New Bright Futures Web Site is Launched
- The new Web site has been completely redesigned to provide easier access to clinical tools and tip sheets, and includes new resources for families, states and community health programs. The new Web site features a media center to house both audio and video files related to different aspects of Bright Futures. There is strong emphasis on implementation strategies and stories from practices, states, and communities that use Bright Futures. If you have a story to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are new to the Bright Futures Guidelines, watch this 2-minute About Bright Futures video to get started using the Bright Futures recommendations in your health promotion and disease prevention practices and with programs and families in your community.
- The About Bright Futures video was selected for presentation during the American Public Health Association's Global Public Health Film Festival. In addition, this animated video was awarded a Videographer Award of Excellence for Creativity by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Out of 1,300 entries, this video was "judged to be deserving of industry-wide recognition." The Award of Excellence is their highest award, given to projects deemed written, produced, shot, and edited in an exceptional manner.
- Consider using the video in presentations about Bright Futures. Share the link with colleagues in various settings in which Bright Futures is being used (eg, home visiting, child care, school-based health centers, public health settings, etc.).
Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule: Updates
New Pediatric Preventive Coding Resources Now Available
Bright Futures and Quality Improvement
- The 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 AAP's 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.
- An article by Paula Duncan, Amy Pirretti, Marian Earls, et al. titled, Improving Delivery of Bright Futures Preventive Services at the 9- and 24-Month Well Child Visit was published in the January 2015 edition of Pediatrics. The article answers the key question: can Bright Futures actually be done in a real life busy practice? The answer is Yes.
- The Bright Futures Education in Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practice (EQIPP) courses are undergoing a revision. Along with an instructional designer, the subject matter experts are revising the content that will be built into two unique courses based on age: 1) Infancy & Early Childhood, and 2) Middle Childhood & Adolescence.
Bright Futures-related Publications & Webinars
- On August 24th, 2015, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation co-hosted a Webinar entitled, Ensuring Bright Futures for Our Nation's Children: Health Plan Strategies for Improving Pediatric Preventive Care. This Webinar was an activity under a grant from the MCHB's Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) initiative to promote Bright Futures for all children. This Webinar explored private and public health plan strategies to improve parental education on preventive care, and supporting and encouraging providers to ensure their patients receive recommended preventive services.
- AAP’s Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Council on Early Childhood, and Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics published a new clinical report titled, “Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems.” This clinical report focuses on the need to increase behavioral screening, offers potential changes in practice and the health system, and reviews the research needed to accomplish these goals. The report also provides pediatricians a clear road map to execute recommended behavioral and emotional screening in practice.
- A Pediatrics article titled, “Timing of Initial Well-Child Visit and Readmissions of Newborns” supports adherence to the AAP Bright Futures Guidelines for within a few days of discharge from a well-baby nursery. The authors found knowledge of the relationship between early well child visits and hospital readmissions may inform newborn health policy interventions.
- Paving the Road to Good Health: Strategies for Increasing Medicaid Adolescent Well-Care Visits, developed by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, is a guide that highlights several strategies designed to advance gains in access to and utilization of adolescent preventive health care. The first strategy listed is to “adopt current Bright Futures guidelines for adolescents.” The second strategy recommends Bright Futures related materials as primary resources for clinicians and parents.
Parent/Caregiver Focused Resources
- The Head Start National Center on Health developed a set of 8 parent tip-sheets/cards adapted from Bright Futures Guidelines. These tip-sheets/cards inform parents on what to expect from their caregiver starting at 2 months through 4 years. The tip-sheets also include questions parents can ask their health care provider. They are divided into developmental stages and designed to help families to promote the health and well-being of their children, with information on what to expect in group care, including topics such as social development, safety, eating and physical activity.
- Health Education Materials for Parents and Child Care Providers. These plain language health education resources (including: lead awareness, home safety and injury prevention, and mental health) can be shared with both parents and providers. The content is useful information and basic tips that parents and providers can easily understand.
- The Strategies to Support and Encourage Healthy Active Living course is an online, interactive self-study course for Head Start and Early Head Start staff. It focuses on healthy, active living for children and families. It encourages building skills to effectively communicate and engage with families around creating and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
- Books Build Connections Toolkit is a designed to promote healthy parent-child bonding and early learning by ensuring that pediatricians, parents and caregivers have the information, tools and books they need to promote early literacy and brain development. This is a collaborative partnership between the AAP and Too Small to Fail (a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation).
- CDC's "Learn the Signs, Act Early" program focuses on early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Main components: health education campaign, Act Early initiative, and research and evaluation. Early intervention allows children and families access the services and support they need as early as possible.