How Washington is implementing Bright Futures


Training: Through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the state's Department of Health and the Washington Chapter are implementing training. Great MINDS (Medical Homes Include Developmental Screening) training is based on the Bright Futures Guidelines and aims to train pediatricians on implementing medical home programs for children with special health care needs, incorporating developmental screening into their practice, providing family-centered care, and making referrals to community programs based on screening results. Great MINDS is part of a broader goal of implementing universal developmental screening across the state.

Previously, the University of Washington's Family and Child Nursing Program developed short videos demonstrating the application of Bright Futures in a well-child visit. Bright Futures materials have been integrated into the curricula of the Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Medicine and in Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded training programs. Bright Futures materials also are used in nurse practitioner courses and in continuing education courses for graduate nurses. The courses demonstrate the application of Bright Futures recommendations in a well-child visit promoting partnership, communication, health promotion, time management, education, and advocacy.

Adaptation: In 2006, the Washington State Department of Health published Bright Futures Guidebook for Early Childhood Care and Education. The book was available at no cost until 2012 to the state's child care professionals and consultants.

Partnerships: The Washington State Department of Health partnered with the University of Washington to manage statewide Bright Futures activities. Through Title V funding and a congressional earmark, the partnership provided education, training modules, and technical assistance.

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Washington 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.