Vision Care
Section Newsletter
Fall 2003


The Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association is the leading professional association that promotes and protects vision and eye health for all people.

The mission of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association is to promote health and well-being with emphasis on vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships. The VCS serves as an advocate to insure equality in, and access to, vision and eye health care, and to ensure inclusion of vision in public health policy.


(Note from the newsletter editor: this was written in August—please excuse the time delay.)
August is the traditional time for recess for members of Congress. APHA is urging members to use this opportunity to deliver their message about some key issues. APHA is providing an “August recess” Web page through the member’s only portion of <>. This site gives information such as to town hall meeting schedules, etc.

One of the key issues that is important for your representative to know your views on right now is prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients. APHA now has a toll free number (compliments of AARP) that can be used in advocating on Medicare prescription drugs. If you call 1-888-786-2725, you can reach the Washington offices of members of Congress in order to deliver your opinion on this topic.

I am preparing for the Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-19, in San Francisco. I would like to invite any interested Vision Care Section member to attend the business meetings. The time and place of the business meetings are included in the program schedule. I look forward to seeing you there!


At the Annual Meeting in November in San Francisco, the Vision Care Section welcomes the following VCS members into leadership roles within the Section.

Ian B. Berger, FAAO
Gregory Wolfe, OD
Section Councilors
Concetta Daurio, OD, MBA, FAAO
Bernard Maslovitz, OD, MPH


For those members who did not attend the mid-year meeting, although the figures are small, we have had an increase in membership compared to last year. Thank you for joining a very active section in APHA. Please become involved in the VCS by attending the APHA Annual Meeting and the VCS business meetings in November.

The list below contains names of VCS members who have allowed their membership to lapse during the period from October 2002 to March 2003. As a section we need to make every effort to contact these individuals. It is possible that some of the people on the list have already renewed their membership. If you do call, and they inform you that they have already renewed, please notify me as the membership chair.

Yuka Akera, OD San Leandro, CA
Rodney W. Bellows, OD, Cadillac, MI
Michael Roy Duenas, OD, Chattahoochee, FL
Richard C. Edlow, OD, Baltimore, MD
Kristine M. Eng, OD, Orinda, CA
W.J. Garvin, MS, OD, Escondido, CA
George T. Katsoudas, Burlington, NC
James M. Kluckman, OD, MPH, Reston, VA
Jeffrey A. Larson, OD, Bellingham, WA
H.V. Marshall, OD Layton UT
Michael Sullivan Mee, OD, Albuquerque NM
Ralph E. Parkansky, OD, MBA, Memphis, TN
Leo J. Santucci, OD, Willimantic, CT (sent personal note)
William R. Sisson OD, Newport PA
Rosa An a Tang, MD Houston, TX
Brian S. Thamel, OD Paxton, MA
Stuart J. Thomas, OD Athens, GA
Marc B. Webb, OD Waukesha, WI
G.Scott Williamson, OD., Tyrone, GA
Howard J. Braverman, OD, Hollywood, FL
Rachel L. Coulter, OD, Davie FL
Samuel C. Giveen, OD, Almeda, CA
Wallace J. Knapp, OD Upper Sandusky, OH
Wendy L.Marsh-Tootle, OD, MS, Birmingham, AL
Bruce Moore, OD, Boston, MA
Rex A. Newcomb, BS OD, Marshfield, MO
Joann B. Strain, OD, Pittsburgh, PA
Robert N. Williams Jr., OD, Myrtle Beach, CA
Stanley Woo, OD. Houston TX
Karen McLaughlin, MPH CHES, Wallingford CT

One more item: members should update their e-mail addresses on the APHA membership Web page, <>. After sending a recent e-mail, a number of messages were returned, including those of some of our very active members. The VCS communicates actively via e-mail. Thank you for your attention to this detail.


Satya Verma, Chair of the Awards Committee, announced the following people or organizations will receive awards at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco:

Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Stanley Yamane

Outstanding Student Paper -- Brian D. Mitchell, G. Lynn Mitchell and Kelly Nichols for their paper entitled, “Adherence to Diabetic Standard of care Guidelines”


At the VCS mid-year meeting in San Diego in June 2003, Sima Lal reported many activities in the Vision Care Section relating to her role as liaison to the American Optometric Student Association. Each student liaison at each college of optometry receives articles and news on public health and visual health. She distributed informational folders to AOSA student leaders at the AOSA annual meeting at a presentation. She forwards information to the colleges of optometry regarding such news that may be of interest to students such as HRSA, membership in the APHA Student Caucus, becoming involved in resolution writing and staying involved in APHA.

