Bright Futures for Families is a project of Family Voices, developed in collaboration and with the support of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).* The Bright Futures for Families initiative was established in 1995 to provide families with family-friendly child health and development information and materials based on the Bright Futures Guidelines used by health professionals across the country.

Bright Futures for Families publications

Bright Futures for Families Materials and Resources

Bright Futures for Families extends the focus of Bright Futures with a variety of materials and resources developed for families, schools and communities that complement Bright Futures publications and materials used by health care professionals. Families want and need materials that have the same information used by their health care provider, but written in a way that they can understand and easily refer back to when needed. These family-friendly materials:

  • Provide valuable information about child development and what to expect, from infancy through adolescence.
  • Help families form partnerships with their providers.
  • Empower families to advocate for the health care needs of their children.
  • Encourage families to help their children gradually assume responsibility for their own health care.

* This material is funded through a cooperative agreement to Family Voices from the US Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, MCHB, #MCO4453.

Bright Futures for Families Theme Areas

The Bright Futures Knowledge Base contains a wealth of topics and concepts. Click here to view

What’s New !

    • Advise on HCG diet for families and guidelines
    • Coming Soon!
      Bright Futures: Family Matters editions en español! Check back often for updates.
    • Family Matters Winter/March 2009 issue:
      Milestones in Public Health Read PDF
      Public health is “the active protection of our nation’s health and safety, credible information to enhance health decisions, and partnerships with local minorities and organizations to promote good
      health.” This issue highlights the Top Ten public health milestones in the last century, and information, tips and resources relating to our public health.
    • Family Matters Summer 2008 issue:
      Healthy Oral HealthRead PDF
      Oral Health is more than brushing your teeth. It is an integral part of our overall health. This issue offers information, tips, and resources for promoting and mainting healthy oral health.



Bright Futures for Families

Bright Futures for Families is a national initiative for families and communities to promote and improve the health and well-being of children of all ages. We offer resources for families based on the award winning, federally supported Bright Futures initiative, developed through the support of public health, non-profit, and corporate organizations.

Highlights !

National Public Health Week (NPHW)

National Public Health WeekThe
theme song for The Partridge Family, a popular television show from the
70’s was, “C’mon, Get Happy.” In honor of National Public Health Week,
perhaps the lyrics should be “C’mon, Get Healthy!” The American Public
Health Association (
reports, “Americans are not as healthy as they should be.” NPHW, April 6
– 12, 2009, focuses on opportunities for individuals, families,
communities and public health organizations. Learn the facts, share
your story, and get involved in community events. Learn more at

Fertility – the debate, the trends, the aspirations – The ‘fertility crisis’ has been the subject of active debate in the past year, and includes issues related to work and family, women’s
participation in the paid workforce, the ageing of the population, paid maternity leave, child care, the structure of family payments, the environment and the future of immigration. Read more on Family matters.

Why is the fertility rate falling?

How obesity is effecting male fertility and causing sexual dysfunction and how certain male enhancement products like Extenze and Priligy(Dapoxetine) can help.

A primer on HGH supplements for better aging!

Family matters, economy, culture and biology: The roles

Erectile Dysfunction and Your Age: Is It Inevitable and can penis pumps like Bathmate help with this issue? Why penis pumps need to be subsidized by government?

Here are some more reviews on Bathmate. (Bathmate review.

How obesity and waist size effects ED and can fat reducing products like Lipozene and Skinny Fit Detox tea help?

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16 Skin Care Tips from dermatologists

Review of Argireline based wrinkle removers

8 foods for beautiful skin

New Bright Futures Guidelines, 3rd Edition

New American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Guidelines emphasize partnership between professionals and families. The third edition provides both child health professionals and families with the tools they need to ensure optimal health care for children.