JULY 2024

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Enjoy a Safe and Happy Summer!

Celebrate the Fourth of July safely! Sparklers and other consumer fireworks caused an estimated 2,100 emergency department-treated injuries to children between the ages of 0-14 from June 16–July 16, 2023.


Summer is a time for fun, and we hope your students are spending time outdoors and away from digital devices. Celebrate safely this summer and leave fireworks to the professionals. Also remember to wear sunglasses and remind your students and their families about wearing sunglasses (see resources below). See below for some exciting opportunities for you to take part in.

Summit Session Preview:

Seeing and Hearing Children's Vision Needs

Wednesday, July 10, 2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. ET

This roundtable discussion will address the need for and importance of policy around children's vision and eye health services.

Moderator: Phil Goglas II, MPAP

Moderator: Philip Goglas II, MPAP

Managing Partner

Health and Medicine Council LLC

Sara D. Brown, MPA Director of Government Affairs, Prevent Blindness

Sara D. Brown, MPA

Director of Government Affairs

Prevent Blindness

Shanyn A. Toulouse, DNP, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN Northeast Regional School Nurse Consultant Haverhill Public Schools

Shanyn A. Toulouse, DNP, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

Northeast Regional School Nurse Consultant

Haverhill Public Schools

Karen Woodhouse Director, Eyes on Learning

Karen Woodhouse

Director

Eyes on Learning

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H.R. 8400, the Early Detection of Vision Impairments for Children (EDVI) Act of 2024, would improve the vision and eye health of children across the United States by providing funding and technical assistance to states and communities to establish or enhance systems of care for children’s vision and eye health through early detection and intervention models for vision screening, referrals to eye care, and follow-up to eye care. Passage of this act would create the first-ever federal program and funding stream to support vision and eye health for children in the United States!


Join us in supporting the passage of the EDVI Act by contacting your members of Congress. Take action today.


Find state fact sheets on vision screening and eye care here.


If you work for an organization that can endorse legislation, please read our letter here and sign on here by July 8, 2024.

Prevent Blindness Children's Vision Screening Training Course

Unless vision screeners are trained and certified in a standardized program that promotes evidence-based protocols, children and students may participate in vision screening with different tools and procedures depending on where they reside or which programs and schools they attend. This varied approach leads to potential under-referrals and inconsistencies that can drive inequalities in children’s vision, eye care, and eye health in the United States.


To help ensure a consistent and standardized approach, the Prevent Blindness Children's Vision Screening Certification Course provides training and national certification in evidence-based children's vision screening protocols and techniques. The course also highlights ways to help decrease the gap between vision screening referrals and confirmatory eye examinations. In addition to online modules, the course provides individualized virtual skills mentoring sessions using teach-back methodology to ensure screeners use tools correctly and are comfortable with how they screen vision and follow up with families. This nationally recognized certification is valid for 3 years. You will also receive 5 contact hours for professional development.

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