4220.0 Vision Health Disparities and the Right to Sight

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Vision health disparities exist among Americans with vision problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assesses and monitors vision health disparities through ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data in order to plan, implement, and evaluate efficacious and cost-effective public health interventions. National, state, and local data could help identify disparities in eye diseases, vision conditions, and access to eye care that can inform and advance national, state, and local policies. This session will describe the pros and cons of surveillance data including National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Electronic Medical Records and Administrative Data (Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], Medicare, and managed care datasets) and how these data can be translated into real world practice.
Session Objectives: 1. Demonstrate the need to reduce vision health disparities in the U.S. 2. Demonstrate the usefulness of existing data to address vision health disparities. 3. Provide evidence for public health policy and decision making in achieving a population with healthy vision.
Xinzhi Zhang, MD, PhD

Welcoming Remarks
Sociodemographic Correlates of Workplace Eye Injuries
Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, MPH, David J. Lee, PhD, Lora E. Fleming, MD, PhD, Kristopher L. Arheart, EdD, Evelyn Davila, MPH, Tainya Clarke, MPH, MS and Jonathan K. Kish, MPH
Socioeconomic disparities in sensory impairment exist among US working-age adults independent of diabetes status
Chiu-Fang Chou, Dr PH, Gloria L.A. Beckles, MD, MSc, Xinzhi Zhang, MD, PhD and Jinan B. Saaddine, MD, MPH

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Organized by: Vision Care Section
Endorsed by: Epidemiology, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

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

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