Action: Programs and Policy
Public health programs aim to prevent diseases and conditions by promoting healthy lifestyles, changing the health system to encourage appropriate provider and patient behaviors, and removing barriers to access to eye care while improving facilitators to access. Programs, policies, and systems should focus their priorities upon all life stages to increase awareness of vision health and vision disorders, prevent unnecessary vision loss, and promote the health of people with vision loss. CDC/VHI’s programs and policy are strengthened by—
- Enhancing the role of existing state and community public health agencies to foster vision health.
- Facilitating strategic partnerships to preserve, protect, and enhance vision health.
- Collaborating with key stakeholders to develop coordinated national public health approaches for people with or at risk for vision loss and blindness to improve health and community participation.
- Integrating vision health into state and national public health practice and policy.
- Integrating vision health into public health systems, national health policy, and standards of care.
- Promoting proven evidence-based, cost-effective interventions in states and communities.
- Recommending health care policies to improve vision health.
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