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May 8, 2014

SUNY Plays Large Role at American Optometric Association’s Congressional Advocacy Conference

A large contingent of SUNY College of Optometry students and alumni met with lawmakers in Washington, DC in April as part of the American Optometric Association's 2014 Congressional Advocacy Conference. Part of the focus of this year’s conference was on addressing legislation that would include optometrists in the National Health Service Corps and to recognize optometrists as physicians within Medicaid.

(L-R) Maegan Saver, Flora Lam, Dr.Dawn Chivers, Dr. Fran Reinstein, Tanya Ayzikovich and Dr. Andrea Thau

 

SUNY Optometry had 32 students along with several alumni among the AOA group, including Dr. Susan Fisher, Dr. Ken Sorkin, Dr. Fran Reinstein and Dr. Andrea Thau. The group met with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as well as New York House members, Rep. Tim Bishop, Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Steve Israel, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Tom Reed, and Rep. Paul Tonko.