We are pleased to announce the April 2021 installment of Bright Futures eNews.
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Bright Futures Highlights
2021 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule is Now Available
The 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, also known as the Periodicity Schedule, was published in the March 2021 issue of Pediatrics. The Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule is updated annually. Be sure to check the date in the top right corner to ensure that you are referencing the most updated version. Here is a summary of the changes to the 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hepatitis C Virus Infection
- Screening for hepatitis C virus infection has been added to occur at least once between the ages of 18 and 79 years (to be consistent with recommendations of the USPSTF and CDC).
- Footnote 31 has been added to read as follows: “All individuals should be screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection according to the USPSTF (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/hepatitis-c-screening) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/rr/rr6902a1.htm) at least once between the ages of 18 and 79. Those at increased risk of HCV infection, including those who are persons with past or current injection drug use, should be tested for HCV infection and reassessed annually.”
- Footnotes 31 through 35 have been renumbered as footnotes 32 through 36.
If you have questions about the 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule or would like to receive a few hard copies to share with your clinics, colleagues, students, or families, contact us at BrightFutures@aap.org.
2021 Coding for Pediatric Preventive Care Booklet is Available
In addition to the 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule, the Coding for Pediatric Preventive Care booklet has been revised and is available for download. This complementary resource contains comprehensive listings of codes and services that coincide with the 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule.
New Blog Story | Screen to Intervene
AMCHP (Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs) has created a blog called #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs: Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Blog. The #ScreenToInterveneForAYA is a space for state Title V maternal and child health professionals and their partners to learn about efforts to build better preventive care systems for optimal adolescent and young adult wellbeing across the country. The latest episode of #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog is up and ready to be viewed. In this month’s post, they feature reflections from Katherine Lewton, a high school student in Vermont, on what it’s been like to be a young person during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Coffee Talk | State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC)
AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) will host a series of 4 coffee talks every Wednesday in April. Each coffee talk will feature guest speakers and have dedicated time for questions & answers with autistic individuals. The coffee talk series will cover a variety of topics across the lifespan related to autism including:
During Autism Acceptance Month, AMCHP will focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people and hope that these activities will be valuable additions to Autism Acceptance Month. For the most up-to-date information on SPHARC Autism Acceptance Month activities, please visit: http://bit.ly/AMCHPacceptance.
- Reaching Families Through Telemedicine
- Disability, Gender, and Race
- Employment & Transition
- Celebrating Neurodiversity
Reminder | Bright Futures Parent and Patient Education
The Families page on the Bright Futures website contains valuable resources for children, teens, and families about well-child visits. The Parent and Patient Education page includes easy-to-access, web-based education for caregivers and patients related to each well-child visit from birth through age 21. The guidance is organized by age and stage: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescence, and is available in both English and Spanish.
Reminder | Bright Futures Pediatric Residency Resource Library
Residents & Trainees – Browse the new Pediatric Residency Resource Library for easy-to-find information, tools, and resources related to clinical care, education, and general topics to help stay up to date and strengthen your practice. We will continue to refresh and revise the library - so continue to check it out!
Faculty – please share with your students!
Click here to access the Pediatric Residency Resource Library.
Questions? Contact Us!
Would you like more information about Bright Futures materials and resources? Contact us at BrightFutures@aap.org or 630/626-6783.
New PediaLink Course: Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity
Structural racism, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility are all concepts taking center stage in the medical community as we strive to end racism and improve health equity. Based on the Pediatrics for the 21st Century (Peds 21) program at the 2020 AAP National Conference, Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity is a series of educational videos that explores what these concepts mean for pediatric health care professionals in practices, institutions, and communities, and how to advance child health equity by applying an anti-racist lens to the systems shaping health and medicine. By the end of the series, you will be ready, able, and inspired to help address the inequities that contribute to health disparities, create the conditions we know support healthier children and families, and ensure all children and adolescents have a fair chance at a healthy future. This online video series is eligible for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 credit. There is no cost associated with the course. The course can be found here.
Screen & Intervene: A Toolkit for Pediatricians to Address Food Insecurity
The AAP and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have released an updated toolkit, Screen & Intervene: A Toolkit for Pediatricians to Address Food Insecurity, designed to help pediatric health care professionals identify and address childhood food insecurity. The toolkit provides specific information so that pediatric health care professionals can:
- screen patients for food insecurity using the Hunger Vital Sign™, a simple, two-question tool to better identify children living in households struggling with food insecurity.
- sensitively address the topic,
- connect patients and their families to federal nutrition programs and community resources, and
- advocate for greater food security and improved overall health of children and their families.
The toolkit was made possible by support from the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. Also, check out Dr. Kimberly Montez's, one of the toolkit authors, blog post, Recognizing and Addressing Food Insecurity Among Families. Please direct all questions to email@example.com.
AAP Response to COVID-19
The AAP continues to provide necessary support to pediatric health care professionals, patients, and families during this unprecedented public health crisis. The AAP provides streamlined, accurate, and up-to-date information to its members and the public.
For information and guidance for health care professionals regarding COVID-19, click here.
