Page ContentBright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 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 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 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.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 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 9, 2017Beyond the Basics: The Impact of Zika Virus on Vision and Hearing WebinarBabies born with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome (CZVS) can have other findings beyond microcephaly. Often, these infants are seen with vision and hearing abnormalities that may be present at birth, however, these can emerge later. Experts are seeing a wide range of severity of issues, and are using different methods to treat these infants. During this webinar, participants will learn more about the vision and hearing findings seen in infants with CZVS, new research in this area, the CDC guidance for evaluation and treatment, and about long term care strategies. Submit questions ahead of time to DisasterReady@aap.org or live during the Q&A portion of the webinar.Tuesday, September 5, 2017 1 PM ETClick here to registerAugust 9, 2017Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the General Pediatrician WebinarIn 2012, the AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn published a clinical report on Neonatal Drug Withdrawal summarizing the clinical presentation of neonatal withdrawal consistent with maternal use and intrauterine exposure of certain drugs during pregnancy and provided therapeutic options for the treatment of withdrawal. Since publication, use of prescription opioid medications in pregnant women and rates of NAS have reached epidemic proportions. This webinar will review evidence on improvements in the identification of at-risk infants, standardized treatment, and best practices for discharge and post-hospital follow-up for infants with NAS. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1 PM ETClick here to registerAugust 4, 2017National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held each August to emphasize the importance of vaccination for preventing serious diseases throughout all stages of the lifespan. Healthcare professionals play a critical role. Parents consistently cite their child's healthcare professional as their most trusted source of vaccine information, and this is true even of those parents who have vaccine concerns.AAP members are invited to participate in a CDC webinar about how to have positive vaccine conversations with parents. “Getting Parents to Yes! Vaccine Conversations That Work For Providers and Parents” webinar will provide strategies and tips to use when speaking with parents about childhood and adolescent immunization. Additional NIAM resources, including communication toolkits and graphics, can be found on the CDC and National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) websites.August 25th, 2017 12:00 PM ESTClick here to register.August 2, 2017Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home ImplementationAre you implementing pediatric medical home? Showcase your work through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) by completing an application for innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. All pediatric medical home stakeholders are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel on an ongoing basis and selected innovative and promising practices will be published on the NCMHI Web site. Complete an electronic submission or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Microsoft Word® Document application.August 2, 2017Behavioral Health Intervention with AdolescentsSubstance use and mental health are major concerns among youth. Pediatricians have an important role in preventing, identifying, and treating substance use and mental health concerns. The AAP, thanks in part to the Friends of Children Fund, is offering free access to simulations which provide participants with effective brief intervention techniques. Use of the simulations are FREE to AAP members and can be accessed at kognito.com/aap.Expiration: December 15, 2017August 2, 2017Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens About Performance Enhancement The AAP has partnered with Kognito to develop a digital simulation, Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens about Performance Enhancement, which prepares pediatricians and other child health professionals to have real-life conversations with teens about appearance and performance-enhancing substances. This free simulation is takes approximately 35 minutes to complete and more information can be found in the attached flyer. Please note, the digital simulation must be accessed via a desktop computer. this resouce can be used for continuing medical education. More CME credit information is provided within the simulation. This simulation can be accessed at kognito.com/aap.July 24, 2017The new Quality Improvement Implementation Tools and Resources page is designed to be a central clearinghouse for the tools, ordersets, measures and educational materials needed to implement rigorous quality improvement projects. The first posted topic relates to the new AAP guidelines, “Brief Resolved Unexplained Events (Formerly Apparent Life-Threatening Events) and Evaluation of Lower-Risk Infants.” July 24, 2017New Service! National