The federal government works to prevent vision loss and eye disorders largely through programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Investments in these programs support activities like developing a public health infrastructure to
promote and ensure a continuum of vision and eye health care for children, conducting surveillance of the rates of vision impairment and eye disease, and performing research and pilot programs to develop effective prevention and early detection interventions.
By sending a message to your Members of Congress, you amplify the work of Prevent Blindness and others in the vision community to ensure that the funding available to these programs is enough to allow them to do this important work.
Thank you for being a voice for vision!
Dear [Decision Maker],
On behalf of Prevent Blindness , I am writing to respectfully request that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill include funding in the amount of: - $1,000,000 for the Vision Health Initiative (visual screening education line) and - $3,319,000 for the Glaucoma Program,both at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, I request that you support the inclusion of report language strengthening the CDC's Vision Health Initiative and encouraging continued investment in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health (the Center) within HRSA.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]