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The National Optometric Association (NOA) was founded in 1969 in Richmond, Virginia, as a not-for-profit corporation The NOA is comprised primarily of minority optometrists from throughout the United States. Activities are administered through a board of directors and regional officers.
The recruitment of minority students into the schools and colleges of optometry and their placement into appropriate practice settings upon graduation are two priorities of the NOA. Coincident with these priorities is the underlying purpose of the NOA -- advancing the visual health of minority populations through the delivery of effective and efficient eye and vision care services to the minority community
The NOA is composed primarily of underrepresented minority optometrists and students of optometry (particularly African-American) throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Activities are administered through its Board of Directors, regional officers, meeting planner and staff. The Board is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, five Regional Trustees, two Trustees-At-Large, Associate President, NOSA President, Meeting Planner and living Founder. An Administrative Director and Administrative Assistant helps the Board execute its duties and responsibilities. We also have an Executive Liason who service as an Affiliate consultant.
The 800 plus members of the NOA are well integrated into the fabric of the optometric profession. They represent the profession as ambassadors at-large through their various professional and civic endeavors. NOA members practice in various types of clinical settings; they teach and conduct research in educational institutions; they serve on committees and councils of professional, community and governmental organizations and agencies; and they serve as valuable and identifiable role models in their respective communities.
The NOA directed much of its early activity to increasing the number of minority optometrists available to deliver eye and vision care services to residents of urban and minority communities. The NOA was assisted through federal grant support and through the establishment of working relationships with the schools and colleges of optometry. As the number of minority students, minority graduates and practicing minority optometrists increased, the NOA started to direct more of its attention towards ways of enhancing the delivery, effectiveness and efficiency of eye and vision care services in communities with little or no eyecare presence.
NOA members are well integrated into the fabric of the optometric profession. They represent the profession as ambassadors at-large through their various professional and civic endeavors. NOA members practice in various types of clinical settings; they teach and conduct research in educational institutions; they serve on committees and councils of professional, community and governmental organizations and agencies; and they serve as valuable and identifiable role models in their respective communities.
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A continuing priority of the NOA is the promotion of greater cultural diversity within the schools and colleges of optometry. However, recent NOA efforts have focused on the Association's desire to better educate those populations who are at higher risk of developing sight-threatening conditions like glaucoma and diabetic eye disease -- specifically urban, rural and minority populations with poor access to eye health care – about the importance of early detection and timely treatment.
The National Optometric Association will further its mission by continuing to challenge its members to higher levels of activity in community education, patient awareness, disease prevention, health promotion and clinical care.