Date: June 28, 2017

Location: The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

7:30am – 3:30pm

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Register Today!


About the Event

Prevent Blindness will host the sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 28, 2017, from 7:30am-3:30pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "What’s in Sight?”  

Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and policymakers. Follow the event on Twitter at #eyesummit.

In response to the recent release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Report, “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative:  Vision for Tomorrow,” the agenda will feature discussions around key pillars of public health such as health policy, surveillance, health promotion, and state/community programs.


Summit moderator

Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Texas Medical Branch

Opening remarks

Hugh Parry, Prevent Blindness

Morning Keynote Speaker

Cyrus Habib, Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

Follow-up from the NASEM Report:  CDC Panel Recommendations

Jinan Saaddine, MD, MPH, CDC Vision Health Initiative
Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University 
Edwin Marshall, OD, MS, MPH, Indiana University
Christopher Maylahn, MPH, New York State

Vision and Eye Health Surveillance

Panel moderator: Jeff Todd, Prevent Blindness
John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago
Phoebe Lamuda, NORC at the University of Chicago

Children’s Vision and Eye Care: Coverage, Communities, and Accountability

Panel moderator: Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Texas Medical Branch
Gabriel W. Auteri, Esq, Baltimore City Health Department
Jane Perkins, JD, MPH, National Health Law Program
Linda Lawrence MD, Private Practice Ophthalmology in Salina, Kansas

Health Promotion and Awareness Campaigns: What Works?

Panel moderator: Rajiv Rimal, PhD, MA, George Washington University
Renaldo Juanso, American Academy of Ophthalmology (EyeSmart)
Jon Torrey, Think About Your Eyes
Marcia Goddard, McCann Torre Lazur, a McCann Health company (Smoking Blind)
Nick Martin, The Fred Hollows Foundation (See Now)

Eyes on the Hill: Reflections on the First Six Months

Panel moderator: Ilisa Halpern Paul, President, District Policy Group
Former Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Former Congressman John Tierney (D-MA)

Afternoon Keynote: Global Public Health Crisis: What's in Sight? 

Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, Brien Holden Vision Institute and former Head of the Blindness Prevention Unit at the World Health Organization

Spotlights on States Engaging in Aging Eye Health

Panel moderator: Christopher Maylahn, MPH, New York State
Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, The Ohio State University
Marcus J. Molea, AICP, MHA, Ohio Department of Aging
Betsy Cagle, Alabama Department of Public Health
Kay L. Wenzl, MPA, CSW, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

2017 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Introduction: Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry
Recipient: John Crews, DPA, Lighthouse Guild and Retired from CDC’s Vision Health Initiative


Thanks to our 2017 Focus on Eye Health National Summit Sponsors:


*Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

To inquire about summit sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nita Patel Sinha, [email protected].

Can't Attend the Summit in Person?

Join our free live webcast of the Focus On Eye Health National Summit from 8:30 - 3:30, E.T. on June 28, 2017.

Please note: there will be a pause in the webcast from 12:45pm – 1:50pm, and the lunchtime panel presentation Eyes on the Hill: Reflections on the First Six Months will not be included in the webcast.

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