Advocating for Optometry Within The Nation’s Health Landscape: Representing AOA at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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“I’m hoping the public will take away a renewed, elevated view of the importance of comprehensive eye and vision care, and how doctors of optometry play a major role in facilitating access to and integrating patient care with health systems across the nation.” – Lori Grover, OD, PhD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the nation’s health protection agency – is prioritizing Americans’ eye and vision health through a concerted public health approach towards improvement.  I am representing the AOA as a member of the national Strategic Planning Development Team for the CDC’s new Vision Health Initiative (VHI).  The CDC VHI aims to integrate recommendations from the 2016 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report “Making Eye Health a Population Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow” into its strategic national agenda.  Having served from 2014-2016 as a member of the NASEM Committee who authored this seminal report, I’m thrilled to be serving as a representative of the AOA to the CDC VHI multidisciplinary stakeholder panel.  Following several months of committee work, phone conferences, and emails, we will be meeting in Atlanta in May over several days to refine identified actionable items and prioritize achievable objectives for adoption by the CDC.  It’s so rewarding to advocate in this important way for optometry in our nation’s health care, research, and surveillance planning, and assist the CDC in recognizing the key role that doctors of optometry play in reducing the risk of vision impairment and improving population health for people of all ages.  Read more from the AOA here

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