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 April 13, 2016The AAP's FamilY Partnerships Network and Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health are hosting this free one hour Webinar entitled, Don't Forget the Dads! The Important Role of Fathers in Child and Family Health. This event will feature 3 expert fathers, who will share a summary of the research on this topic, as well as anecdotal experiences of dads.Friday, May 6th, 2016 - 1:00PM ETClick here for more information and to register.March 29, 2016As part of National Public Health Week (April 4 -10, 2016), the APHA is hosting a number of events. Click here to learn about them and register. March 24, 2016AAP has developed a number of resources to address poverty, including policy statements on poverty and food security. Poverty is in every community. Its toll is felt by families of different backgrounds and ethnicities. Research shows that living in deep and persistent poverty can have detrimental health consequences that are severe and lifelong.To learn more and to take action, visit aap.org/poverty.March 24, 2016In Surveillance and Screening for Social Determinants of Health: The Medical Home and Beyond, the authors (Garg and Dworkin) recommend pediatricians apply the tools and support necessary to exert a greater effect on families’ social circumstances. Detection of adverse social determinants of health should be viewed within the context of an evolving, comprehensive childhood system that ensures that early detection leads to referral and linkage to community-based programs and services. They propose propose a new conceptual framework for addressing social determinants within and beyond the medical home.Click here to access the article.March 24, 2016The CDC provides online resources to help parents learn skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship. Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and PreschoolersPositive Parenting TipsMarch 23, 2016A series of three infographics on pediatric medical home and practice transformation is now available from the AAP, along with many other medical home resources. Targeted towards pediatric health care professionals, the infographics raise awareness of how children are unique; rapid changes in pediatric practice taking place at the patient and family, practice, and community levels; and actions pediatricians and other child health professionals can take to advocate for children while responding to changes in practice. Download your copy of the three new infographics.March 23, 2016Futures Without Violence and AAP are offering a national eLearning module series entitled, Addressing the Bigger Picture in Pediatric Settings: Adverse Childhood Experiences. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are leading social determinants of health and well-being across the lifespan. This module describes predictable effects of ACEs on children's physical, mental, and behaviorial health. Strategies for trauma-informed approach in the pediatric setting are described.Click here to access the online course.March 22, 2016Check out some new resources on AAP's Children's Oral Health Web site:- Oral Health and Poverty: Addressing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Pediatric Dental Caries Webinar (slide set)- Smiles for Life (SFL) launched the Oral Health App designed to assist health care providers to formulate real-time diagnoses for oral conditions. This App also includes an interactive version of the AAP caries risk-assessment tool and an extensive photo gallery of tooth and oral soft tissue findings.- First Tooth produced a video to show how fluoride varnish can be done in the pediatrics office. There is also a complementary video for parents that explains why young children need their teeth brushed with fluoride toothpaste and shows parents practical skills to accomplish this goal. March 22, 2016AAP Pediatric Coding WebinarBright Futures is the gold standard for pediatric preventive medicine services and is now part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is extremely important to understand how to code for each of the separately provided preventive medicine services as well as services provided on the same day that may be unrelated to the preventive medicine service. THIS WEBINAR WILL:Provide an overview of the Bright Futures recommended preventive medicine services.Review new and revised CPT codes for preventive services in 2016.Explain all of the separately reportable preventive medicine services done in addition to the examination, including ageappropriate screenings.Detail when it is appropriate and medically necessary to report a "sick" encounter in addition to a preventive medicine service.Explain how to report non-preventive procedures done on the same day as a preventive medicine service.Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 1PM ETClick here for more information and to register.March 21, 2016A CDC Autism Case Training is an AAP-endorsed curriculum that provides real-life scenarios to improve early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders. The training modules help with identification, diagnosis and management of patients with autism spectrum disorders. Click here to access a free CME and MOC Part 2 version of the training.March 20, 2016Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) has been updatedChanges to Vision Screening (October 2015)The routine screening at age 18 has been changed to a Risk Assessment (see footnote #7)Changes to Oral Health (May 2015) Under the Oral Health heading, a subheading was added for fluoride varnish. The range includes ages 6 months to 5 years (up to the 6th birthday). This update reflects recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and AAP clinical report. Click here for the related AAP News article.The Periodicity Schedule is maintained online for continual updates as policies change.March 20, 2016The NIHCM Foundation and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs provided an archived recording from their Webinar entitled, Improving Continuity of Coverage and Care for Pregnant & Postpartum Women. This Webinar explored strategies to help pregnant and postpartum women navigate coverage options post-ACA, limit gaps in coverage and improve continuity of care.Click here to access the Webinar.March 18, 2016The Preventive Services Improvement State Spread (PreSIPS2) project has been launched to enhance Bright Futures implementation at family, practice, community, and state levels. This project builds from the lessons learned from the original PreSIP, a successful 9-month modified learning collaborative conducted within the AAP Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuIIN). PreSIPS2 is a partnership between the AAP National organization and AAP chapters. With AAP National support, 4 outstanding Chapters were selected to take part in this groundbreaking project: Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia. The 4 Chapters will participate in a 17-month quality improvement (QI) state-based modified learning collaborative to include learning sessions and monthly conference calls. Each Chapter Leadership Team will assemble a Chapter-State Partnership Team comprised of additional state Maternal and Child Health (MCH) stakeholders. To amplify Bright Futures spread at the practice level, Chapters will enroll 10-15 practices to promote Bright Futures clinical activities and office systems change at the practice level. To further strengthen outreach within each state, the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET) will work with their Chapter to identify at least one residency clinic per state to join the project. The AAP national team will assist by offering QI mentoring, state liaison support, and Bright Futures resources. January 1, 2016Putting Bright Futures to Work: Implementing Preventive Care Guidelines in Adolescence and Young Adulthood. This presentation was recorded and can be found in the archived section of the School-Based Health Alliance Web site at sbh4all.org/events/putting-the-bright-futures-preventative-care-recommendations-to-work/. Along with the presentation recording, you can download the PDF file of the entire slide deck. If you have any additional questions, please contact email@example.com.December 21, 2015The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides a number of options to meet Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements, as defined by the American Board of Pediatrics. The AAP provides various activities approved for MOC Part 2 and Part 4 credits, and can help AAP groups develop MOC activities through the AAP MOC Portfolio Program. For more information about AAP activities to support members’ MOC needs, visit the AAP MOC Web page.