Prevent Blindness has issued a call for nominations for the 2020 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, and the new Rising Visionary Award. Both the awards will be formally presented at the 9th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2020.
The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health recognizes an individual, team, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, national, and/or international level. The award is named after former Prevent Blindness Georgia CEO, Mrs. Jenny Pomeroy, who served as a tremendous advocate for the crucial role of public health in vision and eye care services.
The award recipient will be invited to present as the closing plenary speaker of the Summit. Domestic travel expenses will be covered from anywhere in the United States by Prevent Blindness. If travel is international, Prevent Blindness will reimburse airfare up to $600.
The first annual Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award will be presented to an optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident, or other health care professional student or resident in the United States who has the best essay based on a question related to the 2020 Focus on Eye Health National Summit theme, “An Eye to the Future.” The awardee must be available to present at the Summit to receive the award. Travel expenses will be covered by Prevent Blindness from anywhere in the United States.
A subcommittee of the all-volunteer Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee will review all nominations and select the award recipients.
For more information on the Prevent Blindness Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, please visit https://www.preventblindness.org/jenny-pomeroy-award-excellence-vision-and-public-health. Information on the Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award may be found at https://www.preventblindness.org/rising-visionary-award.