Public Health


Wednesday, October 11


PH-03: Social Determinants of Health: An Overview and Link to Optometry
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
This lecture will discuss some of the social determinants of health, including current theories, evidence, and challenges in determining causation, while providing links to the optometric profession. Associations between certain sociodemographic factors and ocular disease/visual impairment will also be covered. Speakers include Diane Russo, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 48722-PB

PH-01: Evidence-Based Communication Strategies that Enhance Clinical Care and Patient Safety
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Effective communication between optometrists and other health care providers is essential to maximize patient safety and minimize medical errors. Evidence-based strategies that optometrists can use in clinical practice will be reviewed. Speakers include Jasmine Yumori, OD, FAAO, Jenny Tjahjono, DMD. COPE ID: 53675-PB

PH-02: Project PAVE - Education Based Pediatric Low Vision Model
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Project PAVE is an education-based model of comprehensive pediatric low vision care that has been acritical resource for children in Tennessee for almost a quarter-century. This lecture will focus on what makes the unique Project PAVE model successful, with a distinct focus on the role of Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI). Attendees will gain knowledge of the skill set and resources TVIs provide. Pediatric low vision clinical pearls will be presented, as well as instruction on productive conversations with all members of the child's medical and educational teams. Speakers include Lori Ann Kehler, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53674-PB


Thursday, October 12


PH-04: Improving Clinical Outcomes: Cultural Competency in Eye Care
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The demographics of the United States population is changing rapidly. For many optometrists this leads to racially/ethnically discordant patient encounters. Unfortunately there are significant racial/ethnic disparities in health and visual outcomes in the United States. This course will describe cultural competence, and describe how being culturally competent can help lesson disparate outcomes in our patient populations. Lastly, it will give attendees tools on how to implement culturally competent care in their practices. Speakers include Matthew Pearce, OD, MPH, FAAO. COPE ID: 53673-PB

PH-05: Primary Eye Care with a Global Focus
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This course will highlight the international need for primary eyesore and present the challenges faced when delivering eyesore in the global setting. Information presented will provide a survey of best practices when addressing population needs for true primary care including visual needs and ocular health assessment. Speakers include Eileen Gable, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 49542-PB

PH-07: Carotenoid Rx for Healthy Eyes
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Vision science reveals that nature has provided dietary lutein and zeaxanthin to optimize both visual and cognitive function throughout the human lifespan. Measuring Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) and re-pigmenting the human retina results in 1) Superior blue light protection; 2) Minimizing glare and intraocular scatter; 3) Quicker photo- stress glare recovery and 4) Faster visual sensory processing. This has all been published in the scientific literature for healthy eyes, merely awaiting application by the optometrist. Unfortunately, few (perhaps 3 %) of optometrists, and fewer ophthalmologists, take advantage of the latest science concerning vision protection and enhancement. Speakers include Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53758-PH

PH-06: Eye Care Providers on Front Lines of Zika Virus
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zika virus is a public health concern and a nationally notifiable condition in the United States. This virus has been rapidly on the move across 69 countries and territories, including nearly 2,000 documented cases within the contiguous United States. With the rise of global travel and international trade, further spread and transmission into regions where the virus is not endemic is likely. Although Zika infections are self-limiting, fetal microcephaly and ophthalmic anomalies have been associated with this infection. With new confirmed cases daily, chances are this may be a condition optometrists encounter in their practice and are encouraged to report suspect Zika cases to their state or local health departments. Speakers include Mahsa Salehi, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53672-PB