Young Investigators Preventive Services Research

​​​​​​The Bright Futures Young Investigator Award (YIA) Program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in cooperation with AAP and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). It funds projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and evidence base for health supervision in primary care, consistent with the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children, and Adolescent.

Young Investigators are defined as (1) faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training, (2) fellows, or (3) residents.

Possible projects might include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting studies that examine effectiveness of health supervision.
  • Translating available science to practice for preventive services.
  • Promoting effective preventive service delivery.

For the past 8​​​​​​​​ years, the program has made awards up to $15,000 per selected project. Initial proposals are generally due in early October and full proposals are due in December. Awards are generally made with the condition that work begins by March of the following year and is completed within 1 year. Awardees are encouraged to submit abstracts to a Pediatric Academic Society meeting and to submit results to the APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, for possible publication. Visit Bright Futures Young Investigator Award Program for more information about applicant requirements and deadlines to apply for an award.

The 2017 YIA Awardees and their projects are: 

Tania Maria Caballero, MD 
Maternal Contraception Use & Assessment of Family Planning Clinic Websites in Latina Mothers of Young Children 
Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 

Anne Fuller, MD
Material Hardship in Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs 
Institution: Montefiore

Rachel Herbst, PhD
Impact of a Behavioral Health Resident Education Curriculum on Physician Communication and Parental Behavior 
Institution: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center  

Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP​ 
Parent eReferral to Tobacco Quitline in Pediatric Primary Care
Institution: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH
Exploring Asian Parents’ Perceptions about Well-Child Visits: Attitudes, Social Influences, and Perceived Control 
Institution: Boston Medical Center

Kate Wallis, MD, MPH 
Doctor-Patient Communication in Primary Care: Talking about Developmental Concerns 
Institution: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
​​Publications by former Young Investigator Awardees:
  • Deepa Sekhar, MD, recently published a paper based on her Bright Futures YIA project. The paper, Pilot Study of a High-frequency School-based Hearing Screen to Detect Adolescent Hearing Loss (Deepa L Sekhar, Thomas R Zalewski, Soha N Ghossaini, Tonya S King, Julie A Rhoades, Beth Czarnecki, Shannon Grounds, Barry Deese, Ashley L Barr and Ian M Paul) was published in the Journal of Medical Screening.
  • William Heerman, MD, received a 2013 APA Trainee Research Award based on his Bright Futures YIA project titled The Interaction between Maternal Pre-Pregnancy BMI and Excess Gestational Weight Gain Shapes Infant Growth.