State Participants Named for Initiative to Improve Children’s Vision

Source: Prevent Blindness

As part of the "Improving Children's Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support initiative," the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) have selected three states to participate in the collaborative aimed at making improvements in the systems supporting children's vision and eye health, with a special focus on reducing the prevalence of vision problems in hard-to-reach populations of young children, according to a Prevent Blindness news release.
Arizona, Ohio and Wyoming will join the 3-year Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded project (HRSA grant number H7MMC24738) led by the NCCVEH and the NICHQ.
The project will employ quality improvement principles and practices to implement systems-level changes that will:
·       Strengthen statewide partnerships and coordination among key stakeholders in children’s vision and eye health
·       Increase access to and utilization of vision health services in hard to reach communities
·       Increase early detection and treatment of vision problems
·       Establish state-level surveillance approaches
·       Implement vision health system measures of accountability
“We look forward to working closely with our new partners in Arizona, Ohio, and Wyoming to help ensure our children are given the sight-saving services they need to put them on a path to a lifetime of healthy vision,” Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in the news release. “We also thank the NICHQ staff for their leadership and assistance in implementing this important program.”
“We’re excited about this collaboration and committed to supporting these states to increase the proportion of children aged 5 years and younger who receive vision screening and diagnosis by 20 percent by 2018,” NICHQ Director of Programs, Meghan Johnson, MSc, said in the news release. “We’re confident that NICHQ’s expertise in quality improvement and leading multi-state virtual learning collaboratives will help these teams reach this important goal.”

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