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How can networking prevent blindness?

Written by Scott Taylor  |  01 September 2016

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Optometry News recently announced that at the 2016 Focus on Eye Health National Summit, Prevent Blindness, had debuted its new virtual forum, the Focus Initiative.

They explained that the Focus Initiative was a network designed to encourage professionals working in vision and public health to share resources such as vision research, research grant opportunities, professional recognition, training materials, webinars, events and other topics, according to a press release from Prevent Blindness.

I think we all agree that these kind of initiatives are an opportunity to make a difference for our future generation” said Mark Goode CEO of leading optical recruitment specialist, Inspired Selections

Harry R. Parry, the president and CEO of Prevent Blindness said in her press release “By bringing together professionals to share ideas and resources, we can effectively create strategies to save sight and protect healthy vision for people at all stages of life

The Focus Initiative will provide professionals with immediate access to the latest information, tools and programs from some of the most respected names and institutions across the country.

Mark agrees that with people like Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH (study chair), from the University of California, Los Angeles’s Fielding School of Public Health; Peter Jacobson, JD, MPH, from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health; Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine; and Lori Grover, OD, PhD all scheduled as speakers that this could really be an impressive turnout.

The first webinar will be held on September 20th 2016, to coincide with the release of the Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health consensus study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).

Registration will open in the upcoming weeks, according to the release.