November 1, 2022

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Photo version: The Maryland Department of Health announces$1 Million for the Vision for Baltimore Partnership

Baltimore, MD Today, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced $1 million in funding for See Baltimore Partnership to deliver 8,000 vision proposals 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 provided through a partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Health, Baltimore City Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University, nonprofit provider Vision To Learn and lifestyle brand Warby Parker.

IMG-0077.jpgDirector of Health and Minority Health Disparities at MDH Dr. Mark Martin addresses students, staff and guests at the Vision for Baltimore Partnership event, which took place in Foot. Worthington Elementary/Middle School.

Launched in 2016, Vision for Baltimore guarantees elementary and middle school students across Baltimore will receive glasses, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

IMG-0102.jpgVision to Learn Director of National Operations Wade Brown and Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities Dr. Mark Martin deliver a new presentation Stipulated Pair of glasses for a Baltimore city student

“Low-income families are less likely to get preventive care,” said Dr. Mark Martin, director of Minority Health and Health Disparities at MDH. Barriers to basic services such as vision checks, eye exams, and eyeglasses greatly affect a student’s ability to learn. This new funding will continue to be of immense benefit to students and families, providing access to resources where the child is already — on the school building — at the heart of the community in Baltimore.”

The mission of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) at MDH is to achieve health equity where all individuals and communities have the opportunity to access and maintain good health. To find out more, visit MHD.

MDH’s Office of Maternal and Child Health (MCHB) has a mission to reduce health disparities and improve the health and well-being of all individuals, families, and communities in Maryland. To find out more, visit MCHB.

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