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OWA Lists New Officers and Board Members

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The Optical Women’s Association has announced its new officer slate for 2015, along with additional changes to its board of directors.

The executive committee sees changes with the departure of Jodi Groh, previously with Nanofilm, from the board. The current OWA secretary/treasurer, Heather Smith is stepping into the role of vice president for 2015. Smith takes the position previously held by Groh who has served on the board for three years. Smith, VisionWeb’s director of marketing, also co-chairs the digital marketing committee along with new board member, Liz Segre.

Kate Renwick-Espinosa is moving into Smith’s secretary/treasurer position. Renwick-Espinosa, chief marketing officer, VSP Global has served on the OWA board of directors for one year. Renwick-Espinosa is also the co-chair of the mentoring committee, along with new board member Debbie Myres.

Debbie Lochli has completed her board term as of September 2014, but will remain active in the OWA and will continue her work on the Mentoring Committee. Groh will finish out the year on the OWA board through the end of December 2014.

“It’s been a real pleasure working with both Jodi and Debbie over the last few years. We appreciate their enthusiastic support of the OWA and all of the contributions they have made to the organization,” said Christie Walker, OWA president. “I’m looking forward to my second year as president and working closely with Heather, Kate, and Ann Englert on the executive committee and all the OWA board members. Together we strive to connect, inspire and lead for the benefit of our members.”

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Prevent Blindness Issues Call for Nominations for ’19 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award

The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has issued the call for nominations for the fifth annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award. The award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. The deadline for submission is July 10, 2019.

The award was established by the NCCVEH Advisory Committee to commemorate Bonnie Strickland and her groundbreaking work to establish a comprehensive system for children’s vision in the United States. Strickland served as Director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau prior to her retirement in 2014. An all-volunteer committee for the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award review all nominations and select the award winner.

Nominees for the award may include individuals or a group comprised of diverse stakeholders, including family/caregiver and community leaders, who are implementing changes to improve children’s vision in the United States. Nominees should demonstrate an impact in one or more areas of a public health system supporting children’s vision including:

  • Key Stakeholder Engagement or Collaboration, including representation from families and diverse racial/ethnic/geographic and socio-economic levels target populations
  • Training and Education
  • Public Awareness
  • Provision of Resources and/or Services
  • Surveillance and Accountability
  • Reduction of Health Disparities
  • Infrastructure Development-Local, State, or National Level
  • Making the connection between vision and overall health, early childhood development and learning

The award will be presented at the NCCVEH annual meeting, Sept. 14, 2019, in Baltimore, MD. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, recognition and opportunity to present at the Annual Meeting, and roundtrip transportation for one to Baltimore, MD, along with one night of lodging. The award recipient will be featured on the website for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health with an overview of their program.

Past recipients of the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award include the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group, Richard Bunner, retired from the Ohio Department of Health, Sean P. Donahue, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University, the Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) at Princeton Vision Clinic, and the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC).

“Prevent Blindness is an organization founded on saving sight in children, and the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award provides us with the opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of those dedicated to protecting vision and keeping eyes healthy for our kids,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information or to submit a nomination for the 2019 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award, please visit here, or contact Donna Fishman at (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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CPP Announces 2 Conferences in July

It will teach optometrists how to reduce costs and risks of moving, remodeling, buying or selling their practice.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ONEONTA, NY – Cleinman Performance Partners, an optometric business development consulting organization, has announced two conferences in July to help optometrists reduce the costs and risks of moving, remodeling, buying or selling their practice.

The first is the National Eyecare Facilities Conference being held on Thursday, July 18, in Anaheim, CA. It is designed to help answer the many questions arising from private practitioners who are embarking on a remodel or a ground-up facility build. Speakers will cover a range of topics such as site selection, project planning, financing, marketing and contractor relations, as well as interior/exterior design. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A with a panel of experts to close out the conference.

The second is the National Practice Transitions Conference being held on Friday, July 19, in Anaheim, CA. It will take participants from start to finish on how to transition ownership of their practice. Topics covered will include gaining control over your business, preparing for retirement, tax planning, risk management, team and patient communications and exit by merger. Participants will enjoy presentations by several leading experts regarding the practice transitions process.

“We know there are many obstacles and hurdles a private practice owner must face from building or remodeling to buying or selling their practices. These are very important decisions that all private optometry practices are challenged with. We have the history and knowledge to provide the professional help and guidance they need,” said CPP founder and President Alan Cleinman. “We are committed to bringing valuable content, connections and next steps to help practice owners with these types of complex undertakings.”

For more information regarding these conferences, visit www.cleinman.com/conferences or call Mandie Wells at (607) 267-2901.

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ABB Optical and Paragon Vision Sciences Announce Optometry Student Challenge

It will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third- or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 GSLS.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, in partnership with Paragon Vision Sciences, announces it is accepting abstract submissions for the fifth annual Optometry Student Challenge.

The Optometry Student Challenge will award travel grants of $1,500 each to three third- or fourth-year students to attend the 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), held Jan. 22-25, 2020, in Las Vegas and present a scientific poster on a topic related to contact lenses. Last year, more than 90 optometry students submitted contact lens related abstracts focused on study projects or student-based case histories.

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“Every year we have an incredible response from students who amaze us with their outstanding submissions and we certainly expect the same for this year’s challenge,” said Andy Jackson, director of specialty contact lenses for ABB Optical Group. “The passion, dedication and commitment to their chosen profession are evident in each student’s submission, and we look forward to seeing what the 2019 challenge brings.”

Optometry Student Challenge Program Rules

Third and fourth-year students who are interested in participating must register by August 9, 2019. Registered students must then submit an abstract on their proposed poster topic by October 11, 2019.

Abstracts must focus on study projects or student-based case histories related to contact lenses. Topics can include, but are not limited to, contact lens applications for presbyopia, keratoconus, corneal topography, post penetrating keratoplasty or related irregular corneal surface, myopia control, lens care/solutions, and orthokeratology.

Abstracts will be judged in two categories: case study report and research. Five finalists will be selected and notified by Oct. 25, 2019.

The finalists will then be required to convert their abstracts into scientific posters for further judging. The posters must be submitted in digital, PDF format to ABB Optical Group no later than November 15, 2019.

Results of this competition will be communicated with the winners and runners-up by November 27, 2019.

The lead authors of the top three posters will be awarded travel grants of $1,500 each to attend the symposium and present their posters. Additionally, two runner-ups will receive honorable mention prizes of $250 each.

“The optical industry of tomorrow is in the hands of the bright, intelligent optometry students of today,” said Paragon Vision Sciences President Rich Jeffries. “We’re proud to once again partner with ABB Optical Group to bring the Optometry Student Challenge as a way to encourage and support the next generation of optometrists.”

For more information on the Optometry Student Challenge, including full contest rules and guidelines, visit ABBOptical.com/OptometryStudentChallenge.

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