Prevent Blindness is issuing the call for nominations for the “2022 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health,” and the third annual “Rising Visionary Award.”
Both the awards will be formally presented at the 11th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, to be held virtually, on July 13-14, 2022.
All nominations will be reviewed and the award recipients will be chosen by an all-volunteer committee.
The submission deadline for both awards is Feb. 4, 2022 at noon ET. The award recipients or representatives (if a group or organization) must be available to present (virtually) at the 2022 Focus on Eye Health National Summit.
The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health honors an individual, group, or organization that has made substantial contributions to the advancement of public health linked to vision and eye health at state, national, and/or international level.
The award serves as a living memorial to Jenny Pomeroy, who was the CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013, and a strong advocate for the advancement of public health and policy for vision and eye health issues.
The recipient of the 2021 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was R.V. 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 third annual Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to an optometry, ophthalmology, primary health care, nursing, or other health professional student or resident in the United States who has the best overall application and essay addressing the 2022 Focus on Eye Health National Summit theme: Eye-conic Approaches to Eye Health.
Shervonne Poleon, a Vision Science Graduate Program student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was named the 2021 Rising Visionary Award winner (UAB). Araba Otoo, an optometry student at The Ohio State University, was the first recipient for the 2020 award.
“Prevent Blindness is honored to recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to eye and vision health,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “If you or someone you know is creating positive change in the vision health of the public, we encourage you to submit a nomination or application today!”