Create a poster to share with others what your chapter is doing!

The Poster Session at the Annual Meeting will allow for interact between chapters, sharing of stories, ideas and resources. In addition, the poster that your chapter will be creating can be used as a promotional and recruitment tool for your Chapter in the future.   We are requesting one poster per Chapter.

To be uniform, we are requesting everyone use the 24″x36″ size on glossy paper.  Several companies were evaluated for cost, ease of use and quick printing time. The company we are using is: Makesigns.com. The cost to your chapter for the 24″ by 36″ posters is about $22.00 plus shipping. To give you an idea about timeline to have these made, the posters are printed and shipped within one business day of receiving them (posters received before noon central time on any given business day are actually printed and shipped out on the same day). Then the delivery time simply depends on what shipping method you choose. The company offers everything from FedEx Ground, which can take up to 5 business days, to FedEx Next Business Day which would arrive the next business day after it is shipped.

Our VOSH template is flexible. You can add text, images, tables or charts as you wish. It would be great to attach your new VOSH Chapter logo! Attached is the template you can use to create your poster and upload the results. Also, you can go to the company website, makesigns.com, and on the home page along the top there is a template tab, under this is a ‘Custom School Template’. Our VOSH template will be there.

If you have any questions about the company or making your poster, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Tracy Matchinski at mailto:matchinski@vosh.org   Looking forward to see you at the annual meeting and at the Poster Session!

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021