The strength of The Center for Vision and Population Health lies in its capacity to convene stakeholders across multiple academic institutions, local and state governments, private nonprofits, industry, and consumers to respond with agility and integrity to address public health and vision problems relevant to the lives of people with or at risk of vision impairment. By drawing together the best minds in the country, the Center will identify critical gaps in vision and public health and create strategies to respond to them while ensuring new perspectives are brought to bear, and an interest in vision and eye health will continue to spread.
Initially, the Center is convening an Executive Planning Committee to ensuring the right mix of advisors are engaged, priorities for the Center are clearly established, and that the scope of priorities is focused. Subsequent to this work, a core group of targeted multi-disciplinary experts will be identified to serve as the Center’s Advisory Committee. Rather than act as advocates for specific organizations, Advisory Committee and workgroup members will be asked to represent their individual perspectives and leverage their professional experiences while being guided by scientific evidence leading toward a group consensus approach.
The committee’s primary role will be to identify a limited number of critical topics with the greatest potential to affect vision and eye health at the population level. The Advisory Committee will leverage data from improved surveillance efforts – including state and national survey data – as well as peer-reviewed scientific literature to identify areas of geographic, population, and disease significance that provide opportunity for significant impact.