March 14, 2016

Call for Applications Issued for Initiative to Improve Children's Vision

Girl With Vision Impairment

The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) and NICHQ are issuing a call for applications to public health professionals, early educators, community vision programs, eye care professionals, primary healthcare provider groups and family advocates to join the quality improvement collaborative, Improving Children's Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support.

The mission of this collaborative is to achieve, in 18 months, improvements in the systems supporting children's vision and eye health in a minimum of five carefully selected states. The result will be comprehensive and coordinated approaches to children's vision and eye health and a reduced prevalence of vision problems in hard-to-reach populations of young children. The project aim is to increase by 20 percent over 2011-2012 levels (according to the National Survey of Children's Health measure) the proportion of children aged 5 years and younger who receive vision screening and diagnosis in five states by the year 2018. The goals that will lead to the project aim include:

  • Strengthening statewide partnerships and coordination among key stakeholders in children's vision and eye health
  • Increasing access to and utilization of vision health services in hard-to-reach communities
  • Increasing early detection and treatment of vision problems
  • Establishing state-level surveillance
  • Implementing vision health system measures of accountability
All teams interested in participating must submit applications via an online portal by April 25, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. Applications will be selected and parties notified by May 23, 2016.

An online webinar, "Office Hours," will be conducted by the NCCVEH and NICHQ on March 29, 2016 to provide additional information including an overview of the project, a walk-through of the online application process, and answer potential questions. Interested participants can register for free.

"Back in 1908, Prevent Blindness was founded to help protect the gift of sight in newborns," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. "We continue that legacy today with programs like the Improving Children's Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support initiative. By working with expert teams at the state level, we can continue to share ideas, and discover and implement the best strategies to keep our kids on the path to a lifetime of healthy vision."

"Early vision screening and diagnosis is essential to a child's long-term development, so it is crucial that state-level vision programs, and the systems that support the programs, are optimized for success," said NICHQ Director of Programs, Meghan Johnson, MSc.

For more information about the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support project or children’s vision health topics, please visit, or contact Kira Baldonado at (800) 331-2020 or


NICHQ is an independent, nonprofit organization working for nearly two decades to improve children’s health. We help organizations and professionals who share this mission make breakthrough improvements so children and families live healthier lives. For more information about NICHQ, go to you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please call or email Cindy Hutter at or 617-391-2757. 

Prevent Blindness and its National Center for Children's Vision and Eye HealthFounded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. In 2009, Prevent Blindness established the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, with funding and leadership support from the HRSA- Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Serving as a major resource for the establishment of a public health infrastructure, the National Center advances and promotes children’s vision and eye care, providing leadership and training to public entities throughout the United States. The National Center is advised by a committee of national experts and leaders from the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, nursing, family advocates and public health to guide the work and recommendations of the Center. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at or