Prevent Blindness Issues Call for Nominations for the 2023 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, and Rising Visionary Award

Call for nominations issued for the 2023 Prevent Blindness Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, and Rising Visionary Award

“Collectively, these two awards provide us an opportunity to celebrate contributors who have a long-standing record of public health work related to vision and the eyes, as well as emerging leaders in the area,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent To install Blindness.

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, is issuing the call for nominations for the “2023 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health,” and the fourth annual “Rising Visionary Award.” Both awards will be formally presented at the 12th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, on July 12-13, 2023.

A volunteer committee will review all nominations and select the award recipients. The submission deadline for both awards is Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at noon ET. The recipients or representatives (if a group or organization) must be available to present (virtually) at the 2023 Focus on Eye Health National Summit.

The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of public health and vision and eye health at the community, state, national, and/or international level. The highest honor that Prevent Blindness bestows, the award is a tribute to Jenny Pomeroy, who was the CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013, and an accomplished leader in advancing public health and policy for vision and eye health issues.

The recipient of the 2022 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was VOSH/International, a volunteer-based organization. Past award recipients include RV Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA, FACS, Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The John H. Panton, MD Professor of Ophthalmology, Director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) at West Virginia University (2020); Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (2019); the Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team (2018); John E. Crews, DPA, retired from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017); Bruce Moore, OD, retired from the New England College of Optometry (2016); and Richard T. Bunner, retired from the Ohio Department of Public Health (2015).

The fourth annual Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to a student or resident in a health-related field who submits the best overall application and essay addressing the 2023 Focus on Eye Health Summit theme, “Why the Eye?”

The 2022 Rising Visionary Award co-recipients were Marissa K. Shoji, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Hursuong Vongsachang, MD, MPH, Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Other past recipients include Shervonne Poleon, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); and Araba Otoo, US Department of Veteran Affairs and graduate from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

“Collectively, these two awards provide us an opportunity to celebrate contributors who have a long-standing record of public health work related to vision and the eyes, as well as emerging leaders in the area,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent To install Blindness. “We strongly encourage all those who have created positive change in this area to submit nominations today for our Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, or Rising Visionary Award, to be recognized for their sight-saving efforts.”

For more information on the Prevent Blindness Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, please visit https://preventblindness.org/jenny-pomeroy-award-for-excellence-in-vision-and-public-health/. Information on the Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award may be found at https://preventblindness.org/rising-visionary-award/. Or contact Nita Sinha, director of Public Health, at npatelsinha@preventblindness.org.

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, visit us at preventblindness.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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