How Kansas is implementing Bright Futures

Implementation: The Kansas Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Division continues to promote the Bright Futures Guidelines as the standard of care for local MCH agencies throughout Kansas. In addition, MCH and Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs staffs have remained involved in legislative initiatives for child care consultation, faith-based organizations that serve pregnant women, and more.

Training: The Kansas Chapter offers several training programs that incorporate the Bright Futures Guidelines. Chapter pediatricians travel to offices and clinics throughout the state to train pediatric providers on developmental screening and developmental social–emotional screening using the Bright Futures model. Trainings include topics on the importance of developmental screening, how to bill, and whom to contact for referrals. The Kansas Chapter also educates and trains offices and clinics on dental caries and fluoride varnish application per the Bright Futures Guidelines.

Adaptation: Schools, primary care providers, and health departments are continuously encouraged to use the Bright Futures Guidelines in tandem with School Nursing and Integrated Child Health Services: A Planning and Resource Guide as the standard for provision of public health services to children.


Kansas AAP Chapter

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