Honoring Black History in Optometry
When I attended optometry school, from 1987-1991, I was honored to become an important part of the health care professions. In the thirty years since I graduated, schools and colleges of optometry have seen graduating classes with an increased percentage of females and a greater ethnic diversity. Dr. Essence Johnson is one of many Sandbox Stories in which I'm proud to help deliver the point of view that comes from one of the leaders of Black EyeCare Perspective, where she serves as Chief Visionary Officer.
Dr. Johnson represents the essence of optometry. She brings an incredible perspective on practicing optometry in a hospital-based clinic, as well as insights learned as a graduate of a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). You will also get to know her family. It's a real honor to present these insightful and compelling Stories!
Please join me in celebrating the contributions of Dr. Johnson, as we collectively recognize Black History Month in February. Check out the timeline compiled by Dr. Johnson at the end of this post!
The Stories within the Story:
0:47 The Being an Example Story
3:48 The Parkland Hospital Practice Story
5:40 The Community Health Story
6:40 The Military Family Upbringing Story
8:58 The Sibling Story
10:43 The Brother’s Work Story
12:13 The Welcome At Home, Anytime, Story
15:45 The HBCU Story
19:59 The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Story
22:45 The Finding Optometry Story
26:16 The Power of Residency Story
31:10 The Mom Story
36:25 The Being a Mother Story
39:20 The Black EyeCare Perspective Story
44:30 The Pearls of Wisdom Story
47:01 The Optometrist Advice Story
Runtime: 49 minutes
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