For families, visit HealthyChildren.org.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: AAP Resources
Friday, April 2 was World Autism Awareness Day; April also marks Autism Awareness Month. The AAP recommends that all children be screened for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at their 18- and 24-month well-child visits, along with regular developmental surveillance. Pediatric health care professionals play a critical role in identifying, diagnosing, and managing ASD in children and providing support for their families. In recognition of April being Autism Awareness Month, below are some AAP resources.
The AAP published an update to its ASD guidance that includes discussion of diagnosis, early intervention, genetics, co-occurring medical conditions and lifespan issues. Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder is available at https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/145/1/e20193447.
Autism Initiatives Page
The AAP has ASD tools and resources available for pediatric health care professionals and families on the Autism Initiatives webpage.
HealthyChildren.org Autism Page
For family resources, visit the Autism webpage.
This free PediaLink course, Identifying and Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Course for Pediatric Clinicians, educates pediatric health care professionals about evidence-based practices in caring for children with ASD. Learners may complete all units or select specific units they would like to complete based on their needs, capacity, and professional interests. Units within the course are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 points. Available from 02/04/2020 to 04/19/2023.
National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home
Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum: Second EditionThe National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC PFCMH) and the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance launched the Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Grounded in AAP policy, the curriculum is designed to build capacity among diverse stakeholders and provide tools to measure care coordination activities and support continuous quality improvement efforts. The curriculum can be used for all populations of children, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more information visit the NRC PFCMH website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The Screening Technical Assistance & Resource (STAR) Center|
The STAR Center offers free technical assistance to pediatric health care professionals seeking to improve early childhood screening, referral, and follow-up in their practice or health care system. Whether you are just getting started or are looking to enhance your current process, our staff and advisors are available to answer questions and provide guidance. Don’t forget to visit the STAR Center website to subscribe to receive the eNewsletter or you can listen to the latest episode of the Pediatric CARE: Childhood, Adversity and Resiliency Education podcast on iTunes or Sound Cloud.
AAP E-Cigarette and Vaping Curriculum
This new curriculum describes clinical and community strategies to address youth e-cigarette prevention and cessation, based on current evidence and best practices.
#CallYourPediatrician: Campaign Update
As part of the #CallYourPediatrician campaign, a new AAP public service announcement (PSA) was launched on April 6th. Watch and share the PSA (Spanish version) with your colleagues, patients, and families. The news release, fact sheet, and infographics are customizable.
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
This toolkit includes graphics and resources to share on social media to prevent ACEs by helping families and caregivers create positive childhood experiences. For many families, sad or tragic events happen that are unpredictable; these events can affect how a child feels and behaves. Stable, nurturing relationships with caring adults can buffer children from some of this harm. Find the toolkit here.
A new communications toolkit of telehealth resources is now available on AAP.org. Download graphics and videos and link to HealthyChildren.org articles to help families and caregivers understand the basics of a telehealth appointment and how to get ready for one. One HealthyChildren.org article discusses how telehealth can enhance mental health care. Share these tools on your website, email, and social media to let families and caregivers know telehealth is an option in your clinical setting. Find the toolkit here.
Recording Available: Virtual Office Hour – Considerations for Safety and Suicidality in a Telehealth Environment
Listen in as pediatrician and addiction medicine specialist Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP and child and adolescent psychiatrist Elise Fallucco, MD, DFAACAP discuss important considerations for safety and suicidality in a telehealth environment. Dr Gonzalez and Dr Fallucco shared practical strategies that pediatric health care professionals can use to evaluate patient confidentiality, assess suicide risk, and connect patients and families to resources via telehealth. A brief Q&A session follows the discussion. Click here to access the recording.
Technical Assistance Available from the AAP Distant Care Project
As part of the “Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care” project, the AAP is offering free assistance to pediatric health professionals on the following topics:
- Implementation of telehealth and distant care services in pediatric practice
- Implementation of telehealth and teleconsultation for behavioral/mental health services
- Use of telehealth to support adolescent health promotion
- Use of telehealth for children and youth with special health care needs, including those with autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disabilities, and medical complexities
- Use of telehealth in pediatric practices serving rural and underserved communities
Technical assistance services can include connection to tools and resources and subject matter experts. Email email@example.com for assistance requests. Please note: the AAP does not endorse or support the use of any specific telehealth technology and does not provide technical assistance on the use of any one specific telehealth technology.
These resources are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,000,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
AAP Spotlight: Development Surveillance and Screening
Developmental Surveillance and Screening Patient Care Page on AAP.org
The AAP is pleased to launch a new webpage focused on developmental surveillance and screening. The webpage is grounded in recommendations from the recently published AAP clinical report, Promoting Optimal Development: Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disabilities Through Developmental Surveillance and Screening. The page features relevant AAP policy as well as key information about developmental surveillance and screening for pediatric health care professionals. The page also links to ongoing AAP efforts and resources related to developmental surveillance and screening, including the Screening Technical Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center, the Bright Futures National Center, and tools/resources developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.
About the AAP Bright Futures National Center
Inclusion in this publication does not imply an endorsement by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP is not responsible for the content of these resources. Website addresses are as current as possible but may change at any time.
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $5,000,000, with 10 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.Contact BrightFutures@aap.org for more information.
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