Children's Vision Massachusetts Newsletter
2016 Massachusetts Nonprofit Excellence Award
The Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition was awarded the 2016 Massachusetts Nonprofit Excellence Award in Collaboration
at a State House Ceremony that included remarks from Senate President Rosenberg, House Speaker DeLeo, Secretary of Education Peyser, and leaders from the business community and non-profit sector. Citations from Governor Baker, Representative Barber, Representative Peisch, and Representative DuBois were presented to the Coalition at the event. Coalition Co-chairs Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry and Kathy Majzoub, RN, Director, Northeast Region, Prevent Blindness, accepted the award on behalf of the Coalition.

Vision and Learning: Making the Connection 
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Eastern MA Event: October 20, 2016 7:30am-10am,  Boston Children's Museum
Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Bonnie Strickland, PhD,  Retired as Dir. of the Division for Children with Special Healthcare Needs MCHB, HRSA
Marilyn Augustyn, MD,  Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Reach Out and Read
Bruce Moore, OD,  Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies, New England College of Optometry
Louis Vernacchio, MD, Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's Hospital
Katie Vozeolas, SBN, RN, NCSN, Nurse Supervisor, Haverhill Public Schools
E rin DiSanto, Parent Advocate, Volunteer, Prevent Blindness
Western MA Event: October 24, 2016 8-11am Whitney Conference Center, Holyoke, MA
Charlotte Boney, MD,  Chair Department of Pediatrics, Baystate Children's Hospital; Baystate Medical Center
Frank Robinson, PhD,  VP, Baystate Community Relations & Public Health
Noni Lesaux, PhD,  Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Bruce Moore, OD, Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies, New England College of Optometry
Carolyn Lyons, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Sally Fuller, Project Director, Davis Foundation
Gary Wolf, OD, Optometrist, Palmer, MA
Veronica Perez, Parent Advocate, Volunteer, Prevent Blindness
Update from the State House 

Legislators and staff learned about the need for a statewide data system to support vision health for children at a Legislative Briefing hosted by Rep. Christine Barber.  Many thanks to Rep. Barber, Children's Vision MA presenters Erin DiSanto, Joan Lowbridge-Sisley, Bruce Moore and Jean Ramsey, and coalition members, legislators and legislative staff who attended the briefing.

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on School Nurses
Congratulations to Children's Vision MA member Anne Sheetz, Lead Author of Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services, PEDIATRICS June 2016.  The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement calling for the inclusion of at least one full-time registered nurse in every school to help manage school-aged youths' increasingly complex health needs. The AAP also urges increased collaboration between pediatricians and school nurses to improve students' health and safety.  School nurses play a major role in supporting improved vision health outcomes for children through vision screening and case management of children referred to comprehensive eye exams.
The Focus on Eye Health National Summit - Prevent Blindness
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Network and collaborate  with colleagues from around the country dedicated to improving vision and eye health and public health policy
Strategize methods and program ideas around the forthcoming National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (HMD) report on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health
Learn from leaders in the fields of vision and eye health and public health
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