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January 2023 Newsletter from ISPB & PBIL

Call for Nominations!

“Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health,” and the 4th annual “Rising Visionary Award”

Prevent Blindness is announcing the call for nominations for the 2023 “Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health,” and the 4th annual “Rising Visionary Award!”

The deadline for submissions for both awards is Friday, February 3, 2023, at noon ET.

The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of public health and vision and eye health at the community, state, national, and/or international level. The highest honor that Prevent Blindness bestows, the award is a tribute to Jenny Pomeroy, who was the CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013, and an accomplished leader in advancing public health and policy for vision and eye health issues.

The fourth annual Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to a student or resident in a health-related field who submits the best overall application and essay addressing the 2023 Focus on Eye Health Summit theme, “Why the Eye?

Find out more information HERE

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3 million Americans have glaucoma. And, it is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of sight by damaging the optic nerve. Those with glaucoma begin to lose patches of vision, usually peripheral vision.

As part of January’s National Glaucoma Awareness Month, ISPB and Prevent Blindness Illinois are offering a wide variety of free resources to help glaucoma patients and their caregivers find the support they need to address the many aspects of the eye disease.

Find more information and resources HERE

Looking for a Presentation for your Organization?

PBIL/ISPB offers presentations on a variety of eye health topics that can range from from 30 to 60+ minutes.

Some topics include:

  • Living Well with Low Vision
  • Aging and Your Eyes
  • Women’s Vision and Eye Health
  • Eye Safety in the Workplace
  • Diabetes and the Eyes

Contact to schedule a presentation today!

Pictured: ISPB intern/volunteer Elizabeth talks to a community member at Hope Fest

Community Happenings

Our staff, team of interns, and volunteers provide eye health education and outreach at all types of community events – including health fairs, presentations and screenings! We will be continuing our efforts during these dates:

February 4, 2023
7:30am – YMCA Community Resource & Health Fair, Kelly Hall YMCA, Chicago
March 19, 2023           
11:00am – Low Vision Presentation, Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church, Lincolnshire
April 13, 2023             
1:00pm – Women’s Vision and Eye Health Presentation, Northbrook Park District Leisure Center

 For more information, please contact

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