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

NASEM Report:  Recommendations to CDC

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

500 Cities Initiative:  Vision Community Response

Jeff Todd, Prevent Blindness

Establishing a Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System for the Nation

David Rein, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago
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, Salina Regional Health Center

Health Promotion and Awareness

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)
TBD, See Now

Spotlights on States Engaging in Aging Eye Health

Panel moderator: Christopher Maylahn, MPH, New York State Department of Health
Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD, The Ohio State University
Ohio representative TBD
Alabama representative TBD
Nebraska representative TBD

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 Democratic Congressperson (TBD)

2017 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Introduction: Bruce Moore, OD, New England College of Optometry
Recipient: John Crews, DPA, CDC 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].