Webinar: Diabetes + Your Eyes
A Conversation Around Patient-Centered Care
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – 6:00-7:00 pm Eastern
Are you living with diabetes and wondered how your health care providers work together to maintain your eyesight? Prevent Blindness will be hosting a FREE webinar which will explain how health care providers coordinate care for persons with diabetes, talk with each other, and consider your needs as a patient. We will hear from a person living with diabetes who has diabetes-related eye disease, along with leading doctors from throughout the U.S. who care for individuals with diabetes.
In this webinar you will learn:
- What patient-centered care is and why it’s important in maintaining your eye health.
- Learn about the different types of health care providers and supporting health professionals care for people with diabetes and eye health.
- Understand how improved care coordination and communication among your health care providers is important for your overall health.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experts.
- Ophthalmologist: Kristen Nwanyanwu, MD, MBA, MHS, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University
- Primary care physician and health services researcher: Michael Barnett, MD, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
- Vision rehabilitation specialist: Susan A. Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO; Director, Optometry and Vision Rehabilitation Service, Emory Eye Center; Professor, Department of Ophthalmology Emory University School of Medicine
- Diabetes research & education: Patricia Grant, MS, PhD, Vice President of Research, The Chicago Lighthouse; Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Patient: Tamica Nelson
- Moderator: Jeff Todd, President and CEO at Prevent Blindness
Speaker and Moderator Bios
Michael L. Barnett, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Michael L. Barnett is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Barnett received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency and fellowship in primary care and general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Barnett’s research focuses on high-risk medications, organization of primary and specialty care, and most recently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes. He collaborates with a wide range of research partners on these topics, including public health systems in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, as well as hospital systems and health insurers. He is the recipient of multiple research awards including citations for best research of the year from the Society of General Internal Medicine, National Institute of Healthcare Management, and AcademyHealth. His work has been covered widely in national media including the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and CNN. He is an Associate Editor at Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, the official journal of AcademyHealth, and a recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging.
Patricia Grant, MS, PhD
Vice President of Research, The Chicago Lighthouse
Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Patricia Grant is the Lauren M. Ross Chair in Low Vision Research and Vice President of Research at The Chicago Lighthouse, as well as a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Grant’s work centers on understanding the behavioral and psychosocial factors related to diabetes eye examination adherence and delivering educational interventions designed to support diabetes prevention, with a specific focus on at-risk underserved populations. Her research also involves investigating assistive technologies for people who are visually impaired and blind and evaluating telehealth platforms designed to improve the access to and quality of eye care services. Dr. Grant earned an MS degree and PhD in Public Health Sciences from the School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences Division, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Tamica Nelson is a patient financial representative at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina. In 2007, Tamica was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A year later she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She sees an endocrinologist who has helped her keep her diabetes under control. The last two years have been challenging for Tamica. She lost her only sister at the age of 41 from diabetes and kidney failure and her mother to leukemia. In addition, two years ago Tamica began noticing some problems with her vision and was referred to a retina specialist who has been providing wonderful care. Tamica has been married for 18 years and has two boys ages 14 and 12 years old. She loves the Lord, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Kristen Nwanyanwu, MD, MBA, MHS
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University
Dr. Kristen Nwanyanwu graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan. Her degrees in African-American Studies and Biochemistry became the foundation for her career as a health disparities researcher. At the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her medical degree and MBA from the Wharton School. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon. She completed residency at the University of Michigan and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After joining the Yale faculty, she was selected for the YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars Program through which she completed her Master of Health Science with Honors. She is currently the PI for the NIH-funded Sight-Saving Engagement and Evaluation in New Haven (SEEN) Program, a multi-method approach to identifying and addressing health disparities in diabetic retinopathy. She has lectured nationally on health disparities, access to care, and the surgical management of diabetic retinopathy.
Susan A. Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO
Director, Optometry and Vision Rehabilitation Service, Emory Eye Center
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Susan Primo is Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Optometry and Vision Rehabilitation Services at the Emory University Eye Center in Atlanta, GA. Believing that strategic public health approaches to address visual impairment and loss are desperately needed, Dr. Primo completed her MPH degree to help combat this problem. Her goal is to increase access to primary eye care services especially in underserved communities to reduce the burden of preventable vision loss and to improve quality of life for those who may have lost vision. She is co-chair of Prevent Blindness Center for Vision and Population Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Primo also specializes in low vision/visual rehabilitation working with patients who unfortunately become visually impaired. She has lectured and published extensively in this area and sits on numerous boards for the blind and visually impaired. Dr. Primo has been actively involved in vision rehabilitation research including low vision outcome studies, age-related macular degeneration and cortical reorganization, the Implantable Miniature Telescope clinical trials and development of VR/AR head-mounted displays to name a few.
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness
Jeff Todd is President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Blindness, overseeing an organization established in 1908 to prevent blindness and preserve sight across all age spectrums. Prevent Blindness accomplishes this by educating the American public on the importance of taking care of their eyes and vision, by promoting advances in public health systems of care that support eye health needs, and by advocating for public policy that emphasizes early detection of vision problems and access to appropriate eye care.
Mr. Todd joined the organization in 2003 as Director of Public Health and later served as Chief Operating Officer until becoming President & CEO in April 2018. His contributions to the organization include establishing the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, a resource that promotes a continuum of eye health care for children across the country; fostering an annual national summit as a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to vision and public health; and overseeing the development of leading public health research, which has become widely used to capture the prevalence and cost of vision problems across the United States.
The Prevent Blindness Diabetes + Your Eyes webinar is supported by funding from Regeneron.
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