The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness is now accepting applications for a new Community of Practice, peer-to-peer learning activity, to assist states and communities in improving the vision and eye health of children ages 5 years old and younger.
The Community of Practice, titled Better Vision Together, will support 5-10 state- and community-level teams who 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 selected for the Better Vision Together Community of Practice 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.
All state/community teams engaging in the Community of Practice will:
To be considered for participation in the Better Vision Together Community of Practice, applicants should have:
The Better Vision Together Community of Practice application will be online here on Friday January 4, 2019. Applications are due Monday, February 25, 2019. Don’t miss out on this important learning opportunity! Learn more about children’s vision and eye health.
Watch the webinar video to learn more about the Better Vision Together program and application process
All teams interested in participating must submit applications by Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MT, 3:00 pm PST. Successful applicants will be notified on March 15, 2019. Project work will begin upon each team signs the Memorandum of Understanding with the NCCVEH.
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)
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.
The mission of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) is to improve the systems that address children’s vision and eye health. To accomplish this mission, the NCCVEH is developing a coordinated public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care for young children. This coordinated approach to vision health for children leads to a uniform implementation of successful screening and eye health programs, increased follow-up to eye care and treatment, improved surveillance, and stakeholder engagement.Learn More
For more information, please email Donna Fishman, Director, NCCVEH, at [email protected].