Helping Families Access Eye Care
Did you see the great panel discussion “Why the Eye: Reimagining How We Engage Communities from Identification into Care – Children and Adults” at the Prevent Blindness 2023 Annual Summit? You can watch the session here.
Our awesome interns wrote blog posts about the strategies used in diverse communities across the U.S. to help children and adults access eye care.
Mercedes Hernández, MPH, CHES, the Director of Child and Family Health at the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, presented strategies to help children access care when their migrant farmworker families live in multiple states each year. The East Coast Migrant Project has 48 campuses in 10 different states that serve approximately 3,000 children.
Mayhoua Moua is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc, a nonprofit that connects Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees to healthcare services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mayhoua described the cultural and language considerations Hmong Health tackles in its work with different Southeast Asian groups, each having a unique dialect. She also described her partnership with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.
Verian Wedeking is the program director of the Casey Eye Community Outreach Program at Oregon Health and Science University. He discussed the program’s work to eliminate preventable blindness across Oregon through vision screenings, mobile clinical outreach, and training of community health workers to become vision health navigators.