Mass Health Releases New Web-based Resources on Vision Benefits

For the past 3 years, members of CVMA have regularly met with the Director of Vision Services at Mass Health with the goal of improving access to eye care for all Mass Health patients. Recently, Mass Health released a new web-based resource to help members better understand their Mass Health vision benefits. Find out more

New Massachusetts Vision Screening Protocols – Newsletter of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), in partnership with expert consultants from Children’s Vision Massachusetts (CVMA) and Prevent Blindness, recently updated the Massachusetts Preschool through Grade 12 Vision Screening Protocols Read the article in the Newsletter of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

CVMA members provide Massachusetts School Nurse Clinical Update Training Series

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), School Health Unit, and the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, CVMA members have produced a 4-part webinar series through the Boston University Shield program at the School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development.  The webinar series supports school

CVMA collaborates with MA DPH on new state vision screening protocols

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), School Health Unit, released new 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