Bright Futures for Families

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Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that seeks to improve the health and well-being of children through culturally competent approaches to addressing both current and emerging health promotion needs at the family, clinical practice, community, health system, and policy levels. ICAAP is partnering with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to promote Bright Futures as a standard of care in Illinois, to assist in integrating Bright Futures into state programs, and to improve awareness of Bright Futures among primary care providers, families, and advocates.

The Bright Futures initiative is not just for health care providers, but also for families.  Materials are available to increase  family knowledge, skills, and participation in health-promoting and prevention activities, and to foster partnerships between families, health care professionals, and communities. Below are links to resources families can use to learn more about Bright Futures, what to expect at well-child visits, and how to promote the health and well-being of their children from birth through adolescence.

Resources For Families

Tool and Resource Kit

The Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit includes many handouts appropriate for families, including parent/patient education handouts, pre-visit questionnaires,  and supplemental questionnaires.  All the documents are available for free on AAP’s Bright Futures Web site for family members to review and reference.

Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide

The Bright Futures for Families was developed by Family Voices as a national initiative for families and communities to promote and improve the health and well-being of children of all ages and offer resources for families based on the Bright Futures initiative.  The Pocket Guide is a quick reference of accessible Bright Futures guidelines for families.

Partnership with Families Handout

This handout focuses on the idea that the partnership between families and healthcare professionals is of vital importance and has a great impact on the health of a child.  This handout discusses strategies to foster and improve communication between parents and healthcare providers.


For more information about ICAAP’s active Child Development Initiatives, visit the Child Development webpage.