released two new resources for pediatric clinicians.State Pediatric Medicaid and CHIP Medical Homes Initiatives: At-a-Glance TableThe NCMHI, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, recently updated its “State at-a-glance” table. The table provides an overview of publicly funded state programs that support the implementation and spread of the pediatric medical home model of care and states that have active Medicaid payment for pediatric medical home programs.Language Access in Primary CareCreated in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Competence, this article defines language access and provides examples of strategies to enhance language access services in pediatric primary care practices. August 19, 2016Advancing the Medical Home Model in Pediatrics: State ProfilesTennessee: In December 2014, Tennessee was awarded a two-year, $75 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant to transform the state's healthcare system. The SIM grant supports a patient-centered medical home program built off a quality improvement initiative facilitated in partnership with the Tennessee Chapter of the AAP. For more information, view the Tennessee State Profile.Ohio: In December 2014, Ohio was awarded a two-year, $75 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant to transform the state's healthcare system. Two key components of the SIM grant include a patient-centered medical home program and an episode-based payment initiative. Developed through a partnership with the National Center for Medical Home Implementation in the AAP and the National Academy for State Health Policy, read the Ohio State Profile to learn more about this state’s efforts to advance pediatric medical home implementation.August 19, 2016Primary Prevention and Public Health Strategies to Prevent Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - Archived WebinarIn this archived Webinar of Beyond the Data, Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Stephen Patrick discuss the causes of neonatal abstinence syndrome, and how health care providers and policymakers are working to address this growing problem.August 18, 2016Please read this timely AAP Voices message from AAP President, Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAPHateful Speech Hurts: Let's Protect and Care for Immigrants.August 18, 2016Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMSCS) released an informational bulletin that describes how State Medicaid agencies may now cover maternal depression screening as part of the well-child visit, directly benefiting both the child and mother. Please read the bulletin for more details: Maternal Depression Screening and Treatment: A Critical Role for Medicaid in the Care of Mothers and Children. The NIH has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care professionals about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The NIH has developed free materials in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters, and a conversation starter postcard. July 11, 2016The AAP announced a new initiative in the wake of the recent violence (St. Paul, MN; Baton Rouge, LA; Dallas, Tx). The AAP will convene a group of pediatrician experts to identify new approaches to protect children, adolescents and young adults from the epidemic of violence occurring in their everyday lives. The initiative's members, agenda and goals will be forthcoming and will address gun violence as well as the underlying contributors of racism, religious intolerance, homophobia, xenophobia, terrorism or any other form of intolerance. Click here for more information.July 11, 2016The AAP Department of Federal Affairs is developing a suite of communications materials that you can use to help spread the word about the importance of prioritizing children in the upcoming November election. Materials will include a social media toolkit, a Twibbon that can be overlaid on your social media profile photos, and a Prescription to Vote, among other materials. The #VoteKids campaign will be launched on July 18th. To join the online conversation between now and November, use #VoteKids and follow @AmerAcadPeds. July 11, 2016The Campaign for Dental Health has created three new posters and shareable images (memes) in Spanish and English. Designed to help share positive messages about community water fluoridation (CWF), health equity, drinking water, and children’s oral health, these are available in two forms. Click here to download the shareable images for use on social media channels and posters to print and display.July 6, 2016Due to the upsurge in insect-borne infections such as chikungunya and Zika, pediatricians may need to counsel their patients on the safe and effective use of insect repellents. This June 2016 AAP News article has information on advising parents about the appropriate use of insect repellents. Click here for additional Zika-related information and resources from the AAP.June 28, 2016With the support of Friends of Children funding, the AAP has translated into Spanish several resources that support pediatricians to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children and families. “Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians” and the “Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care” are both available on the AAP Web site.