Columbus, OH (September 8, 2020) Kylie Gang, Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate Board Member and Laura Glass (Alliance, Ohio) were recently invited to serve as an expert advisory board member for the Prevent Blindness A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Engagement Program.
A.S.P.E.C.T —Advocacy, Support, Perspective, Empowerment, Communication and Training — aims to empower patients and vision allies via a coordinated program that provides participants with comprehensive skill development to become leaders for vision in their communities. The A.S.P.E.C.T. program’s goal is to empower individuals to be engaged in their eye health in every way.
The program consists of patients, allies and experts who are engaged in all aspects of health to achieve better outcomes and contribute to advancements in the health of their communities. A.S.P.E.C.T. will create a resource of patients and allies, participating in leadership roles to make a difference by improving the experience of care and promoting a strong quality of life.
Laura Glass and her daughter, Kylie Gang were invited to partner with Prevent Blindness on this unique program because of their life-long personal experience with vision challenges and leadership experience in advocating for wider access to vision and eye health information and resources. All three of the Glass children had significant vision problems from an early age, including Kylie. Two of them had congenital cataracts.
The Glass family has shared their journey of seeking medical care and financial coverage for the care with audiences across Ohio and on Capitol Hill. The A.S.P.E.C.T. program will put their real-life experiences to work to find ways to break barriers to eye care and education for others with similar challenges.
“The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness Prevent Blindness is honored to have the Glass family provide leadership to this important national effort dedicated to improving eye health,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO. “The outcome of this initiative will be a more comprehensive approach to improving quality of life for these individuals and their families.”
About Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness serves all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 1,000,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to contribute, call 800-301-2020. Visit us on the web at pbohio.org, Facebook at facebook.com/pbohio/, or Twitter at twitter.com/PB_Ohio.