Dr. Jacqueline Davis, Dr. Erica Shelton Receive Public Health Awards
At the American Public Health Association's (APHA) conference in October, Dr. Jacqueline Davis, Ohio State Optometry professor emeritus, received the Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Erica Shelton, Ohio State optometry PhD student and clinical instructor, received Distinguished Student Service Award for service to the organization's vision care section.
According to the APHA, the mission of the Vision Care Section is to promote health and well-being with an emphasis on vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships. The section serves as an advocate to ensure equality in and access to vision and eye health care as well as to ensure inclusion of vision in public health policy.
The goals of the Vision Care Section are to address vision care issues in public health through interdisciplinary collaboration between eye care providers and various public health advocates. More than 30 VCS-sponsored resolutions are now fully supported by APHA, all of which have been instrumental in federal and state advocacy efforts. Recent resolutions address childhood eye care, increasing access to vision rehabilitation, safeguarding eye care in disaster preparedness and improving access to vision care in community health centers. The VCS provides an opportunity for all groups involved in vision care to join forces, guide policy and effect change.