We are pleased to announce the July 2021 installment of Bright Futures eNews.
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Bright Futures Highlights
Updated Home Page | Bright Futures Website
Please visit the Bright Futures website’s home page with its refreshed look and organization for easier navigation and use. To view the updated home page, please click here.
New and Enhanced | Bright Futures Activity Book, 2nd Edition
To encourage parent-child interaction, the revised Bright Futures Activity Book, 2nd Edition, provides a fun, informative, and interactive overview of the 12 themes from the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition. The activity book is in English and Spanish.
New Tip Sheet | How can Title V MCH Programs Support Pediatric Health Care Professionals in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
This new Bright Futures National Center tip sheet outlines suggested roles for Title V MCH programs in supporting Pediatric Health Care Professionals (PHCPs) to screen for social determinants of health and connect to community resources, as appropriate. This tip sheet was developed in partnership with AMCHP's Child & Adolescent Health team
Updated State Implementation Stories | Alaska, Connecticut, and Ohio
Learn how the Bright Futures materials and resources are being used across the country by selecting a state from the drop down list on the States & Communities webpage. The newest state implementation stories are provided by Alaska, Connecticut, and Ohio.
Reminder | 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule and Coding Booklet Are Available
The 2021 Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (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.
Reminder | Bright Futures Parent and Patient Education
Visit the Families page on the Bright Futures website that contains valuable resources for children, teens, and families about well-visits. The Parent and Patient Education page includes easy-to-access, web-based education for parents/caregivers and patients related to each well-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.
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 Free PediaLink Course | Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm
This training describes universal firearm injury prevention guidance for pediatric health care professionals in clinic-settings, offers pragmatic video counseling examples based on existing evidence, and provides resources. The Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm course is free and is available until 06/14/2024.
Visit the Gun Safety Toolkit to access social media posts, graphics, videos and more.
New AAP Resource | Youth Tobacco Cessation: Considerations for Clinicians
This brief, practical guide is designed to support pediatric health care professionals in screening patients for tobacco use and providing behavioral and pharmacological support to help youth quit. The resource uses an easy, 3-step model, “Ask-Counsel-Treat (ACT),” to guide clinical interactions around cessation.
- Screening for tobacco use, including smoking and vaping
- Behavioral cessation supports, including texting services, quitlines, online resources
- Pharmacological supports, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy
- Flowchart for clinical interactions
- Using the EHR to identify and address tobacco use
This resource is free! Pediatric health care professionals can find these materials at www.aap.org/cessation.
Reminder | Free 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. The Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity course is free and is available until 04/14/2024.
A Guide to an LGBTQ+ Friendly Practice
Pediatric health care professionals serve children and families by providing indispensable anticipatory guidance about so many aspects of healthy growth and development. As the number increases, of youth and families who count themselves among the growing community of gender and sexually diverse individuals, pediatric health care professionals are poised to offer education, resources, and support for families.
This new Guide represents some of the many ideas pediatric health care professionals can implement to improve the care of their LGBTQ+ patients/families, with the acknowledgement that not all pediatric health care professionals may be able to implement all of these recommendations.
Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Data Placemat
Partnership and collaboration are crucial to implementing a successful Healthy Tomorrows project. 71% of the grantees reported that strong community partnerships contributed to the sustainment of their projects. Use this data placemat as a conversation starting point to understand successful community partnerships.
39 CATCH Grants Awarded
On May 3, 2021, the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program awarded grants to 39 Fellows and Pediatric Trainees/Residents in 23 states and Puerto Rico to implement innovative community-based child health projects. These projects began in June 2021 and will continue through May 2022. Learn about the exciting activities that are underway in your area by searching on the Community Pediatrics website.
The next Call for Proposals will open Late Fall 2021. Visit the CATCH grants website for up to date information.
Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series: Healthy Adolescent Partner Relationships
In this 9-minute video titled Healthy Adolescent Partner Relationships, Richard J. Chung, MD explains how relationships with peers, including dating and other forms of intimacy, are a common part of adolescence and have substantial impacts on social and emotional development. Healthy relationships can be an incredible resource for positive development, whereas unhealthy relationships can pose critical risks. For more information on scope in pediatric practice, teaching points, tools and resources for pediatric health care professionals and families, click here to watch more on the series.
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 American Academy of Pediatrics (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.
Recording Available: Virtual Office Hour Session – Using Telehealth to Improve Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents
Pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM discusses important considerations for providing sexual and reproductive health care for adolescents in a telehealth environment. Dr Trent discusses practical strategies that pediatric clinicians can use to protect confidentiality, facilitate hybrid visits and plan for various scenarios that could arise during a telehealth visit. Click here to access the recording.
Telehealth Toolkit Available
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. Share these tools on your website, email, and social media to let them know telehealth is an option in your practice. Find the toolkit here.
Find New Telehealth Resources at AAP.org/Telehealth
A new section on the AAP website, “Telehealth Tips and Resources,” houses articles, videos, and links to new telehealth content for pediatric practices. Learn how to overcome practice management barriers like cost, coding, and payment. Get tips on how to work with families to overcome technical barriers to telehealth in rural and underserved communities. Recordings to Virtual Office Hour sessions are also available. Links to promotional tools for patient education and for AAP assistance are here too. Bookmark this page as more content including PediaLink modules will be added in the coming months: AAP.org/Telehealth.
Leveraging Telehealth in Rural Communities: Lessons Learned and Promising Practices – Recording Available
Presented by Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP
See below for the recording link to this webinar. The webinar discussed lessons learned as well as promising practices in telehealth from community-based practices that implemented telehealth to increase access to care in rural and other underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information presented in this session highlighted lessons learned from a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded COVID-19 response grant awarded to the AAP.
Reminder | 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.
AAP Spotlight: Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness
Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness (ASHEW) Presents: “Promoting Relational Health: Implementing a Public Health Approach in Primary Care”
Webinar Learning Objectives
- Define adversity and toxic stress and describe how they elucidate “the problem.”
- Define relational health and SSNRs and describe how they elucidate “the solution.”
- Describe a 2-generational, public health approach to build relational health.
- Apply this approach to three Clinical Cases.
Friday, July 23, 2021
11AM – 1PM CT
Register in Advance Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_98Nx8P0kRJGT6pw8WlnqkQ
Please note this webinar does not offer CME or MOC credit.
The AAP builds on community pediatrics by identifying specific opportunities for collaboration that are likely to improve the health of children in communities. Visit the STAR Center to learn more about The Public Health Approach and free technical assistance along with training courses and resources for health care providers seeking to improve early childhood screening, referral, and follow-up in their practice or health care system.
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