Prevent Blindness Announces Recipient of 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

- Award to be presented to Dr. Bruce Moore, New England College of Optometry -

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced the recipient of the 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health as Bruce Moore, OD, Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies, New England College of Optometry.  The award will be presented at the 5th Annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 13, 2016. 

The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health is presented annually to 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, and/or national level. 

The award has been named for Mrs. Jenny Pomeroy, who served as CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 until 2013, and was a tireless advocate for championing the role of public health in vision and eye care services and programs. 

Dr. Moore was selected specifically for his work in regards to his significant contributions on a state and national level to advancements in vision and eye health and public health practice for children. He has served as a clinician, a professor, and a legislative advocate.

Dr. Moore is a primary investigator in the “Vision in Preschoolers Study” and the “Vision in Preschoolers-Hyperopia in Preschoolers Study” and was involved in the “Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial.” Since 2010, he has been a principal volunteer for the Children’s Vison Massachusetts Coalition, representing it at national and statewide conferences and participating in countless local meetings with the purpose of advancing vision related public health practice in Massachusetts. He was a member of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness expert panel and now serves on the Center’s advisory committee. Dr. Moore is scheduled to present on the recognized work as the closing plenary speaker of the July Summit.

“I am deeply honored and want to thank Prevent Blindness for this recognition. This is a wonderful exclamation point for my career and provides me with an incentive to keep pushing for all of the things we have been working for, to ensure that all of the children of our nation get the care that they need and deserve,” said Dr. Moore.

In addition, B. Thomas Hutchinson, MD, was named as honorable mention for the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health for his work as a founder of EyeCare America, the public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, providing eye care at no out -of-pocket cost to those who qualify.

“Prevent Blindness congratulates Dr. Moore and Dr. Hutchinson for embodying the spirit of the award by their tireless efforts in championing the important cause of healthy vision and eye care for all individuals,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.

For more information on the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.  

Download a copy of the Jenny Pomeroy Award press release.

 

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