The Community of Practice, titled Better Vision Together, will support 5-10 state- and community-level teams that wish to improve vision and eye health in at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children ages 0 to 5 years old.  This Community of Practice will allow the teams to engage with their peers via regular communication, seek advice from experts, share resources and best practices, and identify solutions to shared issues that may include (but are not limited to) needed policy changes, evidence-based vision screening, improving access to eye care, parent/caregiver engagement, public awareness and education, and collection of vision data.

Five state/community teams have been selected for the Better Vision Together Community of Practice and will receive an annual $10,000 stipend over the period of 3 years in return for providing process and outcomes measures data.  An additional 5 additional state/community teams will be selected to participate in the COP but will not receive stipends or be required to provide outcomes data. 

Project Background

The Better Vision Together Community of Practice is part of the Vision Screening in Young Children project, funded by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Grant #H7MMC24738). The overall project’s goal is to improve eye health in at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children by the year 2021 in at least 5 states by implementing the public health actions (systems-level change) and building on proven best practices in such a way that diverse stakeholders are empowered to address state-level needs for children’s vision while adhering to evidence-based approaches.

Long-Term Outcomes for States participating in the Community of Practice (COP)

  1. At least 75% of the states participating in the COP have preschool age vision screening programs aligned with evidence-based and expert informed guidelines.
  2. Increase from baseline by 25% the number of families and caregivers participating as advisors and partners in state efforts (a minimum of 10% should be from underserved or rural populations) among states working with the COP.
  3. Increase from baseline by 10% the number of children 5 years and younger for whom receipt of a vision screening in the National Survey of Children’s Health is reported for those states working with the COP.

This project is supported by the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $300,000 with a percentage financed by non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of, nor endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.