Committee Overviews

Optometric Education and Excellence (Congress Committee): The Optometric Education and Excellence Committee is responsible for keeping Oklahoma's Continuing Education ahead of the pack. In particular the Executive Congress Committee; which is made up of members from the Education and Excellence Committee, including an OAOP staff liaison, are directly responsible for the two annual continuing education conferences the OAOP has every year. Members of this committee help plan, oversee and evaluate all conventions/seminars sponsored by the Association; including the coordination speakers, making sure that all education offered is current, relevant, and insightful. All committee members help to secure vendors for exhibit halls and work on-site at meetings as necessary. In general, this committee ensures that the Association provides well-rounded programs that balance continuing education, fellowship and information to promote cutting-edge standards of practice that contribute to the excellence in the optometric profession.

State Legislative Committee:The State Legislative Committee is one of the Associations most active committees. Their goal is to sustain the strong connection with state wide elected officials to aid in the protection of our scope of practice and other legislative issues that could potentially affect optometry in the state of Oklahoma. The committee runs an effective grassroots program to stay involved with every single state legislator. The list of legislative districts is broken up by general location, with each committee member keeping track of a specific area and the legislative contact (key person) or legislator in that area. This committee is highly influential in the success of the practice of optometry in the state of Oklahoma. Legislative Key Person Network-The Legislative Key Person Network is a network of Optometrists around the state with personal connections to individuals running for state offices or legislature, or that are currently in office. They are a very important part of the grassroots efforts to keep optometry's interests at the forefront of the political arena.

Oklahoma Optometric PAC Committee:The Oklahoma Optometric Political Action Committee (OOPAC) oversees the collection and distribution of contributions made by Oklahoma optometrists to political campaigns throughout the state. After the donations are collected, campaign contributions are sent back to a local optometrist, who has made a contribution to OOPAC, to help raise additional funds and give to the legislator in person; to make sure the candidate knows the help was coming from the optometrists. Each OAOP member is asked to contribute $250 annually to the OOPAC.   

Federal Legislative Committee:The Federal Legislative Committee is active in the AOA's congressional efforts and keeping the OAOP membership updated on optometry legislation on a national level. Oklahoma has five congressman and two senators. It is the responsibility of the committee to create relationships with the legislator and their staff to keep them informed about optometry's issues. One way the committee does this is by traveling to Washington D.C. yearly to meet personally with Oklahoma's Federal Legislators. 

Third Party Committee:The goal of the Third Party Committee is the evaluation, monitoring and education of Third Party health care delivery systems that affect reimbursement to Oklahoma optometrists.  TPC reports to and educates optometrists on Health Care delivery issues and systems.  They influence health care policy to provide optometric access to patients. This committee directly oversees the Associations involvement in programs such as SMRTSight. TPC, with assistance of the OAOP's Third Party Consultant, Joyce Ardrey, CPC, keeps Oklahoma optometrists informed on general billing issues, EHR updates, and assists in the preparation for changes in the health care delivery system, e.g. ICD-10, PQRS, Health Insurance Exchanges, Meaningful Use of EHRs, and collaborates with NSUOCO to train students on documentation, billing, coding and claims submission.

Membership Committee:The Membership Committee is responsible for gaining new members, membership retention, and student relations. Membership is a major contributing part of the OAOP and the Membership Committee must keep members actively participating. They promote opportunities for students and OAOP members to interact and provide interaction between optometrists looking for career opportunities and O.D.'s providing opportunities. Responsibilities include new member orientation, student dinners, member and non-member outreach, and new member recruitment.  The Membership Committee helps to develop lifelong members through membership interaction and encouragement. 

Nominating: The Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and the nomination of members for leadership roles within the Association, including the Board of Directors.   Committee members are named by the President.

Leadership Development :Leadership Development is responsible for the development and mentorship of the OAOP Leadership Optometry program. This program is offered by the OAOP every 3-4 years to challenge, develop and educate those involved in the optometric profession.  The program is designed has a series of issue-oriented experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. Participants must apply and are selected on ability, interest in their community or profession and insight for effective leadership. Leadership Development also keeps track of Leadership Optometry Alumni and helps coordinate reunions.