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2021 Focus on Eye Health National Summit Agenda and Presentations

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.

Speaker and Moderator Biographies

Learn more about past Summits and presentations

Note: pdf presentation decks will be added to this page the day of the presentation. Presentation videos will be added later.

July 14 Sessions

Session 1: Keynote Presentation:

Michael F. Chiang, MD
Director, National Eye Institute

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

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

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

Session 5: The Intersection of Vision Impairment and Mental Health

Robin Casten, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University

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

July 15 Sessions

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

Session 1: Keynote Presentation: Adversity is My Superpower

Amy Dixon
Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

Session 2: Moderated Discussions

2A – Myopia: A Global Health Challenge

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

2B – Inequities in Vision Population Health Research

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

2C – Barriers to Care in the Covid-era

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

2D – Social Determinants of Vision and Health as it Relates to Learning

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

2E – Emerging Telehealth and Artificial Intelligence Policy

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

Session 3: Moderated Discussions

3A – Improving Vision Health Equity through Workforce Diversity

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

3B – Aging Eye and Vision

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

3C – Innovations in Vision and Eye Health: Highlights from State-level Practices, Systems, and Policies

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

3D – The Importance of the Patient Advocate in Vision Health

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

3E – Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System: Using National, State, and County-level Prevalence Data

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

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