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July 2023 Newsletter from ISPB & PBIL

Dry Eye Awareness Month

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month here at Prevent Blindness IL/ISPB!
Dry eye occurs when there is not enough tear film produced, the tear film is not draining properly from the eye, or the tear film is not the quality needed to maintain the health of the eye.

Dry eye is common, with more than 16 million Americans having moderate to severe symptoms. Women are twice more likely to develop dry eye than men. Women who are pregnant, on certain types of birth control, hormone replacement therapy, or experiencing menopause are also more likely to have dry eye.

For more information visit HERE

Call for Applications – ASPECT Patient Engagement Program

The application period is now open for all who wish to participate in the ASPECT (Advocacy, Support, Perspective, Empowerment, Communication, and Training) Patient Engagement Program at Prevent Blindness. We are recruiting individuals with vision impairment or blindness as well as allies (i.e. parents or guardians, care partners, nonprofit representatives, multidisciplinary clinicians, eye care providers, and researchers). The program aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills, and confidence to become advocates for vision and eye health- at the individual and interpersonal, community, and societal levels.

To learn more, visit the website. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please have them complete an application found here or call Julie Grutzmacher at 312-363-6032 if they are not able to complete the application online.

Interns Eve and Jesibell helping out at the IPC Annual Community Health Fair on June 10th

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:

July 15, 2023
11:00am – Aetna Health Fair: Chicago, IL

July 18, 2023
12:00pm – Cicero Back to School Event: Cicero, IL

July 26, 2023
10:00am – PLCCA Day of Action: Maywood, IL

August 3, 2023
TBD – Head Start Health Fair: Tinley Park, IL

August 4, 2023
TBD – Head Start Health Fair: Tinley Park, IL

August 4, 2023
4:00pm – Aetna Health Fair

August 5, 2023
10:00am – Senator Hunter’s 3rd District Health Fair

August 5, 2023
9:00am – South Holland Education Commission Bi-Annual Education Fair: South Holland, IL

August 10, 2023
2:00pm – Garifuna Flava Presentation: Chicago, IL

August 12, 2023
10:00am – West40 BackPack GiveBack: Cicero, IL

August 12, 2023
11:00am – West Suburban Medical Center Back to School Health Fair: Oak Park, IL

August 19, 2023
10:00am – Right Back at Ya Back to School Event: Chicago, IL

For more information, please contact

Focus on Eye Health Summit 2023

Join us on July 12-13, 2023 as we host a virtual booth at the 12th annual Focus on Eye Health Summit. It is a FREE virtual interactive event.


For more information and resources visit HERE

2023 ISPB Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all of the 2023 ISPB grantees! Out of 33 grant recipients, the above 3 were the Dreiske, McKechnie, and Bass award winners. To learn more about the 2023 grant cycle visit HERE

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