Public Health Committee

The Public Health Committee is responsible for advising the Executive Committee (EC) and Board of Directors (Board) on public health matters relating to eye care with a specific focus on how optometry is engaged on public health matters in particular. The Committee will do this by advising the EC and Board on matters relating to:
• Monitoring and ensuring compliance with the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Collaboration Agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO).
• Avenue in which the WCO can work on projects and forge alliances with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and with other stakeholders in support of programs such as the IAPB Vision 2020: The Right to Sight as an example along with other vision related programs as they emerge.
• Development, maintenance, review and dissemination of the WCO public health resources, tool kits, and guidelines. Monitor where there are gaps in educating the public about the importance of vision and eye health and work to help to fill those gaps.
• The potential for major studies of populations in support of the WHO and IAPB programs including the prevalence of vision impairment, the emergence of new concerns of eye related epidemics such as the expected increase in myopia, the effect of addressing uncorrected refractive error, and the integration of addressing vision programs and corrective spectacles in school-aged children.
• Developing and implementing training programs in Public Health, Leadership and Advocacy relevant to the membership.