Welcome to the Focus on Eye Health National Summit- a Virtual Interactive Event

On July 14-15, 2021, Prevent Blindness will host the 10th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit as a virtual interactive event. (Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the 2021 event will be held as an online event only.) The event will include multiple opportunities for participant engagement, including moderated discussions on key topics, chats with presenters, an exhibit hall with live exhibitor chat and video conversation, and more.

The Focus on Eye Health National Summit is a key venue to elevate the national dialogue among diverse stakeholder groups around vision and significant population health issues such as surveillance, equity, prevention messaging, service integration, program development, and dissemination of best practices. The Summit allows participants to develop new collaborations, integrate new vision health messages and procedures into their outreach, and improve lines of communication with internal and external partners.

2021 Agenda: An exciting Summit agenda has been planned for the two-day event, and will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "Our Changing Vision.” The agenda will celebrate the key vision advancements that have occurred during the 10 years the summit has convened, and look ahead to leading advancements, policies, and social issues that will shape how we approach eye health for the coming decade. The agenda will recognize the importance of research expansion, shifting political leadership, and the elevation of the patient at the center of care decisions. 

Expected attendees include patient advocates, vision researchers, clinicians, foundations, community-based and advocacy organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, vision companies, government agencies, and legislative staff. 

Watch this year's presentations.

Learn more about past Summits and presentations.

Why Attend?

Join virtually to this free event from the comfort of your home or office without the time or cost of travel. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind live experience.

Learn about the latest significant public health issues around vision and eye health.

Engage and network with participants through a user-friendly chat feature and visit our sponsor booths.

Keynote Speakers


Michael F. Chiang, MD

Director, National Eye Institute

Amy Dixon

Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health,
Washington University in St. Louis

Agenda


QUESTIONS FOR PRESENTERS/SESSIONS: If you have any questions you would like to ask the presenters in advance of the Summit,
please click on the session title below to email your question.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

11:00am-4:30pm Eastern

Focus on Eye Health National Summit: Our Changing Vision

On Wednesday, exhibit hall booths will be open to visit from 11am - 4:30pm Eastern. The sponsors will be available for chat on this day of the event.

Summit Moderators

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Board Chair, Prevent Blindness, A.O. Stubblefield Professor of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

11:30 am -11:40 am 

Session 1: Opening Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

11:40 am – 12:25 pm

Session 1: Keynote Presentation - Eliminating Blindness & Improving Quality of Life through Vision Research

Michael F. Chiang, MD
Director, National Eye Institute

12:30 pm – 1:10 pm

Session 2: Oculomics: Ocular Biomarkers of Disease

Siegfried Karl Wagner, MD, FRCOphth
University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital

Steven M. Silverstein, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 3: 2021 Rising Visionary Awardee - Achieving Equity in Eye Health in a Diverse Population with Evolving Health Needs

Shervonne Poleon
University of Alabama at Birmingham Vision Science Graduate Program Student

1:35 - 2:15 pm

Session 4: Vision Impairment and Blindness in the U.S.: New National, State, and County-level Prevalence Data

Elizabeth Lundeen, PhD, MPH
Vision Health Initiative, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David B. Rein, PhD, MPA
NORC at the University of Chicago

2:20 – 2:50 pm

Session 5: The Intersection of Vision Impairment and Mental Health

Robin Casten, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University

2:55 - 3:25 pm

Sesssion 6: 2021 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health - Global Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Program Development: Opportunities for Innovation, Education, Advocacy, and Collaboration

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA
The Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago

3:25 - 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Thursday, July 15, 2021

9:00am-3:30pm Eastern

Exhibit hall without staffing

On Thursday, explore the exhibit hall and information available from our event sponsors. Only email communication will be available this day.

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pre-Event: The Ohio Aging Eye Summit

Vision and Eye Health Outlook from Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership: Ohio Aging Eye Research

Session Moderator: Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD


Sayoko E. Moroi, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Jeffrey Walline, OD, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Optometry.


Robert Sisk, MD, University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology


Jonathan Lass, MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine


Statewide Aging Eye Partnership – A Template

Marcus J. Molea, AICP, Ohio Department of Aging (Retired), Co-Chair Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, Advocacy and Awareness Sub-Committee


11:30 am - 11:35 am

Session 1: Opening Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

11:35 am - 12:20 pm

Session 1: Keynote Presentation: Adversity is My Superpower

Amy Dixon
Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

12:25 pm - 1:20 pm

CHOOSE ONE

Moderated Discussion 2A

Session Moderator: Sandra S. Block, OD, MEd, MPH
Professor Emeritus, Prevent Blindness Board Member, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Bobeck S. Modjtahedi, MD
Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO
New England College of Optometry

Moderated Discussion 2B

Session Moderator: Mitchell V. Brinks, MD, MPH
Chair, Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee, Chair, Vision 2020 USA, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Leon W. Herndon Jr., MD
Duke Eye Center

