About the Well Visit Planner

The Well Visit Planner (WVP) was developed to engage parents as partners to improve well-child care for children up to 6 years of age. The WVP content is based on recommendations established by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, Third Edition. The tool helps parents to plan for an upcoming well visit and customize the visit to their family's needs. It helps them identify and prioritize their needs and concerns ahead of the visit. This means that parents and providers are better able to communicate, address the family's needs and optimize time during the well visit. The WVP is available for the 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18-month and 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6-year well visits.

The WVP was developed and is maintained by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI). It was a part of a project supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program (R40 MC08959). The design and development of the website was also supported by advisors: Betsy Anderson, David Bergman, Emily Brophy, Dimitri Christakis, Kellena Collier, Paula Duncan, John Kilty, Amy Kurian, Cynthia Minkovitz, Tami Olson, Amy Perritti, Ed Schor, Judy Shaw and Sara Slovin. The CAHMI would like to thank each and every one of them.

Why should you complete the Well Visit Planner?

Completing the WVP will help you to identify your priorities for your upcoming well visit. It will also help you to understand what you can expect at that visit. The topics and questions in the WVP are specific to the age of your child, so you can complete the tool before each of your child's visits. The WVP also includes educational materials about topics such as your child's growth and development, language development, and safety. The educational materials address the topics of most importance for your child's age.

Why should you create an account with the Well Visit Planner?

You have the option to create an account on the WVP and get a dashboard, which is a single location for all your children’s well-visit information and educational materials.

You can login to your account and use your dashboard to:

  • Plan future well visits
  • Add your other eligible children
  • Go back to complete the WVP (within 48 hours of starting it)
  • Review previous Visit Guides and educational materials

What information would you provide to get started?

You will be asked to provide information such as your child's first name (optional), gender (optional), date of birth and date of the upcoming well visit. Because the Well Visit Planner is tailored to the age of your child, the dates you provide will be used to determine which age-specific visit applies to your child. Your child's name, birth date and visit date will not be saved in the database. Note that if you have a child with developmental delays, you can use the visit that most closely matches your child’s developmental age.

If you choose to create an account with the WVP, you will be asked to register with an email address and password. After registering, you will have a dashboard where you can add your children by providing the first name or nickname (optional) and start planning their upcoming well visit.

What are the steps to complete the Well Visit Planner?

It should take you about 10 minutes to complete the Well Visit Planner. You will be asked to do the following:

Step 1: Reflect and Assess

  • You will reflect and answer questions on topics about your child and family that are recommended by the Bright Futures guidelines. There are questions about your child's health, your child's development, your family and your home environment that will help your child’s provider know what they need to focus on during the well visit.
  • The WVP also includes questions designed to determine the amount of health care services your child receives and a few questions about your family (for example, the state where you live and your household income). This information helps us understand who is using the Well Visit Planner, so that we can plan to help other parents and families use the Well Visit Planner.

Step 2: Pick Your Priorities

  • You will be asked to pick up to five topics that you want to discuss with your child's provider and/or want more information about. You can also review educational tips related to each topic.

Step 3: Get Your Visit Guide

  • After completing the WVP, you will receive a customized Visit Guide that is based on your responses, and summarizes your needs, concerns and priorities for the next well visit.
  • You can print or save this Visit Guide and take it with you to your child’s next well visit. This will help you and your provider maximize the time at the visit based on your priorities and your child and family’s needs.
  • If your provider has given you a secure email address, then you can save the Visit Guide and email it to her/him prior to the visit. You can also email it to yourself, a family member or anyone else you wish to share it with.

Step 1 - Reflect and Assess, Step 2 - Pick Your Priorities, Step 3 - Get Your Visit Guide

How will the information collected by the Well Visit Planner be used?

The Well Visit Planner is designed to help you plan for your upcoming well visit. Any information that could be used to personally identify you or your child will not be stored. The WVP will ask for, but not store, your child's birthday, first name (optional and the tool does not ask for last name), and upcoming visit date. The date of birth is used to calculate the appropriate well visit (for e.g. 4-month visit or 6-month visit).

If you choose to create an account on the WVP, you have the option to add your child’s first name or nickname to appear on your dashboard and Visit Guide. This name will be saved on our secure servers. We do not share any of your information or your Visit Guide with anyone.

The Well Visit Planner will store information—minus any specifics that might identify you or your child--you provide about your child's health, development, and home environment; and the priorities you select for your visit. It will not be possible to link this information to you or your child. The CAHMI team will use this anonymous information to understand parents' concerns and priorities for their well-child visits. This information may also be combined with other parents’ responses and shared with your child’s provider. This can help the provider learn more about families they provide care to and improve well-child care for children and their families.

You can learn more about data collection and storage by reading the WVP Terms and Conditions.

About the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) is a national non-profit initiative dedicated to developing and supporting patient-centered methods for assessing and improving health care quality. The CAHMI has a number of activities dedicated to improving the quality of health and health care for children and young adults. Visit www.cahmi.org for more information.

If you wish to get more information about the Well Visit Planner, you can go over the WVP Frequently Asked Questions