Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
Vision and Learning: Making the Connection 

Eastern MA: October 20, 2016; 7:30am- 10am
Boston Children's Museum, Boston, MA
Western MA: October 24, 2016; 8:00am-11am 
Whitney Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

Eastern MA Children's Vision Massachusetts Recognition Awards Announced
Regulatory Champion : Massachusetts Division of Insurance
School Vision Champions : Massachusetts School Nurses
Pediatric Leadership Award : Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's Hospital
Health and Education Award : ABCD Head Start and School Nurses, Boston Public Schools
With thanks to Partners of ABCD Head Start & Boston Public Schools Vision Health Programs:
New England College of Optometry;  Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Opticianry Program;  2020 On-Site Optometry; and  City Connects.

Western MA Event Speakers Confirmed
Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Senate President, Massachusetts Senate
Charlotte Boney, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Baystate Children's Hospital
Frank Robinson, PhD, VP Baystate Community Relations & Public Health
Nonie Lesaux, PhD, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Bruce Moore, OD, CVMA Co-chair, New England College of Optometry
Carolyn Lyons, Senior Consultant, the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Andy Balder, MD, Mason Square Neighborhood Health, Springfield, MA
Gladys Rivera, Education Director, Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield Head Start
Gary Wolf, OD, Palmer, MA
Veronica Perez, Parent, Springfield, MA
Sally Fuller, Project Director, Davis Foundation

Western MA Children's Vision Massachusetts Recognition Awards Announced
Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition Recognition Awards for the Western MA Event will be presented to Partners for a Healthier Community; Baystate General Pediatrics High Street Health Center; EyeSEE Early Education Pilot Sites; Gentex Adopt-a-School Program; and Lions District Y33.

The events will provide an opportunity for health care providers, educators, public health professionals, parents, and policy makers to engage in discussion related to the need for (1) improved access to pediatric vision care in Massachusetts (2) a statewide system for follow-up of children who are at risk of, or diagnosed with, a vision problem (3) a public health campaign to elevate awareness regarding the critical role vision plays in child development and learning.

Registration is now OPEN but seating is limited, if you plan to attend, please register early:

CVMA Poster Presented at 
AOA Annual Meeting 
Quita Christison, MPH and Stacy Lyons, OD; presenting Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition survey project, Access to Eye Exams for Young Children in Massachusetts with Medicaid Insurance, at the 2016 American Optometric Association Annual Meeting, July, 2016, Boston, MA
Bruce Moore, OD, Receives Prevent Blindness 
2016  Jenny Pomeroy Award in Washington DC
Bruce Moore, OD and Hugh Parry, CEO, Prevent Blindness
Bruce Moore, OD, Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies, New England College of Optometry, and Co-Chair of Children's Vision Massachusetts, received the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health at the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, National Press Club, Washington, DC, on July 13, 2016. 

Dr. Moore's talk, Children's Vision 2016 - Where We Are and Where We Need to Go, discussed three areas of concern related to children's vision health in the US: limited awareness; limited access; and limited interest (amongst providers). He concluded with a Call to Action rooted in collaboration. He qualified 'collaboration' as  "not just among eye doctors, but with professionals in primary health care, early education, elementary and secondary education, public health, government, and parents".  Dr. Moore concluded his remarks by stating that "we must come together and provide the leadership required to improve the vision health of children thereby supporting their overall development and eliminating barriers to learning created by undetected and/or untreated vision problems". 
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Prevent Blindness and CVMA Coalition Members as Advocates at Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Members of Prevent Blindness and Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition made visits to the Massachusetts Delegation during the Prevent Blindness, Eyes on Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, July, 2016, Washington DC.
Prevent Blindness is launching The Focus Initiative, a virtual forum for those working in vision and public health. This professional network encourages the sharing of resources (research, webinars, events, etc.) among the vision and public health community. The Focus Initiative will include webinars, LinkedIn group, public health resources and reports, research grants and professional recognition, and training resources.  To view the wealth of information and resources, visit . The LinkedIn group will encourage sharing of new research, information and events among the vision and public health community. To join, visit . To launch The Focus Initiative, we are announcing its first webinar on the release of the upcoming National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Consensus Study on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Registration information will released in the upcoming weeks. To stay updated on the webinar registration, join   The FocusInitiative LinkedIn group.
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