Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
Study Reports Benefits of Improved Vision Accomplished through Universal Pre-Kindergarten Screening Programs
Three years ago, New York City set up universal, high quality pre-kindergarten programs for all 4-year-olds in the city; new research points to the preliminary health benefits of that program. Researchers analyzed health data of children enrolled in Medicaid. They found that the greater frequency of health screenings that came along with pre-K translated to an increased chance that kids would be diagnosed with asthma or vision problems, and a greater likelihood that hearing or vision issues would receive treatment. The researchers say universal pre-K might be speeding up the process of catching conditions that would otherwise delay a child's learning or lead to behavioral problems once they're in kindergarten. 
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
May 8, 2017 at 10:45am
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA
Visit the PERCS website  to view conference brochure
Call for Nominations - 2017 Bonnie Strickland Award
The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is pleased to announce the call for nominations for its third annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children's Vision Award.    The Award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children's vision and eye health at the state or national level.  The deadline for submission is June 16, 2017.
All those who are interested in applying, please click here.
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 .

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