We are pleased to announce the April 2022 installment of Bright Futures eNews.
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Bright Futures Highlights
New Resource | Bright Futures Mini Training Modules
The Bright Futures National Center introduces new, ready-to-use Bright Futures Mini Training Modules for pediatric residents, trainees, and any pediatric health care professionals interested in a refresher. These modules are intended to meet the needs of busy pediatric residents and trainees to be used anywhere and anytime. This series of free, asynchronous modules review clinical topics utilizing Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition content, Bright Futures Tool & Resource Kit, 2nd Edition forms and handouts, and additional resources. The modules include a PowerPoint presentation, script, and highlighted resources. Browse the series of Bright Futures Mini Training Modules (average time: 15-30 minutes per module) and check back for new topics!
Topics currently available are:
- Promoting Developmentally Appropriate Toilet Training
- Promoting Oral Health
- Agenda Setting in the Clinic
Note: The modules are for learning purposes only and are NOT approved for continuing education credit.
New Resource | Adolescent Mental Health Concerns Tip Sheet
In partnership with the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), the Bright Futures National Center collaborated on the Applying Principles of a Shared Plan of Care for Adolescents Living with Mental Health Concerns tip sheet which applies 10 Shared Plan of Care (SPoC) principles to the Bright Futures health supervision visits. These principles form bridges between pediatric primary care and behavioral health care with a focus on adolescent social/emotional well-being. Each SPoC principle features relevant considerations, resources, and tools.
New Opportunity | AAP Systems of Care for Healthy Mental Developmental ECHO
The AAP is recruiting primary care practices, AAP members, behavioral/mental health providers, public health officials, Title V/CSHCN directors or staff, and other collaborators to join a 3-month learning collaborative aimed to build capacity for systems of care to support healthy mental development for pediatric patients and their families. The program will increase participants’ knowledge and self-efficacy around identification, assessment, and management of disruptions to healthy mental development. Practices will engage in the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model™, a telementoring platform that leverages video conference technology to connect subject matter experts with primary care teams in local communities, fostering an “all teach, all learn” approach. Click on the flyer for more information.
Contact Kristin Conrad, ECHO Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Reminder | Pedialink Course Bight Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages
The Bright Futures National Center offers this free PediaLink course. The course is free to the public, including non-AAP members. Learners who will only be required to create an AAP login (if they don’t already) to obtain access to the course. Some highlights:
- Provides residents, nurse trainees, and other pediatric health care professionals the knowledge and skills to provide developmentally appropriate parental support and advice.
- Pediatric health care professionals play a vital role in reinforcing parenting skills by modeling parenting skills during a health supervision visit.
- Teaching and reinforcing parenting skills during the course of a health supervision visit can be useful to address common behavioral concerns and ameliorate parental stress.
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 Resource | Healthy Beverage Quick Reference Guide
The AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW) designed this reference tool to compile the various policy and clinical recommendations into an easy-to-use guide that spotlights the age-specific AAP healthy beverage recommendations for infants, toddlers, children and adolescents. Recommendations are categorized by age groups and beverage type (with easy to identify icons) for ease of use.
New Podcast Episodes | IHCW Conversations About Care Podcast
The Conversations About Care podcast series, created in partnership with Bright Futures, features pragmatic and lively conversations between health care professionals focuses on providing quality patient-centered care within the changing landscape of medicine and social norms. New episodes include topics from obesity care during the pandemic to addressing weight bias and stigma.
New Resources | Developmental Screening
The AAP, with support from the CDC, offers resources for developmental surveillance and screening. The resources can be a help with challenges that were identified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find them here:
This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $200,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. © 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC/HHS, or the US Government.
New Webinar | Implementing Equitable Care Coordination
The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH), in partnership with the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance (NCCCTA) and Family Voices of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Title V, will host a free webinar on the role of care coordination in supporting equitable care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. This 60-minute webinar will feature faculty from Family Voices of Wisconsin and Title V who will share practice strategies used to build a sustainable care coordination system for CYSHCN and their families in their state. Faculty from the NCCCTA will highlight care coordination tools and resources for implementation at the clinical, community, and systems levels. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of faculty during the Q & A session.