David Friedman, MD, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Moderated Discussion 2C

Session Moderator: L. Penny Rosenblum, PhD
American Foundation for the Blind

Angela Elam, MD
University of Michigan

Nancy D. Miller, LMSW
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Moderated Discussion 2D

Session Moderator: Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Donna Mazcyk, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, FNASN
National Association of School Nurses

Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Moderated Discussion 2E

Session Moderator: Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, MBA
Chair, Prevent Blindness Scientific Committee, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Sally L. Baxter, MD, MSc
University of California, San Diego

Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD
Digital Diagnostics and University of Iowa

1:40 pm - 2:35 pm

CHOOSE ONE

Moderated Discussion 3A

Session Moderator: Stephanie J. Marioneaux, MD, PC
Prevent Blindness Board Member

M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS
Wayne State University

Ruth Shoge, OD, MPH
University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

Moderated Discussion 3B

Session Moderator: Yvonne Ou, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Bruce R. Ksander, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School

Anand Swaroop, PhD
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Moderated Discussion 3C

Session Moderator: Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FASHA, FAAN
University of Illinois Chicago, Executive Editor, Journal of School Nursing

Cynthia Hillyer, MPA
Minneapolis Public Schools

Karen Woodhouse, MS
Eyes on Learning

Jacquelyn O'Banion, MD, MSc
Emory University

Moderated Discussion 3D

Session Moderator: John E. Crews, DPA 
Retired from Vision Health Initiative, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Laura Dreer, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mandie Cody Schadwinkel 
Prevent Blindness A.S.P.E.C.T. Graduate

Moderated Discussion 3E

Session Moderator: Elizabeth Lundeen, PhD, MPH 
Vision Health Initiative, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

John Wittenborn
NORC at the University of Chicago

Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, FAAO 
The Ohio State University College of Optometry

2:40 pm - 3:25 pm

Session 4: Keynote Presentation: The Role of Public Health in Advancing Eye Health

Ross C. Brownson, PhD
Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Speakers

Please click on speaker photo for their biography


Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD

Digital Diagnostics and University of Iowa

Sally L. Baxter, MD, MSc

University of California, San Diego

Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FASHA, FAAN

University of Illinois Chicago, Executive Editor, Journal of School Nursing

Sandra S. Block, OD, MEd, MPH

Professor Emeritus, Prevent Blindness Board Member, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Mitchell V. Brinks, MD, MPH

Chair, Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee, Chair, Vision 2020 USA, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health
Washington University in St. Louis

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA

The Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael F. Chiang, MD

Director, National Eye Institute

Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco

Robin Casten, PhD

Thomas Jefferson University

Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH

Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

John E. Crews, DPA

Retired from Vision Health Initiative, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Amy Dixon

Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

Laura Dreer, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Angela Elam, MD

University of Michigan

David Friedman, MD, PhD

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD

Leon W. Herndon Jr., MD

Duke Eye Center

Cynthia Hillyer, MPA

Minneapolis Public Schools

Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bruce Ksander, PhD

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan Lass, MD

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Elizabeth Lundeen, PhD, MPH

Vision Health Initiative, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephanie J. Marioneaux, MD, PC

Prevent Blindness Board Member

Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, FNASN

National Association of School Nurses

Nancy D. Miller, LMSW

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Bobeck S. Modjtahedi, MD

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Marcus J. Molea, AICP

Ohio Department of Aging (Retired), Co-Chair Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, Advocacy and Awareness Sub-Committee

Sayoko E. Moroi, MD, PhD

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Jacquelyn O'Banion, MD, MSc

Emory University

Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Board Chair, Prevent Blindness, A.O. Stubblefield Professor of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

Yvonne Ou, MD

University of California, San Francisco

Shervonne Poleon

Vision Science Graduate Program Student
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, MBA

Chair, Prevent Blindness Scientific Committee, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester

Steven M. Silverstein, PhD

University of Rochester Medical Center

Robert Sisk, MD

University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology

Anand Swaroop, PhD

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, FAAO

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

David B. Rein, PhD, MPA

NORC at the University of Chicago

Mandie Cody Schadwinkel

Prevent Blindness A.S.P.E.C.T. Graduate

Ruth Shoge, OD, MPH

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry

L. Penny Rosenblum, PhD

American Foundation for the Blind

Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO

New England College of Optometry

Siegfried Karl Wagner, MD, FRCOphth

University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital

Jeffrey Walline, OD, PhD

The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS

Wayne State University

John Wittenborn

NORC at the University of Chicago

Karen Woodhouse, MS

Eyes on Learning

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Event FAQs

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Yes, there is no cost to participate; however, you will need to register to access this virtual event.
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While live networking with other attendees and vendors will only be possible during the scheduled time and days of the event (July 14-15, 2021), the virtual venue will remain open 24/7 for 30 days. Therefore, you can view sessions or visit sponsor booths whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time.
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