A formal application to support student membership in the Vision Care Section of APHA was made to Vistakon, a Johnson & Johnson health care products company by VCS Membership Chair Morton Silverman. Vistakon has been supporting student membership in the VCS since 1995. Since that time, roughly 360 optometry students have been able to participate in APHA. In mid-August each year, the AOSA provides a National Liaison for APHA. The role of this liaison is to ensure that each of the 19 schools and colleges of optometry also has a local liaison to APHA. There are two free memberships provided for each of these schools thanks to Vistakon. The National Liaison is also given a second free year membership, and there are enough funds to sponsor one more membership, either for an outstanding former student member, or an extra membership for a school that has a very worthy applicant. Student membership in APHA is $50 per year. Oftentimes this is a burden on a student’s budget. By continuing to assist students in becoming members of APHA, Vistakon is enabling future eye care practitioners to become familiar with the broader world of public health. The Vision Care Section is very grateful to Vistakon for its support of visual health and APHA.

Bill Monaco, chair-elect of the VCS, would also like to remind all APHA student members to become involved in the Public Health Student Caucus. “If a student is interested in improving health, looking for an outlet to channel creative energy to help others, is interested in community service, concerned about finding a job, fellowship or internship, and would like to become a leader in public health - they may contact <> for details of what the PHSC is all about. It is a great organization for students. Student involvement is crucial to the continued growth and success of the Vision Care Section. We have been very fortunate to have Sima Lal as our active and interested optometry student representative.”


Representative Bill Pasrcell has introduced HR 2173, a bill that would increase the number of children that receive a comprehensive eye exam. If fully enacted, it would provide states with $75 million that could be used for educating parents about the importance of eye exams, improving compliance after a failed screening or to help families better afford eye exams.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--Florida governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill mandating vision checks for elderly drivers who want to renew their drivers licenses. The measure, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires Floridians 80 or older who apply to renew their licenses to be tested at driver's-license offices or, if renewing by mail, to submit a form signed by a doctor confirming that their vision is adequate. Under current Florida law, the six-year license can be renewed by mail, with no vision test required, if the driver has not had an accident during the first six
years, so many drivers go 12 years without having their vision checked. Only 13 other states have special requirements for older drivers to renew their licenses.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has been working with medical professionals in Oregon to implement new public safety legislation focused on medically at-risk drivers. As a result, the mandatory driving-related reporting requirements of doctors and health care providers in Oregon are changing. “The Oregon legislature stipulated that determinations regarding a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle should not be based solely on chronological age or diagnosis of a medical condition, but on the actual effects of cognitive and functional impairments on a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle,” according to Claudia Grimm, At-Risk Driver Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Transportation. The new reporting requirements are being phased in over a one-year period in different counties around the state.

For more information about the program, contact:
Claudia Grimm
Oregon DMV; Driver Programs
1905 Lana Ave. NE
Salem, OR 97314

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites educational and research institutions to apply for the Clinical Research Curriculum Award (CRCA or K30). All NIH Institutes and Centers support this program. The initial and competing renewal awards will be for five years each. Applications in response to this RFA may be either new or competitive renewals.

The CRCA is an award to institutions and addresses, in part, the NIH's commitment to improve the quality of training in clinical research. The NIH recognizes that highly trained clinical researchers are needed in order to capitalize on the many profound developments and discoveries in basic science and to translate them to clinical settings. This RFA is intended to stimulate the inclusion of high-quality, multidisciplinary didactic training as part of the career development of clinical investigators. The CRCA supports the development and/or improvement of core courses designed as in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology, and theory necessary for the well-trained, independent, clinical researcher. While many NIH programs support research experiences for new clinicians, not all of these trainees have the opportunity to receive formal course work in the design of clinical research projects, hypothesis development, biostatistics, epidemiology, disease mechanisms, medical technology, human genetics, and the legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research. This award is intended to support the development of new didactic programs in clinical research at institutions that do not currently offer such programs and, in institutions with existing didactic programs in clinical research, to support and expand programs or to improve the quality of instruction. The goal of this program is to improve the training of the participants, so that upon completion of their training, they can more effectively compete for research funding.

For the purpose of this award, clinical research includes: patient-oriented research, epidemiologic and behavioral studies, and outcomes or health services research. The NIH defines patient-oriented research as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) that requires direct interactions with human subjects. Patient-oriented research includes study of disease, therapeutic interventions and clinical trials.

The National Institutes of Health announce a call for letters of intent for RFA HL-04-004 is due Dec. 16, 2003, with applications due Jan. 16, 2004.

Community Awards To Support Healthy People 2010 Vision Objectives Social & Health Services, Ltd., on behalf of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce the 2004 round of the Healthy Vision 2010 Community Awards Program to provide funding for community-based education and health promotion projects that address the vision objectives in Healthy People 2010, <>.

