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Healthy Eyes Healthy People® 2013 grant period opens

February 6, 2013

Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation and the AOA are pleased to announce the 10th annual funding of the Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) State Association Grants. The 2013 HEHP grants are made possible through a generous grant from Luxottica.

Over the course of the past nine years, HEHP sponsors have contributed more than $1.2 million for more than 335 HEHP grants, which have gone directly to state association community outreach projects. These projects have served to educate the public and allied groups on the importance of vision care and have improved the lives of thousands of patients.

This year, to encourage the growth of community-based solutions to reduce vision problems and eye diseases in adults, HEHP grants will focus directly on the Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020) vision objective, V-5, Reduce Visual Impairment.

In response, applicants can address one or more of the following five goals:

V-5.1: Reduce visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error.
V-5.2: Reduce visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy.
V-5.3: Reduce visual impairment due to glaucoma.
V-5.4: Reduce visual impairment due to cataract.
V-5.5: Reduce visual impairment due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

States may apply for more than one grant, and each grant is worth up to $5,000. If a project reaches multiple states, it may be considered for a larger grant.

Visit the following link for instructions on how to apply and access the 2013 grant application online form: www.aoa.org/HEHP.

HEHP grant applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2013.

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