Bright Futures Update
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced the publication of the updated Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, which outlines guidelines for 31 health supervision visits, plus the prenatal visit. AAP also updated its Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule, adopted by many state EPSDT programs to schedule screenings and assessments recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. (See also the National Health Law Program’s State EPSDT Information, providing direct links to the Medicaid agencies’ EPSDT divisions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.)
Well Visit Planner Now in Mobile Format
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative has recently optimized its free online Well Visit Planner (WVP) tool for mobile use. The WVP helps parents of children ages four months to six years plan for their child’s next preventive care visit by answering questions about the child’s growth and development, choosing priorities for discussion, and getting a personalized visit guide. The tool takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is based upon recommendations established by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Guidelines. (For more information on the WVP, see Frequently Asked Questions for Families or see past newsletters.)
Family Voices Colorado believes that parents of children with special health care needs should not be alone when they face the scary and confusing task of securing care for their children. Every day we give parents the information and strength they need to navigate complex health care systems in order to get things like wheelchairs, oxygen, or surgery for their children. With our help, parents are able to be the heroes their children are counting on.