Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
Study on Instrument-Based Vision Screening 
Published in Pediatrics
Implementation of Instrument-Based Vision Screening for Preschool-Age Children in Primary Care  Jonathan R. Modest, MBA, MPH, Katherine M. Majzoub, RN, MBA, Bruce Moore, OD, Vijeta  Bhambhani, MS, MPH, Sarah R. McLaughlin, MPH, Louis Vernacchio, MD, MSca, Pediatrics. 2017; 140(1):e20163745. Research conducted by the Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Boston Children's Hospital, in collaboration with members of the Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition, concludes that instrument-based vision screening for preschool-aged children can be effectively implemented into primary care practice, results in substantially improved rates of completed vision screening at well-child visits, and may result in a reduction in unnecessary referrals to eye care specialists. For complete article- click here.
Presentations by CVMA Members at 
2017 National School Based Health Centers Convention
Vision and Learning and the Role and Impact of the Medical and Educational Homes in Providing Universal Vision Care to Children Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, New England College of Optometry and Sandy Block, OD, MEd, MPH, FAAO, Illinois College of Optometry; for presentation slides, click here
National Laws and Policies Driving Children's Vision and Eye Health Programs Kira Baldonado, Director, National Center of Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness; for presentation slides, click here.
Legislative Update: Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
From left: Priscilla Kelangi, Erin DiSanto, Congressman Seth Moulton, Kathy Majzoub, Bruce Moore, and Marcia Feist Moore; June 27, 2017
Members of the Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition joined other vision advocates from across the country to meet with members of the US House and Senate, and their staff, to discuss the importance of vision and eye health programs and research. The group asked elected officials to: * Provide $3.3 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to strengthen vision and eye health efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). * $3.5 million to support the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health (the Center) in developing a public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a continuum of vision and eye health care for children. * Protect "essential health benefits" as defined under the Affordable Care Act, which includes children's comprehensive eye exams and vision screenings and preventive services for chronic diseases, in any Senate legislative companion to the House-passed American Health Care Act. * Provide $800 million to the National Eye Institute in FY 2018. * Provide at least $3,294,000 for the Glaucoma Project at CDC in FY 2018. * Join the Congressional Vision Caucus.  The CVMA advocates visited the offices of Congressman Moulton, Congressman Neal, Congresswoman Clark, Congressman McGovern, Congressman Lynch, Congressman Capuano, Senator Markey and Senator Warren. 
Prevent Blindness  
Focus on Eye Health National Summit
Keynote Speaker: Cyrus Habib,
Lieutenant Governor of Washington State
Prevent Blindness held its sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, on June 28.  For webcast of the event: click here
Keep Fourth of July Eye Safe
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  reports that fireworks devices were involved in an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2016;31% of those injured were less than 15 years old; and burns from fireworks are the most common injury to all parts of the body, except the eyes, where contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies occur more frequently. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately one third of eye injuries from fireworks result in permanent blindness. Keep your child's eyes safe this Fourth of July by viewing fireworks only at authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators.For more information click here.

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