Integration of Public Health and Primary Care to Improve a Population's Health

Recorded On: 10/24/2013

This session addresses issues of why we should explore the integration of population health and primary care, as well as how the integration can be accomplished and the expect outcomes. This session also highlights the changes that must occur in clinical practice in order to accomplish these changes.

Debbie L Hettler, OD, MPH, FAAO

Clinical Director

Dr. Debbie Hettler’s education includes a B.S. and O.D. from The Ohio State University College of Optometry and an MPH from University of Illinois. Her professional practice experience includes optometric education, clinical practice in HMO's, and the VA as well as quality assurance activities. She has over 100 scientific presentations including such topics as clinical techniques, ocular disease, public health issues, contact lenses, and managed care, and authored articles published concerning public health, primary care coordination and ocular disease topics. 

She has served in many professional organization leadership roles including the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, and American Public Health Association. She has been with the Veterans’ Administration since 1994 as a clinical optometrist and associated education affiliations with University of Missouri Department of Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine. As Optometry Residency Supervisor there, she was associated with four optometry schools for optometric externships and residencies. Currently, she is the Clinical Director, Associated Health Education, Office of Academic Affiliations, VA Central Office located in Washington, DC. 

Andrew M Archila, OD, MBA, FAAO


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