255404 National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health- establishing a coordinated, comprehensive approach to children's vision screening in the U.S

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Kira Baldonado , National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health, Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL
Jeff Todd, JD , Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL
Approximately 5 to 10 percent of preschool age children have vision problems, with between 1 and 4 percent of these having amblyopia, and an estimated 5 to 7 percent having refractive errors. While it is understood that early identification and treatment of health problems typically reduce complications and lead to improved health outcomes there is no consistent protocol nationally for training, tracking, or even conducting vision screenings in the primary care or childcare environments. Prevent Blindness America, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau established the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) to address these issues surrounding children's vision screening.

NCCVEH focuses on three areas: (1) To provide leadership in the development of best practices and guidelines for a public health infrastructure, and strategies that ensure a continuum of vision care for children; (2) To determine mechanisms for advancing state-based performance improvement systems, screening guidelines, and uniform data collection and reporting; (3) To work in collaboration with state pilot programs to implement state-based best practices.

This session will outline the NCCVEH's recommendations to enhance the system of vision care for children including approaches to data collection and surveillance.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. To describe a coordinated approach to vision screening in young children among multi-stakeholder environments. 2. To identify ways public health professionals can integrate national recommendations for children’s vision screening into their professional responsibilities.

Keywords: Children, Vision Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director for the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health I oversee all programs as well as the National Expert Panel which developed the national recommendations for a universal approach to children's vision screening.
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.