Nonprofit organizations, including community-based organizations and groups, schools, faith-based organizations, civic groups, and state and local health departments and agencies are encouraged to apply.

Collaborations are encouraged, and preference will be given to applications reflecting broad-based sponsorship. Each award is worth up to $10,000 per year. Applications were due Aug. 29, 2003; awards will be announced Dec. 1.

Application forms and information are available at <>, or by contacting Saundra Townsend at Social & Health Services by telephone (301-770-5800, Ext. 5243) or e-mail, <>.


Physicians For A National Health Plan (PNHP) will be meeting on Saturday, Nov.15, 2003, at the Palace Hotel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The title of their program is "The Health Care Debate Re-Opens: Opportunities For PNHP." The cost of the program is $95, which includes lunch and dinner. This organization promotes the principles of accessible and affordable health care for all. For more information contact PNHP, 29 E. Madison, Suite 602, Chicago IL 60602, (314) 782-6006,

The APHA 131st Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California is Nov. 15-19,2003: “Behavior, Lifestyle, and Social Determinants of Health.”

The VCS Business Meetings will be held on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2:00-5:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The following scientific sessions are sponsored by the Vision Care Section:
MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2003: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
(3087.0) Outreach Programs for Allied Health Care in the Community (Joint-sponsored by Vision Care & Oral Health); J. A. Shoemaker, Moderator
8:30 a.m. — (55845)Agenda setting strategies for fluoridation of community water systems. H. Felix, MPA
8:45 a.m. — (60448)Development and Implementation of a Soft Tissue Management Program in a Community Health Clinic. H. Schallhorn, RDH
9:00 a.m. — (60179)Glasses for Humanity and Vision for Humanity. I. B. Berger, MD, DrPH; R. S. Tolmach, BA, BArch
9:15 a.m. — (63466)Demonstrating the Need for Care: Community Referrals and the Prevalence of Systemic and Ocular Disease. E. M. Gable, OD, FAAO
9:30 a.m. — (65423)Strategies to assure access and equity: A methodology for assessing the costs of distance learning applications in postdoctoral dental residency programs. N. A. Demby, DMD, MPH; S. L. Dietrich, DMD

MONDAY, NOV.17, 2003: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
(3246.0) Vision and Health Issues in Children (Joint-sponsored by Vision Care, School Health Education and Services and Maternal and Child Health); S. S. Block, OD, Moderator
12:30 p.m. — (60362)Partnerships between school nurses, local health departments and the community to improve immunization rates. P. Riley, BSN, RN, NCSN; N. Bobo, RN, MSN
12:45 p.m. — (68391)Making School Health Policy Decisions: State Medication Standards and Guidelines. N. A. Blume, RN,PHN, MPH; C. E. Smoot, RN,PHN,MPH; G. M. Willems, BA, MA, PHD Cand
1:00 p.m. — (62422)Consent and confidentiality issues in school health settings. S. G. Praeger, EdD, APRN,BC
1:15 p.m. — (60402)Quality of life improvements following childhood strabismus surgery. P. A. Wren, PhD, MPH; D. C. Musch, PhD, MPH; S. M. Archer, MD; K. E. Guire, MS; M. A. Del Monte, MD
1:30 p.m. — (63434)Vision In Preschoolers (VIP) study. D. A. Orel-Bixler, PhD, OD; P. P. Schmidt, OD,MS

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2003: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
(4087.0) Ambulatory Care Topics (Joint-sponsored by Oral Health, Vision Care & Chiropractic Health Care); K. Nichols, OD, MS, MPH, Moderator
8:30 a.m. — (55813)Eye care in the physician office setting: An analysis of data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. A. R. Morse, PhD; R. R. Arons, DrPH; E. S. Yatzkan, PhD
8:45 a.m. — (73216)Optometric quality of care through the review of provider records: Emphasis on Inter-rater Reliability. M. Soroka, PhD
9:00 a.m. — (57970)Determinants of regular dental visits: Beyond insurance coverage. A. Ahmed, BDS, PhD, MSPH; H. M. Hazelkorn, DDS, PhD
9:15 a.m. — (62040)Changes In Adult Dental Health Status: NHANES I To NHANES III. W. B. Jones, MSIE; S. O. Griffin, PhD; L. Barker; E. D. Beltran, DDS, Dr PH; P. M. Griffin, PhD
9:30 a.m. — (60519)Practice of chiropractic wellness care among participants in a practice-based research program. C. Hawk, DC, PhD; C. R. Long, PhD; D. Marchiori, DC, MS

