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

On July 13-14, 2022, Prevent Blindness will host the 11th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit as a free virtual interactive event. The Focus on Eye Health National Summit brings together diverse stakeholders across the vision and eye health community to stimulate a national dialogue around emerging and current population health trends and topics such as equity, research, surveillance, access, prevention, service integration, program development, and dissemination of professional best practices. Under the theme “Eye-conic Approaches to Eye Health,” the Summit will feature key contributions from those who are changing the way we think about vision and eye health and its role in our education, work, and lives; detecting and treating vision disorders as professionals in public health, research, and clinical practice; and strengthening the patient voice in clinical practice and public policy.

The event will take place over two days via a virtual conference platform that offers simultaneous access to expert presentations; a dedicated exhibitor hall; educational materials, videos, and toolkits; on-demand educational content; and in-platform opportunities for networking and collaboration. This annual event attracts a global audience of patient advocates, community-based and advocacy organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, researchers, health-care providers, educators, early childhood education professionals, senior- and child-care professionals, government agency staff, corporate partners, health program professionals, and legislative staff.

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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


Frank Bruni

Author of New York Times bestseller Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found
The New York Times
Duke University

Amelie Ramirez, DrPH

Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences
Director, Salud America! National Program
Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research
UT Health San Antonio

Agenda

July 13, 2022 11:00am-04:30pm ET

Exhibit Hall with Vendor Interaction open: 11:00am-4:30pm ET

Explore the exhibit hall and downloadable information available from our event sponsors. Video chat, text chat, and email communications will be available from vendor staff during this period.

Summit Moderators:

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Illinois Eye and Ear, University of Illinois at Chicago

11:30am-12:20pm ET

SESSION 1: Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation

Journalist and author Frank Bruni will share his personal experience with vision loss and how it has given him insight into the human experience- as detailed in his new book, Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found.

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Frank Bruni
Author of New York Times bestseller Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found
The New York Times
Duke University

12:20pm-12:35pm ET

BREAK

12:35pm-01:25pm ET

SESSION 2: The Global Impact of Eye Health

This session will cover how vision and eye health can be impacted from the global to the individual level.

H.E. Walton Webson
Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations
Co-Chair of the United Friends of Vision Group
Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States

Caroline Casey
IAPB President
Founder of The Valuable 500

01:25pm-01:40pm ET

BREAK

01:40pm-02:05pm ET

SESSION 3: 2022 Rising Visionary Awards

Hursuong Vongsachang, MPH
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Marissa K. Shoji, MD
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

02:05pm-02:20pm ET

BREAK

02:20pm-03:10pm ET

SESSION 4: Engaging Technology to Support Vision Health and Quality of Life

This session will discuss how new technological advancements in vision and eye health can lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease along with improving accessibility for those with vision impairment.

Ranya Habash, MD
CEO, LifeLong Vision

Dr. Kyle Keane
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

03:10pm-03:25pm ET

BREAK

03:25pm-04:00pm ET

SESSION 5: 2022 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health & Closing Remarks

Michael Ciszek, OD
President, VOSH/International

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

July 14, 2022 11:30am-3:30pm

Exhibit hall without vendor staffing: 11:30am-3:30pm ET

Explore the exhibit hall and downloadable information available from our event sponsors. Only email communication with vendors will be available this day.

11:30am-12:15pm ET

SESSION 1: Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

12:15pm-12:30pm ET

BREAK

12:30pm-02:30pm ET

SESSION 2: The Forum on Children’s Vison

This session will cover how children’s vision data is important along with the people it represents; how the education system can play an important role in systems of eye care in school-aged children; and how to develop equitable pediatric research life cycles that are more inclusive of children and families. In addition, patient and parent perspectives will be shared to demonstrate their lived experiences in the areas discussed.

Moderator:

Stacy Ayn Lyons, OD, FAAO
New England College of Optometry

Patient perspective

Sharona Washington-Lockett, MBA
A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Engagement Program Graduate
Prevent Blindness Texas Board Member

Leveraging Data Sources to Tell the Children's Vision Story

Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions

The School Factor: Focusing on the Roles of Education and Eye Health

Michael Steinert, MA, LPC
Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, Fort Worth Independent School District

Parent Perspective

Nicole Guysi
A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Engagement Program Graduate

Equitable Engagement and Practices for Children’s Vision Research

Barbara E. Bierer, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

02:30pm-02:45pm ET

BREAK

02:45pm-03:30pm ET

SESSION 3: Keynote Presentation & Closing Remarks

This session will discuss the importance of tailored and targeted health communications to the Latinx community, share ways those working in vision and eye health can reach these communities, and provide how strategic partnerships can improve health and eye health in these communities.

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences
Director, Salud America! National Program
Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research
UT Health San Antonio

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Speakers

Please click on speaker photo for their biography


Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH

Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences
Director, Salud America! National Program
Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research
UT Health San Antonio

Barbara E. Bierer, MD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Caroline Casey

President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Founder of The Valuable 500

Frank Bruni

Author of New York Times bestseller Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found
The New York Times
Duke University

H.E. Walton Webson

Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations
Co-Chair of the United Friends of Vision Group and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Hursuong Vongsachang, MPH

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Jeff Todd

President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Kyle Keane, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marissa K. Shoji, MD

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions

Michael Ciszek, OD

President, VOSH/International

Michael Steinert, MA, LPC

Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, Fort Worth Independent School District

Nicole Guysi

A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Engagement Program Graduate

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

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Illinois Eye and Ear, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ranya Habash, MD

CEO, LifeLong Vision

Sharona Washington-Lockett, MBA

A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Engagement Program Graduate
Prevent Blindness Texas Board Member

Stacy Ayn Lyons, OD, FAAO

New England College of Optometry

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