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November 1, 2022

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PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Department of Health Announces$1 million for the Vision for Baltimore partnership

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced $1 million in funding for the Vision for Baltimore partnership to provide 8,000 vision screenings to elementary and middle school students at 62 Baltimore public schools by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

The announcement came during a celebration of 10,000 pairs of glasses donated through a partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University, the non-profit provider Vision To Learn and lifestyle brand Warby Parker.

Dr. Mark Martin, MDH’s Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities, speaks to students, staff and guests at the Vision for Baltimore Partnership Event, held at ft. Worthington Elementary/Middle School.

Launched in 2016, Vision for Baltimore ensures elementary and middle school students in Baltimore receive eyeglasses, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

IMG-0102.jpgVision To Learn National Director of Operations Wade Brown and MDH Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities Dr. Mark Martin present a new prescribed pair of glasses to a Baltimore City student

“Lower-income families are less likely to receive preventive care,” said Dr. Mark Martin, MDH’s director of minority health and health disparities. “Barriers to essential services like eye screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses significantly affect a student’s ability to learn. This new funding will continue to be a tremendous benefit to students and families, giving them access to resources right where the child is already – in the school building – in the heart of the Baltimore community.

MDH’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) is dedicated to achieving health equity where all individuals and communities have the opportunity and access to achieve and maintain good health. To learn more, visit MHHD.

MDH’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is dedicated to reducing health inequities and improving the health and well-being of all individuals, families, and communities in Maryland. To learn more, visit MCHB.

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