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Vision Health Groups Ask U.S. Surgeon General to Issue Call to Action

The request was signed by 27 organizations.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – Vision 2020/USA, along with allied organizations dedicated to improving vision and eye health in the United States, have formally asked U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams to initiate a “Call to Action” to mark the year 2020.

A formal request was signed by 27 national leading organizations – each a member of Vision 2020/USA – and was delivered on Jan. 18.

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In 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued the report “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow,” providing a multi-stakeholder analysis of issues related to vision from a public health perspective, along with detailed recommendations for significantly improving eye health in the U.S. A key recommendation is for a Call to Action report to be produced by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of the Surgeon General to motivate nationwide action addressing the increasing burden of vision impairment across the lifespan of people in the U.S.

Surgeon General Calls to Action are science-based summary documents intended to stimulate action nationwide to solve an urgent public health problem, typically across multiple sectors. This Call to Action would be used to increase public awareness, improve surveillance, clarify the disability and financial cost from vision loss, help standardize public health and clinical practice, and, ultimately, ensure that all people enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy eyes and clear sight.

“Vision issues can effect anyone across the age spectrum, from infants to seniors, impacting everything from learning to the ability to work and be independent,” said Mitchell V. Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., chair of Vision 2020/USA. “With the help of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and his colleagues, we can work together to successfully address and improve vision health in our country.”

Groups signing onto the letter include American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Casey Eye Institute, Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Eye Bank Association of America, Himalayan Cataract Project, Hellen Keller International, Illinois College of Optometry, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness- North America Region, International Eye Foundation, Lighthouse Guild, Lions Clubs International, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, Orbis International, Prevent Blindness, SEE International, SEVA Foundation, University of Utah- John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, Vision Impact Institute, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International.

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“The NASEM report clearly outlined the need for, and benefits arising from, improving vision and eye health programs and services, as well as recommendations on the tactics to reach that goal,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We are proud to join in the effort to engage entities across the country, including professional groups, Federal, State and local governments, and more, to address the rising numbers of vision loss and impairment.”

To view the letter from VISION 2020/USA, click here. For more information on vision advocacy, education and public health efforts, contact The International Agency for Prevention of Blindness at communications@iapb.org or visit http://www.iapb.org, or Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 and https://www.preventblindness.org/prevent-blindness-advocacy-initiatives.

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VSP Global Names Board Chairman

He has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010.

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(PRESS RELEASE) RANCHO CORDOVA, CA — The board of directors at VSP Global has named Gordon Jennings, OD, as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Jennings previously served as the vice chairman. He has been in private practice in Wytheville, VA, for more than 30 years, and has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010.

“We are pleased to have Gordon lead the VSP Global Board of Directors,” said outgoing board Chairman Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO. “As VSP Global continues to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors, Gordon will help provide the strategic guidance needed to ensure that we are best meeting the needs of our key stakeholders, including doctors, clients and members.”

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“I am honored to serve as the chairman of the board,” said Jennings. “As a practicing independent doctor of optometry, I believe the future of private practice is bright with many new opportunities available to us. I look forward to guiding and supporting VSP Global efforts that will help strengthen our profession.”

Jennings received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College and his doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. He routinely pursues continuing education to remain at the forefront of the latest and most advanced treatment techniques and technologies. He has received numerous awards for his service to the profession including the American Optometric Association’s Optometric Recognition Award for his dedication and commitment to the importance of continuing education and lifelong learning. He is also a recipient of SECO International’s Optometrist of the South Award as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award and Optometrist of the Year Award from the Virginia Optometric Association.

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RevolutionEHR Names VP of Operations

He was previously the director of product management.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MADISON, WI — Rev360 has named Corey Crawford as its vice president of operations for RevolutionEHR.

Crawford was previously the director of product management. In his new role he’ll bring a wealth of industry experience to oversee a fusion of software solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the eyecare professionals who use the product.

Crawford has worked in product management for such household names as AOL, MapQuest and Gogo (in-flight internet), along with a track record of delivering enterprise cloud-based solutions in healthcare and other industries. His experience across many different platforms positions him to oversee the progression of RevolutionEHR’s software.

“My goal is to synthesize everything into a comprehensive user experience, starting from the time a customer first looks at our product, to purchasing it, to implementing it, to using it, to mastering it — all of those are important milestones in the customer’s eyes,” said Crawford. “Pulling it all together into a cohesive experience for the customer is something I enjoy doing and have had a lot of success with.”

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“Corey has a tremendous understanding of software SaaS and technology platforms and an ability to transform that into real-world impact to our customers,” said Scott Filion, Rev360’s new CEO. “He also has the great skill of taking complex problems and distilling them down to the most basic common denominator to determine the quickest solution. We’re committed to delivering efficiency and effectiveness to our customers, and that’s why Corey’s going to lead the operations side of RevolutionEHR. He’s a doer.”

Crawford is an instrument-rated private pilot and is also a military veteran, having spent six years in the Air National Guard working on F-16 fighter jets as a Weapons Technician during the Iraq conflict.

Of his new role at RevolutionEHR, Crawford said, “It’s a great opportunity: The customers are awesome, the product is awesome, and yet there are many opportunities to make it better.”

Crawford can be reached ccrawford@rev-360.com

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Santinelli International Names Sales Consultant

He has been an associate and member of the client services team for the past 13 years.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HAUPPAUGE, NY – Santinelli International announces that Chris Sharkey has been promoted to sales consultant for the NY – Long Island Sound Territory, covering Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester Counties.

Sharkey has been a Santinelli associate and member of the client services team for the past 13 years.

Sharkey’s knowledge of Santinelli’s product line will be a valuable asset to its existing customer base as well as new prospects. Sharkey’s friendly, consultative approach will refresh Santinelli’s presence in one of its most important territories, its NY-Long Island backyard. Sharkey will be backed by Santinelli’s home office, located in Hauppauge, where the company hosts its technical service team, in-house repair center and much of its executive team.

“We are very excited about Chris’ addition to our sales team,” said Gerard Santinelli, president and CEO. “Chris is eager to take this valuable territory to the next level and is excited for the opportunity to represent Santinelli International and provide the best in-office finishing solutions in the industry. With Chris’ understanding of the industry and our products, the connectivity to our valued customer’s within this territory will be better than ever.”

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