Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support
This project aims to increase the detection and diagnosis of visual impairment in children aged five years and younger by enhancing the capacity of state public health agencies to use and apply quality improvement principles and practices to implement universal vision screening for preschool-aged children.
September 2015 to August 2018
- Who: Improvement teams in Arizona, Ohio and Wyoming
- Funder: The project is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal Child Health Bureau and led by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health and Prevent Blindness.
- Our Role: Facilitate a virtual, modified Breakthrough Series learning collaborative to jointly identify challenges, interventions, implementation and measurement related to implementing universal vision screening for preschool-aged children.
A Proactive Approach to Early Children’s Vision Screening
As part of the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support (ICV) initiative, NICHQ is helping three states to develop comprehensive, coordinated approaches to improving vision and eye health for children under age 5. Introducing a systems-level approach can best overcome geographic and economic obstacles, and navigate the various components of state and community health systems.
Family Partners Help Create Sustainable Change
Parents of children with special health needs become experts on their children’s condition in a way that doctors and administrators cannot. Their countless hours on the front line, navigating the healthcare system and other community resources, gives them invaluable insight into how these systems work (and do not work) for them.
Building Stronger Systems for Better Children’s Vision Care
“Right now we have individual siloed programs that try to address children’s vision, whether it’s a school-based screening program or a community group or at pediatric primary care practices,” says National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness Director Kira Baldonado. “They’re all working in different ways with potentially different outcomes, which leads to a lot of confusion and duplication of services for the parents. That needs to change, so that we’re making sure we get the necessary preventive services to the right populations.”
Improving Blurry Pediatric Practices for a Better Vision Health System
NICHQ is working to develop systems around vision and eye health for children ages 5 years old and younger. Currently, child vision assessments happen in many different settings—primary care offices, schools, public health clinics, community events. While exposure to assessments is a good start, each setting has its own standards, approaches and tools. This can result in different assessment outcomes.