Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported, in part, by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)​, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

The Bright Futures Guidelines provide theory-based and evidence-driven guidance for all preventive care screenings and health supervision visits. Bright Futures content can be incorporated into many public health programs such as home visiting, child care, school-based health clinics and many others. Materials developed especially for families are also available.​​​

Quality Improvement

Find information, tools and links to networks and resources for practitioners wishing to participate in quality improvement (QI) efforts. The information found here can be used at the practice level to address desired health outcomes of importance to the children and families in a particular practice, health care system, community or state.

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Implementation Stories

Speakers with state health departments, AAP Chapters, clinicians and others who work in the field of maternal and child health share their lessons learned about the use of the Bright Futures Guidelines, tools and related resources in brief audio records.

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Bright Futures eNews

See the latest in Bright Futures including new resources and opportunities by checking out our Bright Futures eNews page.

Contact Bright Futures

Find out how you can get in touch with us for more information about the Bright Futures National Center.

Highlights and Announcements

New Web Page Available on Children with Medical Complexity

A new web page on AAP.org focuses on children with medical complexity. The page includes information on care improvement initiatives and practical clinical resources you can implement in your practice, along with resources for families.

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September 23, 2022

New Resources: Bright Futures: Health Equity Resources for Health Care Professionals

This new compendium of health equity resources includes tips and tools to prepare pediatric health care professionals to address the impact of racism, bias, and discrimination on the health and well-being of their patients and families. Pediatric health care professionals can use these resources in their practice/professional setting, for use in training, and for their own professional learning. These resources are designed to be used together, as a series, or as individual resources, based on the needs of the pediatric health care professional.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Introduction: How to Use These Resources document.

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September 23, 2022

Share Flu Resources with Families

The AAP has created communication tools to promote flu vaccination at your clinic. “Don’t Let the Flu Stop You” is the message to share with families to remind them that flu vaccination is the best way to keep kids going and enjoying activities that help them thrive. Visit the Flu Toolkit to download these free resources.

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September 15, 2022

Upcoming Webinar: Adolescent Confidentiality: What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed with Cures?

Navigating adolescent confidentiality in health information technology tools & platforms has always been a challenge for clinicians and patients. The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule added further complexity with its emphasis on sharing and accessing PHI. Join to gain an understanding of where things stand and where things might be going. There will be time for questions and discussion. This webinar will be recorded and made available after the event.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 11am CT
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Questions?
Contact Lisa Krams, Program Manager, Health IT Initiatives (lkrams@aap.org)

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September 15, 2022

Webinar: Influenza Prevention and Control Strategies in Early Education and Child Care Settings

The AAP is hosting a free webinar on Influenza Prevention and Control Strategies in Early Education and Child Care Settings for the 2022-23 influenza season. Speakers Renuka Verma, MD, FAAP, and Hilda Loria, MD, FAAP, will present AAP influenza recommendations, the importance of influenza immunization in early education and child care centers, and strategies on how these centers can prepare for the influenza season during COVID-19. The webinar will be held on

Wednesday September 21, 2022, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm CST.

Register

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September 8, 2022

Educate, Ask, and Share: Collaborating with Early Childhood Professionals on Development

In this new video from the AAP, Dr Shelly Flais discusses developmental surveillance, screening, and collaboration between families, clinicians, and early childhood professionals. Working collaboratively with families and early childhood professionals is essential to promote the optimal development of children.

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September 6, 2022

Opioid Use Round Table Discussions

The AAP invites pediatric health care professionals to join the Maternal-infant Health and Opioid Use Round Table Discussions. This interactive series will delve into recovery-friendly care for parent-infant dyads with prenatal opioid exposure and/or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.

  • Round Table 1: Building Secure Attachment Through the Lens of Developmental Surveillance and Non-Pharmacologic Care, Sept. 20, 2022, 3pm CT
  • Round Table 2: Strength-Based Family-Centered Care, Oct. 4, 2022, 3pm CT
  • Round Table 3: Improving the General Culture of Care and Accompanying Families on Their Recovery Journey, Oct. 18, 2022, 3pm CT

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September 1, 2022

New Webinar: IHS/IHSIG Webinar: Priority Pediatric Clinical and Community Initiatives Addressing American Indian & Alaska Native Youth Behavioral Health Inequities through School-Based Supports

Presented by USPHS CDR Micah Woodard, LICSW, BCD, C-CATODSW, Indian Health Service
Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Indian Health Special Interest Group (SIG)

