Nominations Open For Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award


The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is pleased to announce the call for nominations for its fourth annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award!

The Award recognizes significant efforts by an individual, or group of individuals, to improve public health approaches for children’s vision at the state or national level.  The deadline for submission is June 15, 2018.

The award was established by the NCCVEH Advisory Committee to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children’s vision in the United States.  Strickland served as Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau prior to her retirement in 2014.

Nominees for the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award may include individuals (such as a parent advocate, legislator, or professional) or a group comprised of diverse stakeholders, including family and community leaders, who are implementing changes to improve children’s vision and eye health in the United States.  Nominees should demonstrate an impact in one or more areas of a public health system supporting children’s vision:

  • Key Stakeholder Engagement or Collaboration, including representation from families and diverse racial/ethnic/geographic and socio-economic levels target populations
  • Training and Education
  • Public Awareness
  • Provision of Resources and/or Services
  • Surveillance and Accountability
  • Reduction of Health Disparities
  • Infrastructure Development- Local, State, or National Level

The all-volunteer Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award Committee will review all nominations and select the award winner. The award will be presented at the NCCVEH annual meeting, Aug. 4, 2018, in Alexandria, Va.  The award consists of a commemorative plaque, recognition and opportunity to present at the Annual Meeting, and roundtrip airfare for one to Alexandria, Va., along with one night of lodging.  The award recipient will be featured on the website for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health with an overview of their program.

Past recipients of the Award include the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC), based at the Boston Children’s Hospital, the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) at Princeton Vision Clinic, based at the Illinois College of Optometry, and Sean P. Donahue, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University.

All those who are interested in applying may go directly to:

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