For Immediate Release

Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition to Hold Summit to

Help Address Children’s Eye Health Issues and Discuss Vision’s Impact on Learning Vision and Learning: Making the Connection

With Events in Eastern MA and Western MA


- State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Representative Christine Barber to Provide Remarks on Needs and Strategies to Improve Children’s Vision

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Bruce Moore, OD, Receives Jenny Pomeroy Award in Washington DC

Bruce Moore, OD, Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies, New England College of Optometry, and Co-Chair of Children’s Vision Massachusetts, was presented with the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health at the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, National Press Club, Washington, DC, on July 13, 2016.

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Members of CVMA Coalition and Prevent Blindness as Advocates at Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Prevent Blindness held its 11th annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” program on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  Members of Children's Vision Massachusetts Coalition and Prevent Blindness met with congressional and senate members, and their staff to advocate about vision and eye health, specifically about children's vision care issues. It was a large group of members representing Massachusetts this year. The members included eye doctors, student, educator, and a parent. 

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Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition Receives the 2016 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Excellence Award

Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition received the 2016 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Excellence Award in the category of Collaboration at a ceremony at that State House this morning. Seven awards were presented from a field of over 200 nominees. The program included remarks from Senate President Rosenberg, House Speaker DeLeo, Secretary of Education Peyser and members of the business community and non-profit sector.   

Coalition Co-chair Bruce Moore did a fabulous job representing the coalition in acceptance comments made to a capacity audience in the Hall of Flags. The Coalition was also recognized through presentation of three citations from Rep. Christine Barber, Rep. Alice Peisch, Co-chair of the Education Committee, and Rep. Michelle DuBois at a reception before the event

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Melrose Resident Heads to Washington to  Advocate for Support for Programs, Research to Save Sight

Erin DiSanto, Joins Prevent Blindness Delegation from Massachusetts to Discuss the Importance of Vision and Eye Health 

Boston, MA (June 30, 2016) – Melrose resident, Erin DiSanto will join delegates from across the country for the 11th annual Prevent Blindness “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy day on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  Citizens from across the United States will have the opportunity to meet with House and Senate members, and their staff, to discuss vision care issues.

Ms. DiSanto is a Prevent Blindness volunteer and member of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts coalition.  As the mother of a preschooler who is dependent on eyeglasses, she is acutely aware of the important role vision plays in child development. When her son was 15 months old, she observed that one of his eyes ‘wandered’ and noticed that he was pulling toys close to his face.  His first eye exam identified a vision condition that requires prescription eyeglasses. 

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June 14, 2016: A Nurse in EVERY School: By Eva Marie Stahl, PhD, Director at Community Catalyst Children's Health Project

While school nurses have long been recognized for their vital role in supporting children’s educational success through better health, there is increasing recognition that school nurses are integral to reforming our health care delivery system. School nurses are the eyes and ears of the school community; being physically present throughout the school day makes them uniquely positioned to be a child’s health care touch point across multiple settings, from the classroom to the physician’s office. 

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June 8, 2016: Legislative Briefing

Rep. Christine Barber was joined at the State House yesterday by members of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition for a briefing on Children’s Vision Screening in Massachusetts. 

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Children's Vision Massachusetts 2016 Summit

You are invited to join educators, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, pediatricians, nurses, parents, legislators, public health professionals and others for a program that will:

  • Focus on the impact a child’s vision health has on the acquisition of early literacy skills and learning
  • Recognize and celebrate individuals, partners and organizations in Massachusetts dedicated to the coalition’s vision that all children have the opportunity to develop their best possible vision

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