Prevent Blindness Launches The Focus Initiative


Prevent Blindness has launched “The Focus Initiative,” a virtual forum for those working in vision and public health.  The program was debuted today at the non-profit group’s 2016 Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, D.C.

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The Focus Initiative is a professional network that encourages the sharing of resources, including vision research, research grant opportunities, professional recognition, training materials, webinars, events, etc., among the vision and public health community. Those interested in participating can join the dedicated LinkedIn group by visiting

The first webinar of The Focus Initiative will be held, Tues., Sept. 20, 2016, on the release of the upcoming consensus study, “Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health,” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Registration information will be released in the upcoming weeks.

Scheduled speakers for the webinar representing the NASEM Consensus Study Committee include:

  • Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH (Study Chair), University of California – Los Angeles’s Fielding School of Public Health
  • Lori Grover, OD, PhD
  • Peter Jacobson, JD, MPH, University of Michigan’s School of Public Health
  • Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine

“By bringing together professionals to share ideas and resources, we can effectively create strategies to save sight and protect healthy vision for people at all stages of life,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.  “The Focus Initiative will provide professionals with immediate access to the latest information, tools and programs from some of the most respected names and institutions across the country.”

For more information on The Focus Initiative from Prevent Blindness, please call (800) 331-2020 or visit


About Prevent Blindness

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.  Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research.  These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public.  Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America.  For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at or

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