Technical Assistance Resource Center on ScreeningThe Screening in Practices Initiative is designed to improve the health, wellness, and life course of children through practice and system-based interventions for early childhood screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental/behavioral concerns, maternal depression, and social determinants of health. One of the major components of the Initiative is the National Technical Assistance Resource Center on Screening (NTARCS), which provides evidence-informed technical assistance and resources to assist practices in implementing effective screening processes. Technical assistance is provided through a toll-free hotline, an online resource center, and forthcoming in-person and web-based trainings. For assistance or to sign up for updates via the NTARCS eNewsletter, email email@example.com.July 24, 2017Updated Fact Sheets Educate Parents on Appropriate Antibiotic UseThe AAP, in conjunction with the Choosing Wisely campaign, has an updated set of fact sheets for parents on appropriate antibiotic use. Written in plain language, and available in English and Spanish, these fact sheets help parents understand how antibiotics work and when – and when not – they should be prescribed to treat childhood illnesses. July 24, 2017New IHI Framework for Improving Joy in WorkBurnout and staff turnover in health care continue to rise at alarming rates. A new white paper, IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work, guides health care organizations in engaging in a participative process to understand “what matters” to colleagues, identify barriers to joy in work, and co-create meaningful strategies to address these issues. The white paper includes four steps leaders can take to improve joy in work; a framework with nine critical components for ensuring a joyful, engaged workforce; key change ideas; and assessment tools.July 24, 2017HealthDay reported the AAP emphasizes the importance of making “the most of each” wellness visit young children make with their pediatrician. Wellness visits, which “include a physical exam as well as developmental, behavioral and learning assessments,” are also a parent’s “opportunity to ask questions” and review a child’s immunizations. July 24, 2017Free Webinar - WIC: Creating Partnerships to Improve Health for Infants and Young Children In recent years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) caseload has been declining and fewer eligible families are coming to WIC. Evidence shows that participation in WIC leads to better health outcomes for mothers, infants and children, but many health care providers need more information to help families access this important resource. This webinar will discuss the four pillars of WIC, the national advertising and outreach campaign, the benefits of participating in WIC, and resources available for health care providers to help identify potentially eligible WIC participants and make referrals. Thursday, August 10 3 PM ETClick here to registerJuly 24, 2017Free Webinar - 2017 AAP HPV Vaccination UpdateThe 2017 HPV Vaccination Update one-hour webinar features a panel of experts in pediatric primary care, infectious diseases, obstetrics and gynecology and ear, nose and throat who cover the latest trends in HPV disease prevalence and prevention. It also covers tools to help office staff with questions about HPV vaccine timing and scheduling, vaccine safety and effectiveness, evidence-based techniques for increasing HPV vaccination rates and answers to commonly asked questions from parents. The webinar informs providers on how to word a strong recommendation, frame the HPV vaccine as cancer-preventing and frame the vaccine as part of the routine adolescent vaccination schedule. Free continuing education credit is available through the Boston University School of Medicine. Click here for more informationJuly 11, 2017New EQIPP Courses on Bright Futures Now Available!EQIPP: Bright Futures—Middle Childhood and Adolescence andBright Futures—Infancy and Early Childhood are designed to help guide physicians on how to interpret and implement the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision, 4th Edition into everyday practice.In these two courses, you will collect and analyze data, identify gaps in care, and create improvement plans to address those gaps. The supporting content in the barriers and suggested ideas for change grid provides practical steps to close gaps and improve the care of patients. These key activities contribute to high-quality, ongoing pediatric care that can improve your delivery of care to patients and families in your practice.AAP members receive EQIPP courses as a valuable member benefit and are eligible for ABP MOC Part 4 credit. Click here to register and for more information.July 11, 2017New PSA - Protecting Children from MosquitosIn a new public service announcement, the AAP offers tips to protect children from mosquitos, which can transmit viruses including Zika, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus and others. In the 30-second PSA, Anita Chandra, MD, FAAP, advises parents to use insect repellant containing DEET in children over age 2, to dress children in long sleeves and pants or to use mosquito netting over a stroller. Parents should also check their window screens and empty any containers of standing water around the house.