APHA Vision Care Section seeks abstracts

January 16, 2013

The American Public Health Association (APHA) Vision Care Section invites presentations of original research on public health issues pertaining to vision and eye care. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome, and interdisciplinary work and student abstracts are highly encouraged. The deadline is Feb. 4.

The 2013 APHA Meeting’s “Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World” theme provides an opportunity to highlight a spectrum of public health concerns for vision and eye health, from vision loss prevention to eye health promotion. They are interested in promoting a multifaceted program. The following topics are intended to stimulate, rather than to limit, the scope of submissions.

  • Barriers and facilitators to access to eye care
  • Children’s vision and eye care needs
  • Economic burden and cost-effectiveness analysis in vision and eye care
  • Evidence-based policy and practice in eye care
  • Health promotion and vision loss
  • Impact of vision impairment on health, functioning, social participation, and the environment
  • Integrated medical, oral health and vision care delivery models (organized jointly with Vision Care Section)
  • Preventing vision loss and promoting eye health across the lifespan
  • The right to sight: A global perspective
  • Translating ocular research into community health
  • Vision and aging
  • Other

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. All presenters must be Individual members of the APHA and register for the meeting in order to present. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting.

Continuing Education Credit: APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, and those certified in public health at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide: 1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names; 2) at least one MEASURABLE SINGLE objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List. 3) A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement; Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement: (I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.) 4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional.

Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of more than 30 areas will be provided online from which to choose. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to six areas tol address.

Contact Annette Ferebee at annette.ferebee@apha.org with any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.

Program Planner Contact Information:
John E. Crews, DPA
National Center on Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, E-88
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 404-498-3013


Nita Patel, O.D., MPH
Department of Public Health & Government Affairs
Prevent Blindness America
211 W Wacker Dr, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-363-6019
Fax: 313-363-6052

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