251595 Vision services and social determinants of health in federally qualified health centers

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:10 AM

Roger Wilson, OD , New England Eye Institute, New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA
Social determinants of health can be mitigated through an informed and participatory community approach to health and wellness. This presentation will explain how federally qualified health centers with vision services positively impact social conditions in a community. Federally qualified health centers offer an array of services designed to meet the needs of communities through addressing disparities in health. Access to vision services has a direct impact on social issues such as improved outcomes in learning, prevention of vision loss, and safer living environments. Health centers are uniquely positioned to offer vision services as a component of comprehensive primary and preventive care services, resulting in improved health outcomes and community wellness.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will formulate a larger view of visual health relative to social conditions affecting community health and wellness. Attendees will be able to describe why vision and eye health services are an essential component of primary care. Attendees be able to explain the role of health centers in improving visual health.

Keywords: Access to Health Care, Vision Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Expert in planning vision services at health centers.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
American Optometric Associaiton Fee for service consultant to health centers Consultant

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.