4069.0 Eye Care Access / Utilization: What's Justice Got to Do With It?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The inequitable distribution of vision disorders is pervasive. Vulnerable populations--from unskilled laborers to ethnic minorities to refugees to the intellectually disabled--face a spectrum of obstacles in obtaining quality eye-care services. In addition to thoughtful analyses of current disparities, the speakers offer fresh approaches to promoting the right to sight.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the role of social class, gender, and intellectual disability status on the prevalence of vision disorders and access to vision care. 2. Explain how access to eye care can be monitored in refugee populations. 3. Discuss the benefit of enlisting health care providers, state and local agencies, and community-based organizations to cooperate in developing sustainable eye health promotion programs.

Role of social class on gender inequalities in visual impairment in a southern European country
Anna Rius, MPH, OD, Lucía Artazcoz, PhD, MPH, MD, Joan Benach, PhD and Laura Guisasola, OD
Welcoming Remarks
Improving access to quality vision care for individuals with intellectual disability: Findings and policy implications from the Massachusetts eyecare provider survey
Veena Thomas, BS, candidate for MD,MPH, Jean E. Ramsey, MD,MPH, Lisa DiBonaventura, MA, COMS and Barry S. Kran, OD, FAAO
Global monitoring of eye care coverage in refugee populations
Paul Amendola, MPH, Jerry E. Vincent, OD MPH and Colleen Hardy, MPH
Vision integration: A coordinated approach for promoting healthy vision in our communities (Part 1)
Andrea Densham, MA, Nita Patel, OD, MPH, Kim Kelly, Sanghamitra Savadatti, MPH and Larry Steele, PhD
Vision integration: A coordinated approach for promoting healthy vision in our communities (Part 2)
Sanghamitra Savadatti, MPH, Kim Kelly, Larry Steele, PhD, Andrea Densham, MA and Nita Patel, OD, MPH

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Organized by: Vision Care Section
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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