Thursday, April 28th 11:30am CT
Register in advance
For any questions, contact Melannie Vallejo at email@example.com.
New Webinar | Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
In partnership with a CDC-funded initiative at the AAP, Futures Without Violence will host a webinar focusing on best practices and innovative strategies that pediatric healthcare professionals can implement to form stronger support networks for survivors of violence and abuse that continue to function in emergency conditions
Wednesday, April 27th 1pm CT
Reminder | Perinatal Depression Curriculum
ASHEW launched this free perinatal depression curriculum, available on PediaLink. Participating in this curriculum will provide learners with a deep dive into perinatal depression and will enable health care professionals and trainees to engage in small group discussions and promote peer-to-peer learning. The goal of these interventions is to address the process skills needed; skills in problem solving, critical thinking, group process, change management and lifetime learning. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, participants will possess the necessary skills and knowledge when screening for, and management of perinatal depression. The course is to the public, including non-AAP members. Learners will be required to create an AAP login to obtain access to the course. Once users are logged in, click on the Teaching & Learning Resource Center – Training Curricula.
Updated Resource | Early Hearing Detection and Intervention FAQ Guide
The recently updated EHDI Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Guide is an introductory resource for pediatric health care professionals serving families with a child or children who is or are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). This resource provides linkages and connections to important resources in states, critical components of working with families, and tips and strategies for billing and coding.
To stay current at the state and local levels to address newborn hearing concerns, partner with your state EHDI Coordinator. The state EHDI coordinator serves as a statewide consultant to improve the early hearing detection and intervention system, which screens and enrolls infants identified as deaf and/or hard of hearing into early intervention services. For more information, please contact the AAP EHDI program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Reminder | Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program/Bright Futures Tip Sheet|
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)/Bright Futures Implementation Tip Sheet provide checklists and screening algorithms for the birth to 6-month period to ensure that screening, surveillance, referral, and intervention can occur at appropriate times for optimal development. Use the EHDI Literature Review Table to find articles focused on the role of the primary care pediatrician in addressing EHDI within the medical home model; a focus on EHDI systems of care; as well as articles focused on advancing health equity. This literature review table outlines recent data, and seminal literature pertaining to EHDI, specifically for the field of pediatrics.
Reminder | AAP Response to COVID-19
The AAP continues to provide necessary support to pediatric health care professionals, patients, and families during this 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
AAP Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention
The AAP and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are proud to share a new free resource: Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention, developed in collaboration with experts from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This practical guide is designed to support pediatric health clinicians in identifying strategies and key partnerships to support youth at risk for suicide. The Blueprint outlines clinical pathways, community partnerships, and advocacy strategies to better identify and support youth at risk for suicide. Pediatric health care professionals, public health professionals, educational and community professionals, and policy makers can find these materials at www.aap.org/suicideprevention.
New AMCHP Post | #ScreentoInterveneForAYAs
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) recent blog post highlights the Arizona Maternal and Child Health program’s approach to enhancing equitable and optimal initiatives that positively impact the emotional, physical, and social well-being of adolescents. Arizona is one of five state teams participating in the Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Behavioral Health CoIIN project, which seeks to increase the rate of depression screenings among AYAs with an appropriate follow up care plan, if necessary.
New AMCHP Resource | Interactive Toolkit for Lead Poisoning Prevention
The interactive MCH Lead Toolkit is the final product of the AMCHP-led, HRSA-funded national Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN). This Toolkit shares best practices and lessons learned from the MCEH CoIIN, its national partners, and state teams. It aims to help public health professionals access resources, strategies, tools, and ideas that they can replicate or adapt in their states, jurisdictions, and communities. Contact MCHLeadToolkit@amchp.org for additional questions or information requests.
About the AAP Bright Futures National Center
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