VIP Study Group Receives Award

Congratulations to The Ohio State University College of Optometry's Professor Emeritus Paulette Schmidt (OD’73, MS’76) and the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group, the 2018 recipients of the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award (Group Category). The Advisory Committee of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health recognized the work of Dr. Schmidt (Chair, VIP Study Group) and VIP at its Annual Meeting on August 4 in Arlington, VA.

About the award: The Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The award was established in 2014 by the Advisory Committee of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children’s vision in the US. She served as Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau before her retirement in 2014. Bonnie is a powerful force, driving improved vision for children through strong national partnerships, innovative program approaches, and improved national surveillance.