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 September 26, 2016The Act Early Forum is hosting a free Webinar, "Cultural Competency in Developmental Monitoring." The Minnesota Act Early Team and MN Department of Health will present on their "Minnesota Act Early Delegate Project". The MN Act Early Delegate Project developed a network of parent community leaders in diverse communities to engage families around the importance of regular parent developmental monitoring, early developmental screening, and early identification of developmental delays and disabilities using "Learn the Signs. Act Early." materials. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:00 PM ETClick here to register.September 26, 2016AAP's Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy FutureFrom poverty to education, the AAP has created a roadmap designed to guide the next U.S. president on issues that will impact children’s health and well-being. The AAP blueprint, endorsed by 10 additional health and medical organizations, lays out policy recommendations with four themes — promoting healthy children, supporting secure families, building strong communities and ensuring the U.S. is a leading nation for children.Click here to watch a short video and learn more.September 26, 2016National Injury Prevention Month - Week 4The final week of this health observance focuses on safety for active kids to promote safety in sports. Read this AAP News Parent Plus article on overuse injuries and visit healthychildren.org to learn about other sports-related injuries/tips.September 26, 2016Pregnancy & Oral Health in the ACA Era: How Are Expectant Moms Faring? WebinarCo-hosted by NIHCM and AMCHP, this Webinar will explore ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the following:- The impact of the ACA on dental insurance options during pregnancy, such as coverage through Medicaid and the ACA’s marketplaces- Strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care- Efforts to educate pregnant women about the importance of dental care and connect them to servicesTuesday, September 27, 2016 1:30 PM ETClick here to learn more.September 25, 2016Congressional Briefing on ResilienceOn September 21st, the AAP Immediate Past President Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, spoke at a congressional briefing on the child health impact of toxic stress. Hosted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the briefing examined the science of toxic stress and the importance of policies to promote family resilience.Click here to learn more.September 25, 201617th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult‐based CareThe Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference on Transition focuses on the latest information and strategies to improve health care transition. Consider making your plans to attend the conference on October 27-28th at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. View the full conference brochure for the complete agenda, faculty, credit designation information, and registration information.September 23, 2016NIHCM Webinar - Pregnancy & Oral Health in the ACA Era: How Are Expectant Moms Faring?This Webinar will explore ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the following:- The impact of the ACA on dental insurance options during pregnancy, such as coverage through Medicaid and the ACA’s marketplaces- Strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care- Efforts to educate pregnant women about the importance of dental care and connect them to servicesTuesday, September 27, 2016 1:30 - 3:00 ETClick here to registerSeptember 16, 2016Tobacco Cessation Clinical Practice Training The AAP Richmond Center is seeking applications for a clinical training course held on November 11 & 12 that will teach clinicians to screen and counsel families about tobacco cessation and secondhand smoke exposure. Clinicians will be taught how to effectively integrate these strategies into practice.For more information and to complete the application, visit the AAP Richmond Center.September 16, 2016Updated AAP Family Readiness KitSeptember is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies and disasters. The AAP recently developed and released an updated AAP Family Readiness Kit. The purpose is to assist families to get disaster-ready. Consider sharing this kit during routine office visits as a way to encourage families in planning for emergencies. The AAP Family Readiness Kit can be found here. September 16, 2016What’s the Latest with the Flu?The AAP policy “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2016-2017” offers updated recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. Important details are highlighted in the AAP News articles “Intranasal Flu MISSED its Target” and “AAP Updates Recommendations for Flu Vaccine in Children”. In addition, review the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices” for more information. All What’s the Latest with the Flu messages will be archived here.September 1, 2016Adolescent Immunizations: Strongly Recommending the HPV Vaccine - Free CourseThis PediaLink course discusses office strategies for strongly recommending the HPV vaccine and offers information to help pediatricians address their patients’ concerns about the vaccine.By the end of this course, participants will be able to:- Employ communication strategies to aid parents in making a decision to vaccinate their adolescents against HPV.- Answer FAQs about HPV vaccination with accurate, succinct, and compelling responses.- Explain the critical role of communication between parents and everyone in your practice in increasing the likelihood of the patient’s full protection with HPV vaccination.Click here to register.September 1, 2016Emerging Health Care LandscapeExamining the social determinants of health and addressing housing, education and community infrastructure are key to improving population health, experts said at the annual health forum at Duke University, moderated by AAP CEO/Executive Director Dr. Karen Remley. Christopher Koller (president of the Millbank Memorial Fund) suggested reallocating health care resources to focus on primary care and increasing collaboration among health care providers to help improve the system.August 30, 2016Video Series - Implement Mental Health Priorities in Practice Engaging families to uncover and clarify mental health needs requires skill and practice. Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families features six videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters, can help physicians start these discussions. The videos encompass the most difficult conversation areas in the area of mental health, including depression, disruptive behavior, inattention/impulsivity, social-emotional health, substance use and suicide/self-harm.August 30, 2016Hurricane Season - Family ResourceDisasters can be particularly difficult for families with children and youth who have special needs. During hurricane season, begin the conversations with families about potential disasters in their area. Share the new AAP/Family Voices handout. Also, follow the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator on Twitter for the latest information and resources during hurricane season.August 30, 2016Fluoride Varish - ReminderThe AAP, as well as the United States Preventive Services Task Force, recommends that all children, from tooth eruption through age 5, receive fluoride varnish applications to prevent decay. To learn more about this recommendation read the AAP Clinical Report or visit the AAP Oral Health Web site.