Envisioning the Future Optometry Workforce in North Carolina

A Case Study of the Use of Health Workforce Data to Make a Decision about a New Optometry School

Presentation at AAMC Conference

April 30, 2015

Saraí Narváez, MSPH; Julie C. Spero, MSPH; Thomas Bacon, DrPH; Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP

Key Findings:

• Strong future supply in pipeline
• Rapid growth of other optometry programs in other states
• North Carolina has reputation for being progressive state in which to practice
• State has attracted optometrists despite lack of an optometry school


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