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    AOA launches health policy institute to advance profession 

    Washington, DC—To further its advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession and patients across the country, the American Optometric Association (AOA) launched the AOA Health Policy Institute (HPI), a policy think tank that will develop evidence-based research, analysis, and solutions in health care policy.

    During his inaugural address to the AOA’s House of Delegates during Optometry’s Meeting in Washington, DC, AOA President Christopher J. Quinn, OD, underscored the importance of continuing to focus on healthcare policy as it relates to eye health care and the profession’s place in the overall healthcare arena.

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    “It has become critical for us to provide our leadership and staff with improved tools and expertise to carry out our mission,” says Dr. Quinn. “By bringing experts from inside and outside of the profession, we can work carefully to analyze information and evidence and then use that material to guide policy development and advance our profession and patient eye health and vision care.”

    HPI will be under the direction of AOA past president Steven A. Loomis, OD, and AOA staff member Rodney Peele, JD, as director.

    According to Dr. Quinn, the AOA envisions that the HPI will build on and supplement the work begun by the National Commission on Vision and Health (NCVH) almost 10 years ago. The NCVH, a national, non-partisan group of public health leaders—including optometrists­—works to improve the nations’ visual health by helping assure access to vision care as an integrated part of public health programs at the national, state, and local levels.

    “Policymakers and the public often need assistance from AOA to better understand how trends and changes in healthcare policy affect eye health and vision care,” says Dr. Quinn. “The Health Policy Institute will provide that expertise."

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