Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for 
Excellence  in Vision and Public Health
Bruce Moore, OD, Co-Chair Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition, New England College  of Optometry,  has been selected to be the recipient for the 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health. Among the highest honors Prevent Blindness bestows, the award is presented  annually to an individual, team, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, and/or national level. The award serves as a living memorial to Jenny Pomeroy, who served as the CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013 and brought a passionate understanding of public health to her work and the organization's mission. Dr. Moore will receive the award at the  Focus on Eye Health National Summit,  National Press Club  Washington, DC, on July 13, 2016. He will have the honor of being the closing plenary speaker at the Summit.
CVMA Geomap Accepted for 
American Optometric Association Annual Meeting
A poster titled,  Access to Eye Exams for Young Children in Massachusetts with Medicaid Insurance (Mass Health)  describing the Children's Vision Massachusetts Geomap Project, has been accepted for presentation at the 2016 American Optometric Association Meeting in Boston, July 1 and 2, 2016.  Congratulations to authors Quita Christison, MPH, Dan Prendergast, Katie Ulrich, MPH, Rebecca Deffler, Sarah Miller and Adriana Ferreira.
Welcome to New Coalition Partner
Harvard College VISION (Vision Impairment Screenings and Intervention for Optical Needs), a student group at Harvard University, is working to serve those in need of vision services in Greater Boston and in developing countries.  To support these efforts, CVMA will begin practice of collecting eyeglasses at future meetings to donate to this group . Last year, Harvard College VISION collected and distributed over 3,000 pairs of eyeglasses. 
Sponsors Needed!!!
Planning for the 2016 Children's Vision Massachusetts Summit, with events in Boston and Springfield, has begun and sponsors are needed!  The purpose of the Summit is to highlight programs and partnerships that support children's vision and eye health and present recent research that reports on the relationship between the status of a child's vision health and an assessment of his/her early literacy skills. Leaders in health, education and the legislature who are working to advance the vision health of children will be recognized and congratulated.  Please send suggestions regarding sponsors, and/or for further information, to Priscilla Kelangi, Manager of Communications and Resource Development, Prevent Blindness NE Region.  Thank you.
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