This webinar will provide an overview of how new approaches to School-Based behavioral health services can address disparities and inequities in access to care for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth. Child and teen health care providers have insufficient knowledge and experience providing individual and group-based preventive and therapeutic mental health services in school- and community-based settings. The presentation will cover case studies demonstrating applications of creative approaches that support at-risk youth. Methods and approaches to developing programs with minimal resources and expanded collaborative partnerships will also be discussed. Continuing Education Credit is available

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 1 pm CST
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August 29, 2022

New PediaLink Couse - Addressing Equity for Black CYSHCN

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) is offering a FREE PediaLink course, Addressing Equity for Black CYSHCN. This course examines factors impacting equitable health care for Black children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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August 12, 2022

New Notice of Funding Opportunity: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The purpose of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children program is to support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, and their families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services.

Technical assistance call is scheduled for Friday, July 29, 2022 2–3 pm ET. (Read the full announcement for more details.)

Applications are due October 12, 2022.

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July 21, 2022

Recorded Coffee Talk on Developmental Surveillance

Watch a recorded coffee talk hosted by Lisa Shulman, MD, FAAP, and Sara Del Campo de Gonzalez, MD, FAAP. This video focuses on how to use and implement Learn the Signs. Act Early. communication tools within your practice. Practice implementation is demonstrated using case studies and questions and answers from audience members.

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July 14, 2022

Free PediaLink Course on Opioid Use Disorder

The AAP PediaLink course, Recovery-Friendly Care for Families Affected by Opioid Use Disorder, educates pediatric health care professionals about best practices in caring for, and supporting families affected by opioid use disorder after discharge from the birthing hospital, and through the infants’ third birthday. Course units are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and Maintenance of Certification Part 2 points.

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July 14, 2022

2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule is Now Available

The 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, also known as the Periodicity Schedule, will be published in the July 2022 issue of Pediatrics (released online on June 21st). The Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule is updated annually. Be sure to check the date in the top right corner to ensure that you are referencing the most updated version.

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June 21, 2022

2022 Coding for Pediatric Preventive Care Booklet is Available

In addition to the 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule, the 2022 Coding for Pediatric Preventive Care booklet has been revised and is available online and in print. This complementary resource contains comprehensive listings of codes and services that coincide with the 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule.

If you have questions about the 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule or 2022 Coding booklet or would like to receive a few hard copies to share with your clinics, colleagues, students, or families, contact us.

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June 21, 2022

New Webinar Series: Systems of Care & Healthy Mental Development: Effective Strategies to Support CYSHCN in the Medical Home

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) hosted a FREE 2-part webinar series examining the behavioral and mental health systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the role of medical home within that system.

  • Episode 1 featured the Nebraska Partnership for Mental Healthcare Access in Pediatrics and the University of Michigan Child Collaborative Consultation Program. Participants learned how these 2 programs have addressed access to behavioral and mental health care for CYSHCN, in addition to the key partners and collaborators that support their respective programmatic efforts.
  • Episode 2 featured pediatricians Marian Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP and Richard Antonelli, MD, MS, FAAP. Drs Earls and Antonelli discussed how pediatricians and the medical home can support behavioral and mental health care for CYSHCN.

Webinar

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May 9, 2022

​New Pediatrics On Call Podcast: Integrating Mental Health into the Medical Home - Episode 111

In this Pediatrics On Call episode​, Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, associate editor of digital media for the journal Pediatrics, shares a research roundup from the May issue. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk with Richard Chung, MD, FAAP, member of the AAP Committee on Adolescence as well as the Bright Futures Steering Committee, about ways to assess mental health of children and teens within the medical home. ​Listen here for all of the podcast episodes. ​​​

Pediatrics on Call Podcast

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May 6, 2022

New PediaLink Course: Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages

The Bright Futures National Center is excited to announce the launch of a new PediaLink course titled, Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages​. The purpose of this course is to provide residents, nursing trainees and other pediatric health care professionals the knowledge and skills to provide parental support and advice. Pediatric health care professionals play a vital role in reinforcing parenting skills by providing developmentally appropriate parenting advice and support as well as modeling parenting skills during the health supervision visit. This course includes scenarios to apply key concepts to address common behavioral concerns and ameliorate parental stress. The course is free to the general public, including non-AAP members. Learners who will only be required to create an AAP login (if they don't already) to obtain access to the course.

Register

PediaLink Course

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April 26, 2022

​New Resource: Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention​

Experts have joined forces to create this unique resource. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth aged 10 - 24 years. ​This Blueprint​ ​highlights suicide risk-reducing strategies for use in pediatric care and youth community settings. ​

AAP Resource

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April 26, 2022