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Congressional Briefing: Realizing Equitable Access to Vision and Eye Health Care Through Public Health Data and Surveillance

Congressional Briefing: Realizing Equitable Access to Vision and Eye Health Care Through Public Health Data and Surveillance

When: Nov 2, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Prevent Blindness is proud to host a briefing for Congressional legislators and their staff to provide an update on new analyses around the burden and scope of vision loss and eye disease. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature speakers from the NORC at the University of Chicago—whose data collection and analysis has yielded new perspectives of the impacts to vision and eye health equity as well as produced localized, community-level data on vision loss and eye disease in the United States—and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vision Health Initiative, which operates the Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System (VEHSS). The event will also feature the perspective of a patient who lives with vision loss resulting from eye disease.

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Date/Time: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – 12:00-1:15pm Eastern

Congressional legislators and staff will come away from the event with an understanding of:

  • How health inequities increase prevalence of vision loss and blindness in underserved and at risk communities
  • How vision loss impacts an individual’s quality of life on a personal and professional basis,
  • The CDC’s Vision Health Initiative and its role in conducting public health surveillance, data analysis, and epidemiology to inform state and community-level interventions around vision loss,
  • The state of vision health data in the U.S. and the VEHSS, and
  • How data can guide formation of equitable policies based on population, race and ethnicity, social determinants of health, and county and regional differences.

Speakers include:

  • Larry Woodward, Vice President of the Wake County Council of the Blind; Patient Advocate and Prevent Blindness A.S.P.E.C.T. Program Alumnus
  • Elizabeth Lundeen, PhD, MPH, Vision Health Initiative, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • David B. Rein, PhD, MPA, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Sara Brown, MPA, Prevent Blindness (moderator)