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2003: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
(4175.0) Aging, Vision and Oral Health (Joint-sponsored by Gerontological Health, Vision Care & Oral Health ); D. Hettler, OD MPH FAAO, Moderator
12:30 p.m. — (57259)Vision Rehabilitation Programs Under Medicare: Policy and Clinical Models. S. Gormezano, OD; J. Stelmack, OD
12:45 p.m. — (57387)Using the VA LV VFQ-48 to Measure the Difficulty Visually Impaired Patients Have Performing Daily Living Tasks. J. Stelmack, OD
1:00 p.m. — (61259)Developing a program of physical activity for persons over 50 with low vision. B. Litke, MA; C. Wirts, MS
1:15 p.m. — (56540)Access to oral health care for older adults in a rural based community: Are intervention efforts making a difference in service utilization? E. Jurkowski, PhD; C. J. Lautar, PhD; T. Okino
1:30 p.m. — (73123)Aging, vision loss, and the risks of disease and injury. G. L. Goodrich, PhD
Tuesday 2:30-4:00 in Podiatric Health Session
Prevention of Disease and Disability in Allied Health Settings
VC 63677: Juvenile Diabetic Retinopathy Prevention Program
Elizabeth Holzhauser, MPH CHES 1, Patti Herring, PhD, RN 2, K. Dickson-Ivany 1, Susan Kang 3, Charles Letcher, MD 1

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2003: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
(5136.0) Healthy Vision 2010: Building a Health Community (Sponsored by Vision Care Section); N. K. Bowyer, OD,MS,MPH,FAAO, Moderator
12:30 p.m. — (73349)Healthy Vision 2010 Overview - Norma Bowyer, OD.
12:45 p.m. — (73359)Healthy Vision 2010: Resources. J. A. Shoemaker
1:00 p.m. — (73381)HV2010 Healthy Eyes Healthy People. J. Whitener, OD,MPH
1:15 p.m. — (73352)Healthy Vision 2010 Surveillance - Kathleen Turczyn, MPH (TBA).
1:30 p.m. — (73353)West Virginia Healthy People 2010 - Vision - Toms Sims.
1:45 p.m. — (73354)Questions & Answers - Panel



Section Chair:
Valarie Conrad, OD, MPH
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
Office: (312) 949-7304

Past Chair:
Scott Pike, OD
Beaverton Optometric Group
2365 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Portland, OR 97225
Office (503) 646-5194

Bill Monaco, OD
23 Lynam Lookout Dr.
Newark, DE 19702
Work Phone: (302) 598-3698

Janet Leasher, OD, MPH (’04)
3200 S. University Drive #1488
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Office: (954) 262-1488

Membership Chair:
Morton W. Silverman, OD
NOVA Southeastern University, HPP
College of Optometry
3200 S. University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Office: (954) 262-1440

Awards Chair:
Satya B. Verma
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Office: (215) 780-1345
FAX: (215) 780-1327

Program Chair:
Debbie Hettler, OD, MPH
Truman Veterans Hospital
Mail Stop 112-Eye Clinic
800 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65201
Office: (573) 443-6519-pager 421
(573) 814-6575
FAX: (573) 814-8800

Nominations Chair:
Scott Pike, OD
Beaverton Optometric Group
2365 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Portland, OR 97225
Office (503) 646-5194

Newsletter Editor:
Janet Leasher, OD, MPH (’04)
3200 S. University Drive #1488
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
Office: (954) 262-1488

AOSA Liaison:
Miss Sima Lal (’04)
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 South Michigan Ave., Box 202
Chicago, IL 60616
Home: (312) 498-1183

APHA Action Board Representative
Paul Holland, OD, MHSA ('02)
Browning Indian Health Hospital
Optometry Clinic
Blackfeet Service Unit
Browning, MT 59417
Office: (406) 338-6140

Norma Bowyer, OD, MPA ('01)
244 Wagner Road
Morgantown, WV 26501
Home: (304) 291-5051

R. Norman Bailey, OD, MPH ('02)
3120 Holly Hall Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Office: (713) 743-1916

Scott Pike, OD
Beaverton Optometric Group
2365 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Portland, OR 97225
Office (503) 646-5194

Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD ('03)
Jewish Guild for the Blind
15 West 65th Street
New York City, NY 10023-6601
Office: (212) 769-6200

Greg Hom OD, MPH ('04)
11230 Sorrento Valley Rd, Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 858-535-9835

Gary Chu, OD ('04)

Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD ('05)
The Ohio State University College of Optometry
320 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Work Phone: (614) 688-5381

Wende W. Wu, OD, MPH, MS ('05)
Northern Navajo Medical Center
Hwy 666 North; PO Box 160
Shiprock, NM 87420
Phone: (505) 368-7127

Web Page Editor
Greg Hom OD, MPH (’04)
11230 Sorrento Valley Rd, Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 858-535-9835