What are the sources of pediatric primary care in the United States? Are these sources sufficient for providing health-care services to the pediatric population? Why or why not? About 25 years ago, a multidisciplinary group of pediatric health care experts and family representatives were asked to imagine the country’s health picture as if every child in American could look forward to a bright future (Bright Futures, n.d.). They were asked to imagine that every child, regardless of race, religion, background, income, politics, or any other factor, could have a bright future (Bright Futures, n.d.). This group expressed their vision in the Bright Futures Children’s Health Charter, which set the stage for the first edition of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents in 1994 (Bright Futures, n.d.). Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves having a trusting relationship between the provider, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice (Burns, Dunn, Brady, Starr, Blosser, & Garzon, 2017. p. 9). This program helps providers deliver prevention-based, developmentally oriented care in a family-focused manner and fosters the trusting relationship between the patient, provider, child and family (Burns et al., 2017, p. 9). The program includes parent tools to empower them with skills and knowledge to be an active partner in their child’s healthy growth and development (Burns et al., 2017, p. 9). The primary goal of Bright Futures implementation is to support primary care practices in providing well-child and adolescent care according to their guidelines (Bright Futures, n.d.). Settings that implement Bright Future guidelines include private practices, hospital- based or hospital-affiliated clinics, resident continuity clinics, school-based health centers,
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- World Health Organization, Kuo, bright futures, NSG6435 Week 1 Discussion, Bright Futures Children’s Health Charter