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APHA meeting to feature President’s Session on vision

October 26, 2012

The American Public Health Association (APHA), the world’s oldest, largest, and most diverse organization of public health professionals, will feature a special president’s session organized by APHA President Melvin D. Shipp, O.D., Dr.P.H.

Dr. Shipp, dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry and recent AOA Optometrist of the Year, is the first optometrist ever to hold the office of APHA president.

To commemorate his presidential year, Dr. Shipp will host a session titled “Collaborating for a Quality Life-Span Through Vision.”

“Infant development involves the attainment of many important milestones. Unfortunately, eye and vision milestones are often overlooked. This session will raise awareness for the need for timely vision assessments to optimize infant and childhood development and ensure health quality throughout life,” said Dr. Shipp, who will lead a panel including Glen T. Steele, O.D., Marian C. Levy, Dr.P.H., R.D., M. Kathleen Murphy, D.N.P., Marianne M. Hillemeier, Ph.D., MPH, and Tom Sullivan, who is an actor, motivational speaker, author, and the past recipient of the AOA Apollo Award.

The session will be Oct. 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The APHA annual meeting, Oct. 27-31, in San Francisco, Calif., is expected to attract more than 13,000 clinicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists from around the world, according to Gregory Wolfe, O.D., MPH, chair-elect of the APHA Vision Care Section (VCS).

In addition to Dr. Shipp’s special president’s session, the Vision Care Section will be putting on a robust scientific program.

The APHA-VCS encourages everyone with an interest in vision care and public health to attend the annual meeting and participate in the VCS business meeting.

For information on the APHA Vision Care Section, see the section’s Web page at www.apha.org/membergroups/sections/aphasections/vision/ or contact Dr. Wolfe at g.s.wolfe@gmail.com.

For additional information on the APHA Annual Meeting, log onto www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.

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