195722 Urban and rural initiatives to reach Latino seniors with low vision

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:33 PM

Adama Dyoniziak, MPH, CPH , Braille Institute of America, Los Angeles, CA
The Braille Institute Latino Initiative fills a critical gap in the healthcare system of prevention and management of chronic eye diseases by providing visually impaired Latino seniors in urban and rural areas with vision rehabilitation services. Braille Institute collaborates with nontraditional partners to increase awareness regarding the vision care continuum. It is anticipated that this initiative will influence the existing network of providers that work with Latino seniors who have chronic diseases by providing a rehabilitative service that has been missing in the vision care continuum; and increasing the awareness of professionals regarding the importance of rehabilitation for blindness related eye disease in Latino communities in the counties of LA, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Orange and San Diego. For Latino seniors, these initiatives break down the barriers of isolation and hopelessness and limited participation in family and community life due to the lack of adjustment skills necessary to cope with sight loss. An urban and rural initiative example will be presented where a promoter/a model is used. Promotores are community members who are well established and trusted in their communities who bridge the cultural gap in order to provide vision and rehabilitation education to Latino seniors. A certified Low Vision Educator program will be discussed to show how new approaches to training opportunities can be developed that work for grass roots leaders in Latino communities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss collaborative approaches to working with the Latino visually impaired population in urban and rural areas. 2. Describe cultural competencies with regards to working with the visually impaired Latino population. 3. Explain how to train promotores using the Certified Low Vision Educator program. 4. Discuss evaluation findings for the promotores training and for the client workshops.

Keywords: Latinos, Vision Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received an MPH from San Diego State University; gained a CPH in Aug 2008; 9 years experience as part time faculty at CSULB in Health Science; 20 years prevention program development and implementation experience; 8 years experience at Braille Institute (blindness rehabilitation agency) as Director of the Los Angeles Regional Center (one of 5 in Southern California) and now as the Director of Strategic Programs. My present position involves implementing various initiatives of the Braille Institute Strategic Plan at the five regional centers, including the Latino Initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.