The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality have chosen Arizona, Ohio and Wyoming to participate in a collaborative program called “Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders and Support initiative.” The goal of this effort is to improve the existing systems which support children’s vision and eye health, especially in hard-to-reach populations of young children who are at highest risk for vision problems.
Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the project will take place over the course of three years and will focus on the following improvements:
- Strengthening statewide partnerships and coordination among key stakeholders in children’s vision and eye health
- Increasing access to and utilization of vision health services in hard-to-reach communities
- Increasing early detection and treatment of vision problems
- Establishing state-level surveillance approaches
- Implementing vision health system measures of accountability
Meghan Johnson, M.Sc., National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), is serving as the director of the programs. Johnson said, on behalf of the NICHQ, that she is confident that this multi-state learning collaborative will meet its goals. “We’re excited about this collaboration and committed to supporting these states increasing the proportion of children aged 5 years and younger who receive vision screening by 20 percent by 2018,” she said (Source: Healio).