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 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 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 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 November 29, 2017AAP STAR Center Offers an Interactive Online Course on Early Childhood ScreeningThe AAP Screening Technical Assistance & Resource (STAR) Center was created to help practices support long-term child health and development through early childhood screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental concerns, maternal depression, and social determinants of health. “Screening Time: Tuning In to the Needs of Families” is a scenario-based training that will guide you in creating a screening workflow that fits your office. This course provides opportunities to practice talking to families about screening results through conversation simulations. This course has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and MOC Part 2 credit. For more information and to access the course, go to screeningtime.org.November 28, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.November 28, 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, 2017October 26, 2017New CDC Milestone Tracker App Milestones matter! Encourage parents to track their child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker app. Interactive checklists with photos and videos make tracking milestones easy and fun. The app generates a personalized summary to help you perform developmental surveillance as recommended by the AAP, offers parents tips for developmental promotion, and information about what to do if there’s a developmental concern. Visit cdc.gov/MilestoneTracker to print a free poster about the app to hang in your exam room!October 25, 2017CMSS Patient and Family Engagement SummitJoin physicians, health care professionals, health system leaders, and families on November 16 in Arlington, VA for a one-day Patient and Family Engagement Summit hosted by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). During this interactive summit, clinicians, patients and patient advocates will work collaboratively to co-design and develop programs to improve the way care is delivered. Topics to be addressed at the summit include the following: shared decision-making, cultural competency, patient-centered outcomes, point of care tools, and best practices in developing care plans. For additional information and to register, visit the CMSS Website.October 24, 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.October 24, 2017Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens About Performance EnhancementThe 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.October 23, 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.October 23, 2017Sesame Street in Communities Sesame Street in Communities has activities to keep kids and grown-ups growing smarter, stronger, and kinder all summer long.October 22, 2017The Campaign for Dental Health has created four shareable images/short videos in English and Spanish. Images include messages about oral health and pregnancy, early childhood oral health, adolescent oral health, and pediatricians and oral health. PDF versions are also available for download and reproduction for educational purposes. Email email@example.com for more information.October 22, 2017The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, develops state profiles highlighting public health programs that advance the medical home model in pediatric populations. The newest program featured is the STAR Kids Medicaid managed care program in Texas. STAR Kids facilitates care integrations and care management through the use of comprehensive care plans and service coordinators for children and youth with special health care needs. The NCMHI provides free technical assistance and support to pediatric clinicians, practices, Title V programs and other state-based organizations, families, community members, and others interested in implementing high quality primary care for children and youth. All TA requests are answered within one business day.October 22, 2017New PSA - Protecting Children from MosquitosIn a 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.October 10, 2017Family Engagement Quality Improvement: A "How-To" Implementation Toolkit The National Center for Medical Home Implementation conducted a nation-wide family engagement quality improvement project to enhance family engagement in the pediatric medical home. This Web-based toolkit provides tools and resources needed for implementing family engagement quality improvement projects in clinical practice or through multi-site learning collaboratives. Examples of resources included within this toolkit are Institutional Review Board applications, quality improvement change package, data collection instruments, and lessons learned tip sheet. Implementation of this project can also be used for Maintenance of Certification credits. All resources are customizable and free to download.October 2, 2017Celebrate National Child Health Day!Join Bright Futures in celebrating National Child Health Day, the first Monday in October, by joining with American Academy of Pediatrics and Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, to raise awareness about the importance of children’s health and the great work you currently do within the MCH community. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #ChildHealthDay. Discover how others are changing the lives of children on National Child Health Day. View the contents of the recently released Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, 4th Edition, the companion 4th Edition Pocket Guide and latest Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity Schedule - essential resources to support your efforts of improving the well-being of our children. October 1, 2017What's the Latest with the Flu - October 2017The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2017-2018” offers updated recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. For additional information, refer to the updated Vaccine Status Table and Influenza Resource Page within Red Book Online, which have been updated to reflect the 2017-2018 influenza policy statement. Also see the recent AAP News article for an overview of these expanded recommendations.