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.
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.
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.
Highlights and Announcements
New Health Equity Resources
A video and PowerPoint, designed to complement the Health Equity Resources for Health Care Professionals, are now available. The video features experts discussing the importance of addressing racism, discrimination, and bias in pediatric health care settings. Hear how they use the tip sheets to help them address and achieve health equity in their practices. Click here to watch the video and view the narrated PowerPoint presentations.
May 2, 2023
New! Bright Futures Mini Training Module
Promoting Food Security
The Bright Futures National Center introduces new, free, ready-to-use Bright Futures Mini Training Modules for pediatric residents and trainees! These modules are intended to meet the needs of busy pediatric residents and trainees to be used anywhere and anytime. This series of modules review clinical topics utilizing Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition content, Bright Futures Tool & Resource Kit, 2nd Edition forms and handouts, and additional resources. The modules include a PowerPoint presentation, script, and highlighted resources. Browse the Bright Futures Mini Training Modules today! (Average Time: 15-30 minutes)
The newest mini-training module is on promoting food security. Food insecurity is a critical child health issue that impacts millions of infants, children, youth, and families in all communities across the U.S. Children who live in households with food insecurity are likely to be sick more often, recover from illness more slowly, and be hospitalized more frequently. As pediatric health care professionals, we need to screen and identify children at risk for food insecurity; connect families to needed community resources; and advocate for policies that support access to adequate and healthy food. The new mini-training module is available on the Bright Futures Pediatric Residency Resource Library.
Note: The modules are for learning purposes only and are NOT approved for continuing education credit
May 2, 2023
Bright Futures Let’s Talk Healthy Mental & Emotional Development Webinar Series
Watch the 3-part Bright Futures Let’s Talk: Healthy Mental and Emotional Development Webinar series. Session 1 highlights key elements for health care professionals to consider in working with children and the families they serve. Session 2 highlights key principles of screening for health care professionals to consider in partnering with children and their families. Session 3 focuses on collaboration between pediatric health care professionals and mental health specialists. Series host: Marian F. Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP.
April 27, 2023
EQIPP: Bright Futures – Infancy to Adolescence Course
The AAP Bright Futures National Center is excited to announce the launch of the new EQIPP: Bright Futures – Infancy to Adolescence course. This self-directed, online learning course is designed to help guide pediatric health care professionals in implementing the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, 4th Edition into everyday practice. The course is free for all. Learners can log in to their eqipp.aap.org account to obtain access to the course.
Course Link: shop.aap.org/eqipp-bright-futures-infancy-to-adolescence
January 4, 2023
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 be required to create an AAP login (if they don't already have one) to obtain access to the course.
April 26, 2022