Three (3) recent grant awards by LCIF to OLSHF provided initial and ongoing capacity to greatly expand our Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) throughout the state:
The first grant illustrates our step to completely transform our sight and hearing delivery model to screen more children in Oregon and improve access for underserved populations. We purchased (through this grant and other funds) 12 portable sight and hearing screening kits (audiometers and light boxes) as well as 4 fuel efficient vehicles. This new system created a fleet of kits and cars for a larger state network to screen all over the state in partnership with Lions Clubs in Oregon.
The second grant took us to a new level – a steep increase in the number of children screened. We purchased 20 PediaVision Spot digital photo screeners and the impact was immense – now on average we screen about 20 children every 15 minutes, which includes both vision and hearing. The Spot also eliminated the challenge of screening special needs students, pre-verbal children and non-English speaking students. During the period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, MHSP screened over 52,000 children and adults – a 41% increase over the previous year! So far this year, from July 1, 2013 through the end of March we have screened 71,000 students! See attached MHSP Graph and Information Flyer.
Our third and current Standard Grant represents the next phase of MHSP – reaching 100,000 children. This grant allowed us to purchase more Spot devices (received May 6, 2014) and prepare for the increase of school districts relying on us to screen their students. House Bill (HB) 3000 – passed in July 2013 – requires students seven years of age or younger who are beginning school in Oregon to have a vision screening or eye examination. HB 3000 requires the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to develop a plan to screen all students through Grade 8. Schools already struggle to screen all their students – now they have to implement an efficient method to screen 165,000 students for the 2014-15 school year. The districts look to us for help and ODE has recommended our protocol and program.
1.35 million Lions perform community service in 209 countries and geographic areas making it one of the largest service organizations in the world. Lions share a core belief: community is what we make it.
When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve.
In over 200 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.
We want everyone to see a better tomorrow.
That’s why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling. Provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight. And raise donations through campaigns like SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II.
We believe everyone deserves a healthy life.
From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world.
We empower the next generation.
Whether it’s providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people.