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CVMA collaborates with MA DPH on new state vision screening protocols

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), School Health Unit, released new children’s vision screening protocols to be implemented beginning September, 1, 2022.  The new protocols reflect 12+ months of collaborative work with MDPH by members of Children’s Vision Massachusetts (Co-Chairs Jean Ramsey MD, Bruce Moore OD and Paulette Tattersall, and CVMA member Shanyn Toulouse, MEd,

Children’s Vision Massachusetts Testifies at House Hearing on Behalf of ARPA Funding for Vision Screening

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight will be holding a virtual hearing on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding focusing on health care, mental health, substance use disorder, public health, and human services. Children’s Vision Massachusetts will be testifying to support an initiative from Representative Christine Barber for one-time

US Department of Education Voices From the Field: Interview with Paulette Tattersall

Paulette Tattersall DipPharm, MSc, is the Northeast Director of Prevent Blindness, a national organization whose mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight. She is also Co-Chair of Children’s Vision Massachusetts (CVMA), a 70-member coalition of parents, health professionals, educators and organizations who work together towards building a statewide systematic approach to vision care for

CVMA urges parents and caregivers to call their legislators to support the new vision bills

TWO new children’s vision bills  have been presented to this legislative session (both attached): H2231: “An Act improving child eye health” by Representative Christine Barber and Representative Sean Garballey, and S.136: “An Act improving child eye care”  by Senator Michael Moore Both follow the work of the Special Commission on Children’s Vision and Eye Health whose

Celebrate School Nurses Day on May 12!

Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. This year, building on the increased visibility of nurses’ contributions National Nurses’ Week has been expanded to Nurses Month in

CVMA Adds Support for CDC Vision Programs

CVMA coalition members signed on to a letter urging Senate and House Representatives to appropriate $5 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Vision and Eye Health program and $4 million for Glaucoma. This funding would allow the CDC to conduct critically needed national surveillance of devastating eye diseases and conditions, determine where

Children’s Vision Massachusetts Members “Visit” Capitol Hill

In late February, coalition members attended the annual advocacy event “Eyes on Capitol Hill” sponsored by Prevent Blindness. Over two days, CVMA advocates informed members of Congress about children’s vision and eye health, emphasizing the importance of early identification of vision problems. CVMA members told their vision stories, encouraging Congress to work toward policies such

Children’s Vision Digital Screen Tips and Resources

The increasing time children spend on digital devices has been a topic of conversation among parents and health professionals especially during this past 12 months. In response, Children's Vision Massachusetts, Prevent Blindness and School Health Corporation have partnered to produce and distribute a timely new resource. Children's Vision Digital Screen Tips is featured in the

CVMA Co-Chair Contributes to Collaborative Position Statement on Children’s Vision

In a first-time collaboration, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Optometry, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness have approved a joint Position Statement that underscores their shared commitment to childhood eye and vision care. Professor

Children’s Vision Massachusetts goes to Capitol Hill Virtually!

Children’s Vision MA joined Prevent Blindness Affiliate in participating in the sixteenth annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy event, held virtually this year, on Wed., Feb. 24 and Thurs., Feb. 25, 2021. The program brings together patients, caregivers, public health workers, and medical professionals with their elected officials to educate lawmakers and their staff on