Date: October 28, 2016

Location: Strange Auditorium, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) has conducted a consensus study to examine core principles and public health strategies to reduce visual impairment and promote eye health in the United States. Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow was released to the public on Thursday, September 15, 2016. 

In late October, the Alabama Vision Coalition partnered with the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama and Prevent Blindness to host a statewide summit to discuss the NASEM report, the latest data on vision and chronic health disease in Alabama, and innovations that may change the way we treat and manage patients with vision problems.  Among our list of speakers are experts from NASEM, Prevent Blindness, and the National Alliance for Eye & Vision Research. 

Agenda

8:30 WELCOME

8:35 KEYNOTE

Steve Teutsch, MD, MPH -- NASEM Committee Member // National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report on Vision and Public Health
(Presentation File)

9:00 PRESENTATIONS

What the Data Tells Us About Vision & Chronic Disease (Dean VanNasdale, OD, Ohio State) (Presentation File)

What the Report Means for Alabama (Mark Swanson, OD; Chris Girkin, MD; and Tom Geary, MD -- ADPH)

- Research & Funding Forecast – James Jorkasky, MBA, National Alliance for Eye & Vision Research (Presentation File)

10:40 BREAK

10:50 INNOVATIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE:

- Increasing AccessImproving Services in Rural Alabama -- Dr. Ed Partridge, Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (Video Link)

- Best Practice  -  Tearsanee Davis, DNP -- University of Mississippi Medical Center, Center for Telehealth (Presentation File)

- Innovation  -  The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Chronic Eye Disease. – Bennett Walton, MD – Slade & Baker Vision Center, Houston, TX (Presentation File)

12:20 LUNCH 

Telemedicine in Alabama  --  Bart Kelly, Director, UAB Telemedicine Program and Michael Smith, ADPH (Presentation File)

1:20-1:30 BREAK

1:30-2:30 SPOTLIGHT ON ALABAMA EFFORTS

Collaborating to Detect/Treat Glaucoma – Lindsay Rhodes, MD and Frank LaRussa, OD (Presentation File)

- Low Vision – Joe Fontenot, MD (Video Link)

2:30 CLOSING REMARKS AND NEXT STEPS

Who Should Attend?

About the Coalition

Created in 2015 through a partnership between the Eye Sight Foundation of Alabama and Prevent Blindness, the Alabama Vision Coalition exists to improve access to care, avoid preventable vision loss, and strengthen the infrastructure of vision services throughout Alabama.   AVC is working with optometrists, ophthalmologists, researchers, family physicians, pediatricians, public health professionals, parents, school nurses, educational/rehabilitative partners, those directly affected by vision loss, and advocates from organizations across the state to identify and implement best practices to improve vision care.