198741 Advocating for eye care services in community health centers: Policy Issues - Part II

Monday, November 9, 2009: 11:33 AM

Roger Wilson, OD , New England Eye Institute, New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA
The American Optometric Association Community Health Center Committee will present compelling information to inform public policy about the need to dramatically increase access to comprehensive eye care services on site at the nation's health centers. Demographic data of health center users suggest that millions may be at risk for preventable vision loss; yet a recent policy briefing survey conducted by The George Washington University reported that only about 20% of centers provide on-site eye and vision care. Policy changes are needed to confront and respond to disparities in access to vision services. Thus, this presentation will further inform attendees on how needed changes to public policy concerning comprehensive eye care services at health centers will contribute to an overall improved health status for health center users.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain current policy regarding eye care services at health centers. 2. Analyze need for policy reform so that all health center patients have equal access to comprehensive on-site eye care services. 3. Demonstrate the need for eye care as part of health care services at health centers.

Keywords: Community Health Planning, Vision Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Chair of the American Optometric Association Community Health Center Committee
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.