Over 600 optometrists, optometry students, and leaders gathered in Washington DC last week to attend the 2016 Congressional Advocacy Conference. Representing the New England College were President Scott, NECO faculty Drs. Aurora Denial, Diane Russo, and Beth Harper, and several NECO students.
The event, sponsored by the American Optometric Society, took place from April 17-19 and provided participants the opportunity to attend meetings, network with other optometrists and students, and lobby for optometric-related legislation.
The focus of the conference was to discuss issues and new bills which will impact vision and health care and safeguard patient health. Following the initial conference, optometric leaders, students, and faculty conduct “Hill” visits. Colleagues and students from different optometric colleges gather together as a state delegation and visit their homestate Congressional leaders to discuss the bills which will impact the profession and their ability to care for patients.
These advocacy experiences allow optometric students to learn more about the role of government within optometric legislation and how their efforts can impact the future of the profession of optometry.
Read more about the event and current priorities on the AOA website.
Shown in photo: Massachusetts delegation representatives Danica Yang (SUNY), Nida Nasser (MCPHS), Shane Stevens (NECO), Hong Van Phan (NECO), Denis Shlosman (NECO), Aurora Denial OD, Diane Russo OD, Beth Harper OD, Brian Wadman OD, MSO President [not pictured Kathryn Brogan (SUNY)]
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. Located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, New England College of Optometry is the oldest college of optometry in the country. This small, independent graduate institution has been advancing optometric education, patient care, and public health since 1884. The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
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