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Founded in 1930, the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 66,000
pediatricians who are committed to attaining
optimal physical, mental, and social health and
well-being for all infants, children, adolescents,
and young adults.
The Bright Futures initiative was launched in
1990 under the leadership of the federal Maternal
and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health
Resources and Services Administration to improve
the quality of health services for children through
health promotion and disease prevention. In 2002,
MCHB selected the AAP to lead the Bright
Futures initiative. With the encouragement and
strong support of MCHB, AAP and its many
collaborating partners set out to update the
Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision
of Infants, Children, and Adolescents as a uniform
set of recommendations for health care profes-
sionals. The Bright Futures Guidelines are the
cornerstone of the Bright Futures initiative and
the foundation for the development of all Bright
Futures materials.
Other Bright Futures materials, aimed at specific
target audiences such as health care professionals or
families, have been developed, including provider
training materials, anticipatory guidance tools,
quick-reference guides for families, and a national
newsletter to highlight Bright Futures activities
around the country. In addition, several states,
organizations, and local entities have developed
tools and materials based on Bright Futures that
are tailored to their own training, outreach,
health assessment, and education needs.
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