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Dr. Pat Segu earns the APHA-VCS 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Posted On: 11/02/2015

Dr. Segu established the Student Public Health Vision Care Association (SPHVCA ) as part of a pilot program to increase student engagement within the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association. The SPHVCA is focused on patient education and promoting the importance of regular eye exams. Students have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program, research and leadership opportunities.

She also serves as the Regional Director of Houston Community Based External Clinics (GNC, CASA and HOPE Clinic) and the Director of the Kids Vision for Life Greater Houston – See to Succeed program. Dr. Segu’s dedication and service to UHCO and the Houston Community have all culminated in her selection as this year’s APHA-VCS Distinguished Service Award recipient. The award presentation will be at the APHA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
The Student Public Health Vision Care Association (SPHVCA) at UHCO believes as future healthcare professionals, it is their duty to educate doctor of optometry students and the community about issues like early detection, prevention, and making healthy choices.  The organizations goal is to promote health and wellbeing, with an emphasis in vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships.  In addition, SPHVCA fosters a relationship between optometrists and other health care advocates so that the overall health of the community is improved. 
The American Public Health Association- Vision Care Section address vision care issues in public health through interdisciplinary collaboration between eye care providers and various public health advocates. More than 30 VCS-sponsored resolutions are fully supported by APHA, all of which have been instrumental in federal and state advocacy efforts. Recent resolutions address childhood eye care, increasing access to vision rehabilitation, safeguarding eye care in disaster preparedness and improving access to vision care in community health centers. The VCS provides an opportunity for all groups involved in vision care to join forces, guide policy and effect change.

Dr. Pat Segu with UHCO Students
See to Succeed 2015