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Neyal J. Ammary-Risch, M.P.H., MCHES

Neyal J. Ammary-Risch, M.P.H., MCHES
Neyal J. Ammary-Risch, M.P.H., MCHES

National Eye Institute (NEI),
National Institutes of Health

  • Director, National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)
  • Plain Language/Health Literacy Coordinator


  • Public health education/health promotion
  • Health communication
  • Community outreach
  • Healthy literacy
  • Cultural competency

Current Activities

Ms. Ammary-Risch is the Director of the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). She manages the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of national health education programs on diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision, vision and aging, and community and special population outreach. Ms. Ammary-Risch also serves as the Health Literacy Coordinator for the NEI and oversees social media for NEHEP.


Ms. Ammary-Risch recently authored a book chapter titled “Communicating Health Information Effectively” in Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice. She has also published several papers in journals such as Health Promotion Practice, Journal of the National Medical Association, Social Marketing Quarterly, Family and Community Health and a children’s book on cancer.

Professional Background

Ms. Ammary-Risch is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. She graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a degree in Communication Studies and earned a Masters of Public Health degree in Behavioral and Community Health Science from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is also a member of Delta Omega, the honorary society in public health and Phi Beta Kappa.