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Eyes on Access: We’ve Decided to Offer Vision Services in Our Health Center, Now What?
Join us on November 2 from 3:00-4:30pm ET for a webinar hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Prevent Blindness, and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

In this webinar, we will take a deeper dive into the feasibility of opening an optometry department within a community health center. You’ll learn about what it takes to create an optical, budgeting, best practices for hiring and staffing, and how your peers have overcome challenges in starting up vision services in their own health centers.

Learning objectives:
1. Raise awareness of the feasibility of opening an optometry department within CHCs; creation of an optical; and hiring/staffing needs
2. Build skills in operationalizing the integration of vision services into health centers; and
3. Learn from peers how to overcome challenges in the process of integrating vision services into health centers.

Recommended pre-reading: Spring 2022 two-part webinar series "Eyes on Access" which can be found on the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse or at https://www.healthcenterinfo.org/results/?Combined=Eyes+on+Access

Nov 2, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov. 


Kristin White, OD
Director of Optometry @Mact Health Board Inc.
Dr. Kristin White is a graduate of New England College of Optometry. She is residency trained in community health optometry. Dr. White has a strong passion for providing eye care where it is most needed and has provided care on international clinics in Central and South America, on an Indian Reservation and in an underserved area of Boston. Currently she practices at a community health center in rural, Northern California, where she helped to develop the Optometry department.
Debi Sarma, OD
Optometrist @Fenway Health Community Health Center
Dr. Debi Sarma is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Canada) and the New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA). Her specialized interest in public health led her to complete a residency in community health optometry. She currently provides eye care and teaches graduate students at a federally qualified health center in the Boston area that centers on providing care to LGBTQIA+ people and marginalized populations. She has experience in national clinical operations, regulation and compliance, mobile eye care, clinical trials, diversity equity and inclusion, and youth career engagement.
Greg Stone, BA
CEO @Peachtree Health, Marysville, CA
Peach Tree Health is an independent, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center comprised of eight health centers and two mobile dental clinics. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive medical home to the communities in California's Capital Region. Peach Tree cares for over 40,000 people annually, including five eye clinic locations. Peach Tree Vision is now the largest provider of eye care for Medi-Cal patients in northern California.
Julie Le, OD, MBA
Chief, Eye Care Center @Lowell Community Health Services, Lowell, MA
As Chief of the Eye Care Center since 2017, Dr. Le’s mission is to deliver comprehensive eye care services within a culturally competent medical home for Lowell Community Health Center patients. Dr. Le is an adjunct professor of the Southern California College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, and New England College of Optometry, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. She earned her MBA in Finance from University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Manning School of Business. With a grant from the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is currently planning eye care services in a school-based health center.
April Walgenbach, OD
@Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska
Dr. Walgenbach received her Doctor of Optometry in 2021 from Pacific University. She has a passion for ocular disease and enjoys working with patients of all ages. She completed internships in hospital-based optometry at an IHS and VA as well as an internship working alongside ophthalmologists assisting with pre- and post-operative procedures. She currently provides vision services at Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska in Soldotna.
Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Optometry Services @Emory Eye Center
Dr. Susan Primo is a graduate of New England College of Optometry, 1985. She is the Director of Optometry Services at Emory Eye Center and Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. She also practices as a Clinical Optometrist at Grady Hospital Neighborhood Health Center.