Bright Futures Highlights
New! Article: How Well-Child Visits Can Advance Health Equity:Opportunities from Bright Futures Guidelines and Tools
An article was published in the May/June 2019 Edition of the AMCHP Pulse that highlights the ways in which Bright Futures Guidelines and related resources can be used to address Health Equity during the well-child visit. To access the full article, click here.
New! Resource: Bright Futures Implementation Tip Sheets
The new and updated tip sheets offer practical advice to help you integrate the Bright Futures approach, tools, and resources into your daily practice. Topics include:
- Implementation in Clinical Practice
- Integrating Adolescent Health Screening into Health Supervision Visits
- Promoting Healthy and Safe Use of Social Media
- ...and more!
Be sure to check out our brand-new tip sheet for families - The Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to Expect. Tips are written in plain language for parents of children and teens of all ages to help prepare them for their well-child visit.
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AAP Releases Policy Statement on Racism
The AAP released a new policy statement in late July, titled "The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health". In the statement, the AAP provides information about the ways in which racism can impact the health of children. The statement also offers practical strategies for pediatricians to reduce the effects of racism in practice and in their communities.
National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness
The National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) works to provide valuable information and resources to health professionals working with Head Start and child care programs throughout the United States.
The NCECHW offers some great resources related to health and school readiness - just in time for back-to-school! Some examples include:
- Tip Sheet: Healthy Children are Ready to Learn - This tip sheet emphasizes that school readiness begins with health, and highlights the many ways in which families, school staff, and child care providers can support healthy development in children.
- Tip Sheet: When Health Affects Assessment -This tip sheet provides important information about how a child's health can affect performance on assessments, and how to improve school readiness.
AAP Technical Report: School Readiness
The AAP published a new technical report in the August 2019 edition of Pediatrics, titled "School Readiness". The report, which is reflective of the 2016 policy statement "The Pediatrician's Role in Optimizing School Readiness", highlights emerging research related to school readiness and health outcomes, and provides pediatricians with strategies to address disparities in school readiness.
Council on School Health
The AAP Council on School Health (COSH) is made up of around 450 members from various disciplines, working together to maximize health and academic achievement in children and adolescents.
The COSH works to provide advocacy, education, and policy to achieve their mission. Current initiatives include:
- Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention
- Improving Chronic Condition Management in Schools
- Traumatic Brain Injury
State Spotlight: Wisconsin
How Wisconsin is Putting Bright Futures to Work
The primary care division of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has adapted the Bright Futures Guidelines as the standard of care, with the goal of improving services to all children and families that they serve. A Preventive Services Core Team - a multidisciplinary team composed of managers, pediatricians, nurses, and support staff - was tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Bright Futures Guidelines in practice. The group works to ensure that all children receive high-quality care.
In 2017, this Core Team focused on raising the completion rates for developmental screening. Upon identifying barriers to documentation of screening, a more efficient flow sheet was created in the electronic medical system, with an easier way to record information. As a result, documentation of screening results during well-child results increased over time.
The Core Team continues to engage in quality improvement, working to ensure that the entire population of children who are patients in the primary care division receive high-quality care.
To learn more about how Wisconsin is implementing Bright Futures, click here!
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In Other News...
New Promising Practice and Podcast! Multidisciplinary Care Coordination Training for Children with Medical Complexity: The Arizona Experience
Developed as part of the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Initiative, this profile describes how a pediatric medical center and state Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Title V/Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program in Arizona collaborated to implement care coordination for children with medical complexity and their families. A pre-recorded, audio only podcast includes a conversation with leaders from the Arizona experience regarding multidisciplinary care coordination training for children with medical complexity (CMC). State MCH Title V/CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families, and other pediatric stakeholders can learn practical, replicable strategies about care coordination implementation.
Educational Opportunity - Webinar: Early Childhood Education - Partnering Up to Amplify Impact
Thursday, August 29, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm ET
High-quality early childhood education (ECE) has a positive impact on lifelong health. Research suggests that children who receive high-quality ECE are more likely to stay in school longer and earn more income as adults. This webinar, presented by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, will explore the following:
- Evidence demonstrating the impact of high-quality early childhood education on health outcomes
- State challenges and proposed solutions for managing and funding early childhood programs
- Public-private partnerships supporting and amplifying early childhood initiatives
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