Envisioning Equity in Eye Care Program

(all times are ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 16

1 - 2:15pm: Welcome from ARVO President & Opening Keynote ― Lessons from the Health Equity COVID-19 Task Force
The COVID-19 global pandemic shined a bright light on the health disparities within the U.S. health care system. The time to implement real solutions is now. Join this session to hear lessons learned from health professionals treating COVID-19 and leave with a new understanding of the social determinants of health and the work needed to close the equity gap.

  • Welcome ― ARVO President Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, FARVO
  • Welcome and Conference Overview ― Kristen Harris Nwanyanwu, MD, MBA, MHS
  • What are Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health? Understanding the Epidemiology of Disparities in Ophthalmology ― Angela R. Elam, MD
  • Keynote Presentation: Lessons from the Health Equity COVID 19 Task Force ― Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MS
  • A Conversation with Dr. Nunez-Smith [moderated by Dr. Nwanyanwu]

2:25 - 3:30pm: Using data to reveal disparities
Identifying health disparities is the first step to eliminating them. Examining health care and genetic “big data” in new ways and redesigning clinical trials to include diverse patient population are proven methods to reveal inequities. In this session, you will learn how these methods are being applied to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of eye-related diseases and disorders.  

  • Opportunities and Challenges in AI to Tackle Disparities by Omolola Ogunyemi, PhD 
  • Genetics and Health Disparities by Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD 
  • Big Data/National Surveys/ Accessing IRIS Registry Data to Identify Disparities by Sally L. Baxter, MD, MSc 
  • How Clinical Trials Can Address Health Disparities by Matthew Cunningham, MD [moderated by R. V. Paul Chan,  MD, MSc, MBA]

3:40 - 4:30pm: Research funding opportunities
Funding is available for research projects that address issues of health equity and to assist underrepresented minorities (URMs) with their research and clinical careers. You will leave this session with the knowledge you need to locate and apply for these funding opportunities.

  • NIH: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research Addressing Eye and Vision Health Equity/Health Disparities ― Jimmy Lee, ScD
  • Non-Government Funding Sources by Ahmara G. Ross, MD, PhD
  • Promoting Diversity in Health-related Research through Training and Career Development Funding by Neeraj Agarwal, PhD [moderated by Adrienne W. Scott, MD]

Thursday, Nov. 17

1 - 1:45pm ― Building interventions to address disparities
It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.” – Wendell Berry

Learn from your colleagues who are studying options to improve access to care. You will leave this session with knowledge of what works and what does not.

  • Primary Care-Based Teleretinal Screening Protocol for the Los Angeles County Safety Net by Lauren P. Daskivich, MD, MSHS
  • Sight-Saving Engagement and Evaluation in New Haven (SEEN) Program by Kristen Harris Nwanyanwu, MBA, MD, MHS
  • The Support, Educate, Empower (SEE) Personalized Glaucoma Coaching Program by Paula Anne Newman-Casey, MD, MS [moderated by Paul P. Lee, JD, MD]

1:55 - 2:45pm ― Place-based solutions to address disparities
Reducing health disparities to improve health outcomes is a complex challenge that extends far beyond the reach of traditional health care settings.“ - Brown et al., 2019

During this interactive session, the presenters will lead an open dialogue about creating health disparities interventions through partnerships between researchers, clinicians and community leaders. Join in the conversation and leave with new ideas to explore.

  • Faith-Based Organizations by Angela R. Elam, MD
  • Rural Telemedicine by Yao Liu, MD MS
  • Schools by Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH
  • Public Housing by Lisa A. Hark, PhD,MBA [moderated by Lindsay Anne Rhodes, MD, MSPH]

2:55 - 3:45pm ― Increasing diversity within eye and vision
Increasing the number of URMs in the pipeline to become ophthalmologists, optometrists, and eye and vision researchers is key to increasing workforce diversity. The presenters in this session will describe scholarship and mentor programs available to URMs. The session will conclude with an open dialogue with panelists to uncover unmet needs and share best practices.

  • Minority Mentoring in Ophthalmology (MOM) by Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD
  • Rabb-Venable Program by O'Rese J. Knight, MD
  • Building Scholar/Pipeline Programs for LGBT+ by César A. Briceño, MD
  • Panel Discussion with Keith D. Carter, MD; Peter W. MacIntosh, MD; Fasika Woreta, MD, MPH; Ruth Shoge, OD, MPH; Ahmara Gibbons Ross, MD, PhD [moderated by Keith D. Carter, MD]

3:55 - 4:45pm ― Closing Keynote: Public health and disparities research - A NIH/NEI strategic area of emphasis
The National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities are partnering to tackle health disparities. Attend this session to hear Dr. Chiang and Dr. Pérez-Stable discuss this partnership and how you can get involved.

  • Panelist: Michael F. Chiang, MD, Director of National Eye Institute
  • Panelist: Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) [moderated by Eve Higginbotham, MD, SM, ML]

* Program is subject to change

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