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Improving the nation's vision health; a coordinated public health approach
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    Executive Summary -- Introduction -- The Burden of Vision Loss -- Vision Health Across the Lifespan -- The Current Status of Care -- Developing the Framework for a Comprehensive, Integrated Initiative -- An Integrated Framework -- Strategies to Improve Vision Health -- Sector Opportunities and Activities -- Next Steps -- -- Appendix A. Expert contributors -- Appendix B. Healthy people 2010 summary of objectives -- Appendix C. BRFSS (2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System questionnaire) -- Appendix D. Barriers to care for major eye diseases

    "The importance of vision and eye health has been recognized with the introduction of vision objectives in Healthy People 2010, a national disease prevention initiative that identifies opportunities to improve the health of all Americans. Furthermore, the National Commission of Prevention Priorities has identified vision screening among adults aged 65 years and older as one of the top 10 priority areas for effective clinical preventive services that can be offered in medical settings. To meet these vision objectives, it is essential to build on existing vision health and other health programs, resources, and priorities to create a more coordinated public health approach that not only conveys the urgency of the problem to decision makers and the public but also includes strategies to reach different age groups and high-risk populations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Vision Health Initiative (VHI) located within the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), has begun the effort by involving a wide range of stakeholders in the design of a coordinated public health framework to prevent blindness and vision impairment. It is intended that this report will assist CDC and other public health champions in developing and implementing more comprehensive and detailed strategies that will reduce the burden of vision impairment and eye diseases for all Americans during the next decade and beyond." - p. 3.

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    Conveners: Michael Duenas, Jinan Saaddine, Vision Health Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation. ; Bibliography: p. 53-54. ;
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