Partnerships as Transformational Experiences
Roger Wilson is Vice President for Professional Services and Strategy Assessment for the New England Eye Institute, the clinical services corporation of the New England College of Optometry. He is a 1980 graduate of the College and holds the rank of Professor. More than twenty years' commitment to community as a clinician, educator, health services researcher, and administrator has led Roger to conclude that "a successful partnership should be a transformational experience for both parties." As chair of the American Optometric Association's recently formed Community Health Center Committee, Roger hopes to build capacity for eye and vision services within health centers nationally and create a new career path for optometry school graduates interested in community health.
Roger's clinical experience includes over twenty years of service at a Boston-area community health center. He has a keen interest in community based health care, best practices in health care delivery, and community-based participatory research.
Roger is the recipient of two National Eye Institute Community Awards
that provided for community-based outreach projects. These projects linked
risk assessment of ophthalmic diseases to the Healthy People 2010 Vision
Objectives. He also was a co-recipient of a 2004 Schwartz Center grant,
which was used to fund a Cultural Competency Forum for the Eye Institute's
professional staff. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
and a member of the American Public Health Association.
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