A consensus paper written by participants in a Transitions Optical-hosted roundtable discussion that focused on improving the eye health of culturally diverse populations is now available online. Considering the strong link between eye health and overall health and quality of life, participants agreed during the roundtable that there is a great need for eyecare professionals to collaborate with general health professionals and health-based community and cultural organizations to promote eye health education and provide optimal eye care. The corresponding paper highlights:
• common overall health issues among diverse populations and implications for eye health
• cultural considerations for improving quality of care
• collaborative opportunities for improving quality of care and reaching new patients
• best practices and strategies from the general healthcare sector and health-based community and cultural organizations
• resources that can be used to promote eye health education and collaboration.
The roundtable event was attended by representatives from multiple points of interaction with at-risk consumers, including the National Eye Health Education Program of the National Eye Institute, Familias con Diabetes, National Council of Negro Women, Yale New Haven Health System, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Download and order the paper, free of charge, at MyMulticulturalToolkit.com.