Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
Legislative Update 
Success for Children's Vision at the State House
An amendment filed by Representative Christine Barber, "to establish a special commission to study and report on childhood vision and eye health in the Commonwealth" has been included in the FY2018 House Ways and Means Budget.  This is a significant step forward for the Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition and others working to improve vision health outcomes for children statewide.  Thank you to Representative Barber and all who continue to advocate on behalf of the Coalition's mission.
 
MassHealth Care Plus Vision Benefits Protected 
Prevent Blindness Northeast Region joined other advocates in responding to proposed cuts to current benefits for eyeglasses and contact lenses in the Governor's FY 2018 budget.  These services were utilized by 41,000 MassHealth Care Plus members during the past year.  Advocacy efforts were successful in that the House Ways and Means Budget maintains the same level of vision services that were in effect in fiscal year 2017 for members enrolled in the Care Plus Program.

CVMA to Present at 
Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Conference
Typical and Atypical Vision Development: What Does It Mean for Early Intervention?
Danielle Ledoux, MD, Crandall Peeler, MD, and Bruce Moore, OD
Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:45am-12:45pm
Concord Room ; Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center Framingham, MA
Visit the PERCS website  to view conference brochure
CVMA Members Present at the 2017 National Head Start Association Conference
The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness organized and presented five sessions at the 2017 National Head Start Association Conference held in Chicago:  (1) New Performance Standards and Your Vision Screening Program (2) Putting Healthy Vision in Sight - Critical Steps for Your Program (3) Birth to Three Study:  Evaluation of a Novel Vision Screening Tool for Detection of Vision Disorders (4) From Birth to the 1st Birthday:  7 Critical Vision Development Milestones to Monitor (5) Implementing an Instrument-Based Vision Screening Program?  What You Need to Know.  CVMA members Bruce Moore, OD and Gayathri Srinivasan, OD joined Sandy Block, OD, Janet Schultz, PNP-BC, ARNP, Kay Nottingham Chaplin, Ed.D and Kira Baldonado as presenters.  For slides and handouts   http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/year-childrens-vision
Invitation to 2017 Infant Vision Social during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting
Prevent Blindness and its National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health   invite you to the 2017 Infant Vision Social during the Association for  Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick's, 711 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Attendance is free.
Click here to RSVP for the event.
Prevent Blindness 
Annual Focus on Eye Health  National Summit
Prevent Blindness will host the sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 28, 2017, from 7:30am-3:30pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  In response to the recent release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Report, " Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative:  Vision for Tomorrow ," the agenda will feature discussions around key pillars of public health such as health policy, surveillance, health promotion, and state/community programs.  For details about the free event and agenda, visit  www.preventblindness.org/eyesummit .

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