State Relations Program

The Paraoptometric Resource Center's (PRC) State Relations Program is designed to aid in the development and establishment of state and local paraoptometric associations throughout the country. It may also provide existing associations with ideas for expanding their activities. The program allows for networking opportunities and sharing of "best practices" with other paraoptometric leaders.

The PRC State Relations Program offers:

Quarterly Conference Calls

Calls take place in the evening and provide opportunities for state leaders, or their representatives, to share ideas, learn more about PRC programs and services, share experiences, and provide paraoptometric resources.

2014 conference calls:

  • March 18th
  • June 28th (at Optometry's Meeting®)
  • September 9th
  • December 9th

Contact PRC@aoa.org for call-in details.

Optometry's Meeting®—State Leaders Meeting—Paraoptometric Idea Exchange

The State Leaders meet each year at Optometry's Meeting® in June. The meeting provides an opportunity for face-to-face networking with other state leaders. Contact PRC@aoa.org to request information about attending the meeting.

The Bridgeway Award

Each year the PRC recognizes a state association/section that helps promote the profession of paraoptometry at the state and national levels. States may earn points annually that determine the winner of the award. The winner receives their award at Optometry's Meeting® during the Awards Reception. They receive a plaque recognizing their state's contributions, and an Education Library of staff development materials available through the AOA PRC (an $800 value).

Resources

15 Membership Growth Ideas

Grab & Go Giveaways

Briefly Speaking for Paraoptometrics NewsletterView this newsletter designed for paraoptometric state leaders to use as a foundation to build upon for their own state newsletter.

The Advantages of Networking and BookmarkerThe PRC has formulated a document and bookmark that provides guidance to help advance your networking skills.

Travel Justification - Why Send My Staff?—What you need to know before requesting to attend state, regional and national meetings.

Speakers' Bureau

The Speakers' Bureau is intended to provide an informational service to AOA associate members who are looking for a speaker for educational meetings or seminars. The AOA does not review speaker materials nor does it necessarily endorse the content of any speaker's presentation. View the Directory for contact information and subject categories.

State Leaders Guide

The State Leaders Guide is useful for organizing a new association or assisting an existing association increase their membership and services. Sections in the State Leaders Guide include:

How to Start an Association
Meeting Protocol
Speaker Information
How to Increase Membership
State Leaders
Calendar of Events
Meeting Planners Guide
Resources

To request a downloadable version of the entire guide book, send your request to PRC@aoa.org.