How Ohio is Implementing Bright Futures

Partnering with Ohio AAP Chapter to Train Health Care Professionals

As a strategy to improve the quality of clinical care for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) populations, the Ohio Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program has a history of promoting Bright Futures Guidelines as the evidence-based standard of care. From 2016 to 2020, the Title V action plan included a focus on training health care professionals on the Bright Futures clinical recommendations. In the first 3 years this strategy was implemented through a subcontract with Ohio Academy of Pediatrics (OhioAAP), and in the final 2 years, transitioned to a collaborative partnership with OhioAAP to produce webinars and statewide conferences to train health care professionals on these recommendations. From 2016-2020, the Ohio Title V program measured success of these efforts by creating an evidence-informed strategy measure that tracked the number of health care professionals in Ohio trained on implementing Bright Futures with an estimate of 447 health care professionals trained.

Address State Title V 2020-2025 Priority Needs

As a result of the 2020 MCH needs assessment process, the Ohio Title V program identified several priority needs that will guide their strategy for improving the health of MCH populations over the next 5 years. Utilizing Bright Futures resources is a specific strategy for addressing 3 of the state's top 10 priority needs. These 3 priorities and the corresponding Bright Futures-related strategy are listed below. Please note that the strategies listed below are one part of a larger action plan to address each priority need. ​

Priority NeedBright Futures-Related Strategy to Address the Need
Support healthy pregnancies and improve birth and infant outcomesAssess need for and explore opportunities to educate/train health care professionals on enhanced screenings and education during well-baby visits based on the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition, including screening and referrals for: lead, hearing, vision, oral health, immunizations, and safe sleep
Improve nutrition, physical activity, and overall wellness of childrenDevelop plan to increase health care professional education and training for comprehensive well-visits based on the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition, including screenings and referrals for: developmental concerns, lead, hearing, vision, oral health, immunizations, weight/length, social determinants of health, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Increase protective factors and improve systems to reduce risk factors associated with the prevalence of adolescent substance useProfessional education/training for comprehensive well-visit emphasizing the connection between physical health and mental health, substance use (including tobacco), trauma, and appropriate screenings and referrals to services, as recommended by the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition​


Ohio 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.