Cynthia Owsley honored by Prevent Blindness
The 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was awarded to Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, at the Prevent Blindness: Focus on Eye Health National Summit.
The award recognizes contributions to vision and eye health at the community, state, national or international level, according to the organization.
Owsley is the Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology and director of the clinical research unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
“Dr. Owsley’s research program focuses on age-related eye disease and vision impairment using a variety of search techniques from epidemiology, clinical trials, psychophysics health behavior and health services research,” Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH, one of the 2018 award winners, said in introducing Owsley. “In addition to her work and research in public health, she’s also been a longtime volunteer for Prevent Blindness, serving on various committees, including chair of the scientific community committee for 7 years.”
Owsley’s research areas include vision impairment and driving, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes, as well as quality of and access to eye care in underserved, older populations
Owsley thanked the organization for the award and the work it does in the community.
“I can probably speak for everyone in this room that we’re very grateful to Prevent Blindness for organizing this summit. It’s a wonderful testimony and evidence that prevent blindness is doing all the right things for advocacy for our community and for our public here in the United States and indeed around the world,” she said.
Pomeroy served as the CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia from 1996 to 2013. The award serves as a memorial to her contributions to public health as well as Prevent Blindness’s mission.
“I also want to mention that I had the great privilege of actually knowing Jenny Pomeroy through my volunteer activities with Prevent Blindness on the scientific committee, as well as on the board of directors. And I remember her as a very energetic and committed individual to the cause of preventing blindness, not just in Georgia, but all over the United States,” Owsley said. – by Scott Buzby