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By Marjolijn Bijlefeld, Editor in Chief, Women In Optometry (WO)—In the past year, I’ve talked with program directors leading diversity and inclusion initiatives at schools and colleges of optometry, as well as organizers of the 13% Promise and the National Optometric Association’s efforts to increase representation of people of color in the optometric profession.
By Julianne M. Koch, OD—“Can you please pull your mask up ma’am? The doctor will be in shortly.” I hear one of my staff members telling my next patient.
While eye care professionals saw a much stronger March 2021 compared to March 2020, on average the metrics are still lower than they were in March 2019, according to wave 21 of the Jobson Optical Research Coronavirus ECP survey.
Lynda Nguyen, OD, had just completed her undergraduate studies in biological sciences and was considering what healthcare field she wanted to pursue for her career when she found a technician job at Ideal Vision Care, office of Amy Dinh, OD, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
When WO created a Pop-up Poll to ask about whether eye care professionals have seen or heard or experienced any increase in bias—especially toward those in the Asian American Pacific Island community, the poll happened to be in the field at the same time that the Atlanta spa shootings occurred, in which eight people—six of them Asian or Asian American women—were killed.
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