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Special Feature: An Interview with Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grantees

ReadNPlay for a Bright Future Program is a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) facilitated by East Tennessee State University. The program focuses on promoting healthy eating, active living, safety, and early literacy among families and children within the pediatric medical home model of care. The program is leveraging innovations in technology to further enhance the pediatric medical home model of care through family engagement, family-centered care, and shared decision-making.

The program uses a counseling tool called "My Baby Book," which uses Bright Futures guidelines to provide age-appropriate tips for keeping babies healthy and safe during the first two years of life. The program is currently developing a mobile app version of "My Baby Book" which will be available to families and caregivers free of charge. Once the app is developed, it will allow families and caregivers to do the following:

  • Access and record information about their child's health and development
  • Upload photos of their child and family
  • Share their child's developmental milestone with family and friends
  • Record their child's growth and see their child's growth charts
  • Enhance communication between pediatric primary care clinicians and families
  • Increase family awareness, engagement and empowerment for supporting the health safety, and development of their child

The program is currently engaging six pediatric practices and a wide range of community partners to implement the use of the app once it is available. The program is planning to collaborate with the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to further enhance utilization of the mobile app across the state. For more information, visit the Tennessee State Page or the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Web site.