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Focus on Eye Health National Summit

Prevent Blindness will host the fifth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 13, 2016, from 7:30am-3:00pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, Vision to Action – Collaborating Around a National Strategy, focusing on recommendations brought forth in a new Health and Medicine Division report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health.

Currently scheduled presentations include:

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Recommendations on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health Members of the Consensus Study Committee

The following four presentations will each highlight and provide expert analysis of one of the broad focus areas addressed by the Consensus Study Committee.

  • Prevention and Care of Eye Disease and Impaired Vision – Paul Lee, MD, JD, University of Michigan
  • Public Health Burden of Eye Disease and Vision Loss – David Rein, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Evidence-based Health Promotion Interventions for Vision Loss – Kelly Muir, MD, MHSc, Duke University
  • Collaborative Strategies to Promote Vision and Eye Health as a Public Health Priority – Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Implementing a National Strategy – the Australian Approach – Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, University of Melbourne
  • Pomeroy Presentation – Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry – 2016 Recipient of the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health
  • Development to Action – Panel members include Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, University of Melbourne; Thulasiraj Ravilla, MBA, Aravind Eye Care System; and a prior IOM Report Committee Member
  • National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System – Panel members include representatives from CDC Vision Health Initiative, representatives from NORC at University of Chicago, and members of the Expert Panel of the National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System

Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and policymakers. Follow the event on Twitter at #eyesummit.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Register today at www.preventblindness.org/eyesummit.