October, 2014
Children's Vision Massachusetts is a coalition representing optometry, ophthalmology, nursing, pediatrics, public health and families. Its mission is to create a systematic approach to children's vision care that assures that all children develop and retain their best possible vision.

VISIONARIES
Spotlight on Success

Congratulations to Brianne Bostian, MPH and Alex Shi, MSc. Communications, Directors of the Children's Vision Massachusetts video, Open Eyes, Open Doors, on receiving the American Public Health Association Vision Care Section Morton W. Silverman Outstanding Student Project Award; 2014
See Video Here!


Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HRSA/AAP)
(1) Developmental Questionnaire Work Group: The twenty-five member committee, with national and international affiliation, is in the process of authoring 'vision questions' and designing a pilot program to introduce these questions in medical home and early education and care settings.
(2) Outreach to existing networks through partnership with the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care and MDPH School Health Services: Family and Community Engagement grantees (100) of the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care have attended educational sessions about children's vision and are distributing educational materials to families across the state. In collaboration with the Live Well Springfield KIDS Coalition, community leaders in public health, pediatrics, early education, and families have attended a series of educational presentations, community screening events and vision screening certification sessions.

(3) Expanding vision messaging
through partnership with Reach Out and Read.  


Legislative Update 

The Transportation Committee of the MA Legislature ended the session with the recommendation that S1672, Save Our Children's Sight, remain in committee for further study. Next steps regarding the coalition's legislative strategy are being considered.



 

 

Presentations and Publications

 

Bruce Moore OD, Katherine Majzoub RN, MBA, Lea Hyv´┐Żrinen MD, PhD, Kira Baldonado for the Group Vision Screening Birth to Three Years, Using Developmental Assessment Tools to Improve Visual Health Outcomes; Poster Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, October 2014, San Diego, CA   

 

Stacy Lyons, OD; Bruce Moore, OD; and Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH, Head Start Year of Children's Vision webinar series  

View Year of Children's Vision Here!  

   

Lisa DiBonaventura, M.A., COMS Vision and Children with Special Health Care Needs

Bright Futures: Family Matters, August 2014

See August Issue Here!

David Hunter, MD, PhD; Danielle Ledoux, MD; Kathy Majzoub RN, MBA; Eva Stahl, MPA, PhD; Panel Presentation- Advocacy; American Association of Certified Orthoptists, Eastern Regional Conference, May, 2014, Boston, MA

  

Catherine Johnson, OD; Stacy Lyons OD; Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH; and others Children's Vision Health Child Care Exchange, May/June, 2014  

Read Article Here!   


In the News

From The Wall Street Journal, "Does Your Toddler Need Glasses?" the news that your child has a vision problem can be more complicated than just buying a pair of glasses.   
Read the article here!


Position Available

The coalition is seeking a freelance Development Consultant who can identify and research potential local funders, and facilitate relationship-building among these funders and coalition members.  Grant writing is not a primary requirement, as support for this is available through the Prevent Blindness national office.  The consultant will serve as the liaison between the coalition and the national office. If interested, please send resume to Kathy Majzoub, Co-Chair Children's Vision Massachusetts.
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