April 2016 Vol. 2

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WOA Board

Lynda Jones- President
Brandi Bilyeu- President-Elect
Joe Maycock- Treasurer
Scott Neuman-Secretary
Nate Edwards-Director
Chris Jons-Director
Jonathan Hartley- Director
Dana Day- Past President

Early Bird Registration ends May 1st!!

It's time again to register for the 2016 Northern Rockies Optometric Conference!  Last year we had a great turnout which generated $17,000 for the WOA.  Please consider joining your fellow optometrists from WY and around the country for this great opportunity to learn and network.

July 27-30th
Snow King Resort and Conference Pavilion

Featured Speakers:
Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
Richard Managan, OD, FAAO
Jay Henry, OD, MS
Also featuring Lynn Lawrence for Staff courses

For more information:  NROC

AOA Committee Appointments

Congratulations to the following WOA members on their recent AOA Committee appointments!  They are giving of their time and expertise to help all of us in the profession.

Sue Lowe
Chair, Health Promotions Committee
Member, Clinical Resources Group Executive Committee

Coby Ramsey
Member, Quality Improvement and Registries Committee

Roger Jordan
Vice Chair- Policy, Advocacy Group Executive Committee

Dr. Roger Jordan accepts new position

At the recent AOA Advocacy Conference held in Washington, DC Roger Jordan announced his resignation as the Chair of the Federal Advocacy Committee, where he served as Chair for 6 years.  With this comes a new appointment for Dr. Jordan.  He will now be the Vice Chair of Policy and along with Chair Dr. David Cockrell, will oversee all the Advocacy committee work for the AOA.  Roger will continue to work tirelessly and will be an even greater voice on a national level advocating on behalf of the profession!

AOA Advocacy Conference

Recently, Dr. Lynda Jones, WOA President and WY PAC Chair, Dr. Dana Day, WOA Legislative Chair, Kari Cline, WOA Executive Director, and Ashley Wing, current student at Pacific School of Optometry and a WY native attended the AOA Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.  We, along with Dr. Roger Jordan, spent the day on the hill with WY Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and with WY Representative Cynthia Lummis to speak to them regarding several important legislative issues relating to the profession of optometry.


WOA in the Community

In February, the WOA had several member doctors participate in the WY High School Career Day in Casper.  Dr.'s Dana Day, Teresa Back, Nate Edwards, Seth Jensen, and Christopher Loe participated.  They presented 5 sessions, 50 minutes each to students about the profession of Optometry.  Great job!!
Dr. Dana Day and Dr. Teresa Back 
Dr. Dana Day and Dr. Teresa Back

We want to hear from you!  Please submit your photos and what you are doing in your community!  Send it to:  director@wyomingoptometricassociation.com

Medication Donation Program update

The Wyoming Department of Health, Medication Donation Program continues to provide safety-net prescription services to low-income, uninsured residents throughout Wyoming.  New resources for medication have resulted in more service provided as well as improved medication compliance rates in 2015.  We are excited to see what 2016 brings!
2,944 patients served state-wide

Medication compliance rate up 39%(up from 62% in 2014 to 86% in 2015)

$2.7 million worth of medication provided
(up 54% from 2014)

$10 million of medication provided since 2008

Nearly 16,000 pounds of donations processed from 1,319 boxes
(up 24% from 2014)

WOA Newsletter - April 2016 Vol. 2