How Hawaii is implementing Bright Futures

Implementation: The Title V MCH program leverages the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition as the evidence-based foundation for developing workforce training and capacity building resources. More specifically, these Bright Futures-based resources have been developed as a component of Hawaii’s larger strategy for improving National Performance Measures 6 (Developmental Screening) and 10 (Adolescent Well Visit). 

As a Strategy to Address NPM 6: Developmental Screening 
Referral Guidelines for Early Childhood and Community Based Providers 
As a strategy to improve the rates of developmental screening among children living in Hawaii, the state’s Title V agency worked with various partners to develop “Hawaii Developmental Screening and Referral Guidelines for Early Childhood and Community Based Providers.” The purpose of these guidelines is to provide basic information for those conducting developmental screening of children ages birth through five years of age. They are based on several national resources, including Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition and Caring for Our Children. The final guidelines are based on a review of national and local best practices and were vetted for input from early childhood providers and key stakeholders. The final guidelines are housed on the Department of Health website and are meant to be shared with those who are doing screening through training and as a collateral resource.  

As a Strategy to Address NPM 10: Adolescent Well Visit
Adolescent Resource Toolkit (ART) 
Hawaii’s Title V program has changed the direction of the Adolescent Resource Toolkit (ART) from a strategy aimed at providers to the development of an ART that empowers adolescents to seek teen-centered and Bright Futures-aligned adolescent well visit experiences on their own. In Hawaii’s commitment to engage youth, teen groups across the state will utilize Hawaii’s Transition to Adulthood framework and the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition recommendations to inform the creation, design and dissemination of their ART. Elements of the ART will touch on the information needed to make an appointment, accessing sexual health and mental health services, and their patient rights. Testing plans include peer-to-peer talks, tending health fair booths, and parent night presentations on what the ART is and how to use it.


Hawaii AAP Chapter

For more information about maternal and child health activities in your state, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration's website to find local contact information for the Maternal and Child Health and Children With Special Health Care Needs representatives.