227026 Vision care and the education reform

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Gergana Kodjebacheva, PhD, MA , Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Siyka Bozukova, BS , Department of Genetics, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Leobardo F. Estrada, PhD , Department of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
The central focus of the education reform in the United States is to prepare children for college through the "Make College a Reality" initiative. Untreated visual impairment is one factor that may interfere with children's ability to enter college since such impairment has been associated with decreased academic achievement and high school dropout. The presentation begins with a discussion of the genetic, racial/ethnic, and environmental factors associated with visual impairment. It describes current Department of Education guidelines for the vision screening of children. It presents case studies regarding the use of professional versus school vision screening in school-aged children in different U.S. states. The presentation depicts proposed legislation to increase vision care among school-aged children. It evaluates intervention approaches to improve the vision health of children in other nations. The presentation proposes education policy solutions to increasing vision care and adherence to vision care recommendations in school-aged children. The emphasis is on reform through coordination involving different parties since vision care issues are affected by child, family, peer, school, and provider determinants.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe legislation and Department of Education guidelines that help increase access to vision care among children List states with different vision care requirements in schools Identify pros and cons of the existing requirements and guidelines

Keywords: School Health, Vision Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My dissertation focused on visual impairment among school-aged children from three school districts. I am the Principal Investigator of the Study on Vision Health among School-Aged Children examined by the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic. I am also the Principal Investigator of an ongoing intervention to improve the vision health of children.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.