DENVER – The American Optometric Student Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is using its “history to refine and strengthen the organization for the future,” AOSA President Annabelle Storch, told the American Optometric Association’s House of Delegates here at Optometry’s Meeting.
The AOSA, comprising more than 7,000 student members, has established four strategic pillars, Storch said: advocacy, education, student experience and tools for success.
“These will help align our programming and make sure we are fully serving our members,” she said.
Storch said the AOSA encourages its members to support the AOA’s political action committee (PAC).
“AOSA has donated the most money out of all affiliates,” she noted.
In collaboration with Optometry Cares, the AOA Foundation, which is the AOSA’s charity of choice, the student group established Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief for students.
“The money helped support students affected by natural disasters last year,” Storch said.
She also announced the inaugural AOSA Student of the Year Award, which was granted to Hannah Greenfield of University of Alabama at Birmingham. – by Nancy Hemphill, ELS, FAAO