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Transitions Optical Roundtable Paper

Participants of a recent Transitions Optical roundtable agreed that there is a great need for eyecare professionals to collaborate with general health professionals, and health-based community and cultural organizations, to promote eye health education and provide eyecare across diverse populations.

>>>The corresponding paper can be downloaded for free at MyMulticulturalToolkit.com>>>

Key points the roundtable paper addresses:

•    Common overall health issues among diverse populations and implications for eye health
•    Cultural considerations for improving quality of care
•    Collaborative opportunities for improving quality of care and reaching new patients
•    Best practices and strategies from the general health care sector and health-based, community and cultural organizations
•    Resources that can be used to promote eye health education and collaboration

The paper is authored by roundtable participants, who represent multiple points of interaction with at-risk diverse populations:
•    Neyal Ammary-Risch, MPH, MCHES – Director, National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), National Eye Institute
•    Mila and Jimmy Ferrer – Bloggers and Co-Founders of Familias con Diabetes
•    Margo LaDrew – National Board Member, National Council of Negro Women and Founder, Black Beauty Shop Program
•    Edwin Marshall, OD, MS, MPH – Professor Emeritus of Optometry and Former Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University
•    Charlotte Parniawski, RN-BC, MSN, CNE – Nurse Educator, Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, part of the Yale New Haven Health System
•    Diane Sheehan, APRN, CDE – Nurse Practitioner, Northeast Medical Group, Bridgeport, part of the Yale New Haven Health System
•    Dan Suarez – President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
•    Vincent Young, MD – Chairman, Division of Ophthalmology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia

The paper can be downloaded and ordered, free-of-charge, at MyMulticulturalToolkit.com.

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