Building State Capacity

Assessing and Building Capacity of States to Improve Vision and Eye Health

The Vision Health Initiative is working with the National Association for Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to support state and territorial health departments to engage in activities designed to improve vision and eye health.

Current partnerships are with Alabama, Nebraska, and Ohio to:

  • Characterize public health burden of vision loss and eye disease through fact sheets and maps
  • Promote systems change and advance vision loss and eye health as public health priorities
  • Engage and convene stakeholders to identify promising strategies for improving access to vision and eye care throughout the state
  • Implement promising interventions to improve eye health and/or improve quality of life for persons with vision impairment
  • Develop state-level champion(s) for vision and eye health

Highlights from state collaborations include:


  • Creating state maps to illustrate prevalence of poverty, low vision and diabetes
  • Conducting the first Alabama Vision Summit with 100+ participants to discuss strategies to improve access to care
  • Producing radio PSAs to increase awareness of need for glaucoma screening
  • Highlighting PPOD (Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry) at provider conferences

For more information: Alabama PPODexternal icon

Alabama map; Poverty, Vision Loss, and Diabetes Prevalence by County

Nebraska Eye Health Initiative Fact Sheet graphic


  • Collecting data through a BRFSS vision module implemented at the state level
  • Developing new fact sheets on vision and eye health burden
  • Surveying FQHC’s (federally qualified health centers) to assess gaps in vision and eye health

For more information: Nebraska Eye Health Initiative pdf iconexternal icon


  • Conducting ongoing training of Matter of Balance coaches to explore falls and vision impairment
  • Developing tool kits, outlining how other states can develop an initiative like the Aging Eye Public Private Partnership
  • Engaging stakeholders in arenas such as the Ohio statehouse and Ohio legislative breakfast to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment of eye problems

For more information: Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnershipexternal icon

Ohio's Vision for Tomorrow ad