Provider Organizations

469584763.jpgFamilies, state and local agencies, pediatric practices, family medicine practices, professional organization chapters, individual health care providers such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and community health workers—all are important partners in the promotion of children’s health. 

What Provider Organizations and Their Chapters Can Do

Provider organizations, such as the AAP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Physician Assistant, and their local chapters can be key partners in state- and community-level efforts to promote children's health and use of Bright Futures resources. These and many other national organizations participate in the Bright Futures Project Implementation Advisory Committee (PIAC).

For example, scores of state and local AAP chapters exist in the United States; each is dedicated to achieving the AAP child health goals in their communities, including Bright Futures implementation. AAP chapters can

  • Identify implementation barriers at the ground level
  • Develop and share best implementation practices
  • Provide feedback on implementation activities
  • Champion the initiative and further spread implementation
  • Present continuing medical education sessions on preventive services at annual chapter meetings
  • Design and present a maintenance of certification (MOC) project on preventive services

The AAP provides technical assistance for state- and chapter-level quality improvement (QI) projects dealing with measurable implementation of Bright Futures, including those that provide MOC credits. For more information, see the Quality Improvement section.

Health care practitioners and community health workers are also key partners in statewide implementation of Bright Futures, and their inclusion in the planning phase can be crucial to obtaining provider acceptance and support for change. By participating in implementation activities, practitioners can develop channels of communication to state officials and agencies, improve practice efficiency and health outcomes, and, in some cases, benefit from incentives and reimbursements. They can also strengthen or create referral partnerships with community organizations, gain public recognition for their efforts to improve health care delivery for children, and may be able to earn required MOC credits for their participation in QI projects.

 How Illinois is Individualizing Training

Illinois: The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) partnered with a number of organizations and funders, including state agencies, to develop individualized training based in part on the annual needs assessments of ICAAP members. Individualized learning sessions were developed by local experts and physicians and taught by peer instructors using case studies, problem-based exercises, and hands-on learning tools. Sessions were flexible to accommodate each practice's schedule and covered topics like coding and billing and staff roles. Additional technical assistance was available to providers. Learn more