Jennifer Staple-Clark Speaks on How Evidence-Based Research Impacts Eye Care and Healthcare Delivery

Global Health Vision Lecture Series
Sponsored by
National Eye Institute, Fogarty International Center, and NIH Global Health Interest Group

On Thursday, April 18, the Global Health Vision Lecture Series will feature Jennifer Staple-Clark, founder and chief executive officer of Unite For Sight in New Haven, CT. The title of her presentation will be “Innovation & Outcomes: How Evidence-Based Research Can Provide Real Impact in Eye Care and Healthcare Delivery.” The lecture will be held at 1:00 p.m. on the NIH Campus, Building 16, Lawton Chiles International House.

In her lecture, Ms. Staple-Clark will discuss research in outcomes measurements, as opposed to the commonly reported outputs, are essential in healthcare delivery programs. This presentation highlights the work of Unite For Sight and other evidence-based innovators who are using research data, outcomes, and input from local communities to make positive change. The presentation also discusses Unite For Sight’s strategies for delivery of quality eye care in resource-poor settings and the organization’s research strategies for supporting local ophthalmologists in developing countries.

In 2000, Jennifer Staple-Clark, then a sophomore at Yale University, founded Unite For Sight. Due to Jennifer’s leadership and her focus on entrepreneurial innovation, Unite For Sight is a leader in providing cost-effective care to the world’s poorest people. By investing human and financial resources in the social ventures of eye clinics in developing countries, Unite For Sight has provided eye care to more than 1.5 million people living in extreme poverty, including more than 63,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Additionally, Unite For Sight’s Global Health University and Global Impact Corps programs develop and nurture the next generation of global health leaders. Unite For Sight also coordinates an annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, which convenes 2,200 participants and is the world’s largest global health and social entrepreneurship conference. A visionary leader and social entrepreneur, Jennifer Staple-Clark has been featured twice in Nicholas D. Kristof’s columns in The New York Times. She was also featured weekly on CNN International in 2007 and 2008. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer frequently gives presentations and keynote addresses about social entrepreneurship, global health, and international development. Jennifer is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Jennifer is a member of the Yale University President’s Council on International Activities. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and their son.


The Global Health Vision Lecture Series is sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the NIH Global Health Interest Group. The Fogarty International Center is also a sponsor of this and other previous and planned lectures. The series was created by the NEI Office of International Programs in 2012 to foster the global collaboration and exchange of information among international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists. Lessons learned from global health programs around the world and their applications to healthcare research in the United States are a focus of discussion in these lectures.

For information contact Linda Huss at or 301-496-5248.

Last Reviewed: 
January 2013