The¬†Bright Futures Initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has positioned child wellness as a national priority. Since 1994, the initiative‚Äôs¬†Bright Futures Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents,¬†published by the AAP with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, has provided evidence-informed recommendations that promote child health and well-child care.
The guidelines recommend 31 well-child visits from birth to age 21. Visits include immunizations and screenings for autism, lead poisoning, obesity, oral health, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and other conditions.
As a contractor to AAP, JBS works with pediatricians and other pediatric professionals and family advocates to develop implementation resources for public health and clinical practices. We are assisting with the update and promotion ¬†of the fourth edition of the¬†Bright Futures Guidelines and Pocket Guide, and updates to the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit. JBS is also documenting the experiences of states that have implemented Bright Futures in public health settings to share lessons learned and implementation strategies that work. JBS produced an animated video About Bright Futures which won a 2015 Videographers Award of Excellence and was presented at the 2015 APHA Annual Film Festival.¬†