Vision and Learning: At the Crossroads of Public Health


Apple PieVision and Learning.  Seems to go together like mom and apple pie, doesn’t it?  After all, learning based vision problems are part and parcel of the Clinical Practice Guidelines issued by the American Optometric Association.  Yet as we know, not all professionals hold this truth to be self-evident.  Helen Spencer is an attorney in the State of Washington who has been active in organizing a symposium to be held in 2014 that will center on this topic.

publichealthlogoThe School of Public Health at the University of Washington has a distinctive logo, the Soul Catcher.  It is a Northwest Indian symbol for physical and spiritual well-being.  Barbara Obena, MPH, just received her degree from the U. of Washington’s School of Public Health, and her thesis concentrated on the AmeriCorps Vision Care Project spearheaded by Helen Spencer.  Helen presented on the Project at the 25th Annual Indian Law Symposium at the University of Washington Native American Law Center last Fall.  You can download Baraba Obena’s excellent synopsis, which served as the basis for her MPH here: Vision & Learning -Obena 2013 Wash State Public Health.

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