Massachusetts is one of five pilot states participating in a Prevent Blindness America/Maternal and Child Health Bureau award. Managed through the Northeast Regional office, goals focus on three core elements:
More than forty Massachusetts professionals representing the fields of optometry, ophthalmology, pediatrics, family practice, nursing, education and public health, as well as parents and advocates, have been working for the past twenty months to achieve these goals as members of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts coalition. A careful analysis of current practice is underway and over the next three to six months, strategic areas of focus will be identified, and solutions developed.
Organizations, agencies and institutions represented in the coalition include:
American Academy of Pediatrics MA Chapter;Associated Early Care and Education; Boston Medical Center; Boston Public Health Commission; Boston Public Schools; Boston University School of Communications; Boston University School of Public Health; Children’s Hospital Boston; East Boston Neighborhood Health Center; EK Shriver Center, UMass Medical Center; Emerson College; Federation for Children with Special Needs/MA Family Voices; Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Massachusetts General Hospital; MA DDS, Division of Vision & Vision Loss Services; MA Head Start Association; MA Department of Early Education and Care; MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education; MA School Nurse Organization; MA Coordinated School Health Program (MA DESE and MDPH)MA School Health Institute; MA League of Community Health Centers; MA Association for the Parents of the Visually Impaired; MA Academy of Family Physicians; MDPH Div of Perinatal, Early Childhood & Special Health Needs; MDPH Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program; MDPH School Health Services; MDPH Women, Infants and Children Program; MDPH Office of Specialty Services; MDPH Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems; New England College of Optometry; Perkins School for the Blind; Prevent Blindness America
Project Objectives are to: