Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
Eyes That Thrive in School: 
A Program to Support Vision Treatment Plans at School
Catherine Johnson, OD; Katherine Majzoub, RN, MBA; Stacy Lyons, OD; Karine Martirosyan, MD, MPH; Paulette Tattersall, DipPharm,MSc,  Eyes That Thrive in School: A Program to Support Vision Treatment Plans at School i s  published in the Journal of School Health (May).  Developed by members of the Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition, Eyes that Thrive in School  is designed to deliver classroom based care of prescribed vision treatment plans for children who have been diagnosed with vision conditions.  Program activities include education to school staff and parents; use of individualized Vision Action Plans; classroom based eye glasses (Two Pair); and access to ongoing consultation with eye care professionals for health managers and families. For more information contact Priscilla Kelangi.
The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness has released its latest report 
Children's Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues.    The report includes national prevalence rates for various vision conditions, discusses access to care issues, provides a list of school vision screening rates and requirements by state, offers examples of effective state program approaches, and includes a state-by-state breakdown of regulations related to school-age and preschool-age vision screening. The report is central to the NPR interview with Kira Baldonado, Director of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, You Can't Learn What You Can't See.
Prevent Blindness 2016 National Summit 
Prevent Blindness will host the fifth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 13, 2016, from 7:30am-3:00pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year's theme, Vision to Action - Collaborating around a National Strategy, focusing on recommendations brought forth in a new Health and Medicine Division report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health. CVMA Coalition Co-Chair Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry, will be presented the 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health at the Summit. Registration is free, but seating is limited.  Register at .
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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