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 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
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
- Family Matters Summer 2008 issue:
Healthy Oral Health
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.
- The Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide available in Spanish! Bright Futures – Guía para las familias:
Sugerencias para que los bebés, niños y adolescentes crezcan sanos
para encargar la Guía.
Click aquí para ver la Guía.
National Public Health Week (NPHW)
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 (www.apha.org)
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 www.nphw.org/nphw09.
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.
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 subsidised by government?
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.