The implementation of statewide or communitywide health promotion and prevention initiatives or programs using the Bright Futures Guidelines is facilitated by effective partnerships. Stakeholders help articulate and refine the goals of the initiative early in the process, improve the design of implementation models, attract resources, help reach out to important populations, and build support for expansion and sustainability.

State and community leaders who have begun Bright Futures implementation efforts have identified several helpful approaches that have worked in one or more areas. The first step for an implementation partnership is to ensure that all partners have a solid grasp of the purpose and contents of Bright Futures and an understanding of how to use the Bright Futures Guidelines and other Bright Futures resources. The next steps include identifying committed leaders, developing a shared definition of the problem and goal, and obtaining broad representation from all key stakeholder groups.

Numerous state and community groups can be valuable partners. This section of the Web site gives examples of the following types of organizations:

  • State agencies, including the public health and Medicaid departments
  • Provider organizations such as AAP chapters
  • State or local affiliates of national organizations, especially public health associations
  • Academic health care institutions and their students or trainees
  • Improvement partnerships
  • Community partners such as civic organizations, schools, and businesses
  • Families
  • Other representatives of targeted communities or populations such as teens
  • Hospitals and health plans
  • Local health care providers
  • Local health departments

To get started today, download the handy resource 12 Practical Tips for Implementing Bright Futures Guidelines at the State or Community Level.

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