[visionlist] 2017 Focus on Eye Health National Summit

2017 Focus
on Eye Health National Summit

National Press Club

June 28, 2017

7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Washington, DC


Prevent Blindness will host the sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 28, 2017, from 7:30am-3:30pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Summit will include
a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “What’s in Sight?” 


In response to the recent release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Report, “Making
Eye Health a Population Health Imperative:  Vision for Tomorrow,” the agenda will feature discussions around key pillars of public health such as health policy, surveillance,
health promotion, and state/community programs.


The agenda will include the following topics:

Morning Keynote Speaker

Cyrus Habib, Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

Follow-up from the NASEM Report:  Task Force Recommendations to CDC

Jinan Saaddine, MD, MPH, CDC Vision Health Initiative
Edwin Marshall, OD, MS, MPH, Indiana University
Christopher Maylahn, MPH, State University of New York at Albany School of Public Health
Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance

Panel moderator: Jeff Todd, Prevent Blindness
David Rein, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago
John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago
Phoebe Lamuda, NORC at the University of Chicago

Children’s Vision and Eye Care: Coverage, Communities, and Accountability

Panel moderator: Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Texas Medical Branch
Gabriel W. Auteri, Esq, Baltimore City Health Department
Jane Perkins, JD, MPH, National Health Law Program
Linda Lawrence MD, Private Practice Ophthalmology in Salina, Kansas

Health Promotion and Awareness Campaigns: What Works?

Panel moderator: Rajiv Rimal, PhD, MA, George Washington University
Renaldo Juanso, American Academy of Ophthalmology (EyeSmart)
Jon Torrey, Think About Your Eyes
Marcia Goddard, McCann Torre Lazur, a McCann Health company (Smoking Blind)
Nick Martin, The Fred Hollows Foundation (See Now)

Eyes on the Hill:  Reflections on the First Six Months

Panel moderator: Ilisa Halpern Paul, President, District Policy Group
Former Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Former Congressman John Tierney (D-MA)

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, Brien Holden Vision Institute and former Head of the Blindness Prevention Unit at the World Health Organization

Spotlights on States Engaging in Aging Eye Health

Panel moderator: Christopher Maylahn, MPH, New York State Department of Health
Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, The Ohio State University
Marcus J. Molea, AICP, MHA, Ohio Department of Aging
Betsy Cagle, Alabama Department of Public Health
Kay L. Wenzl, MPA, CSW, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

2017 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Introduction: Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry
Recipient: John Crews, DPA, CDC Vision Health Initiative (retired)


For details about the event and agenda, visit http://ift.tt/13przr8.


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


Registration is free, but seating is limited. Register today!

               In person: http://ift.tt/2sczudj

Webcast: http://ift.tt/2sM48Ht

Thanks to our 2017 Focus on Eye Health National Summit Sponsors:



Lighthouse Guild International
National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health
NORC at the University of Chicago

The Vision Council


Alliance for Aging Research
Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 
BrightFocus Foundation
The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama
The Foundation Fighting Blindness

International Retinal Research Foundation

Lions Clubs International
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


Research to Prevent Blindness

Vision 2020 USA
Vision Impact Institute

To inquire about summit sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nita Patel Sinha, npatelsinha@preventblindness.org.


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