School & Community Screenings
About The Program
The goal of the Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) is to detect sight and hearing problems before they become serious. MHSP has two primary objectives: conduct over 600 annual on-site health screenings for a minimum of 180,000 children and provide follow-up referrals for low-cost services to those with health problems.
Working in partnership with local Lions Clubs, school nurses and school districts, MHSP also collaborates with local health professionals and community organizations to conduct screening events statewide in Oregon.
Last year, in October 2016, we screened 43,000 students at 140 schools in Oregon. This October 2017, we screened at least 55,300 students at more than 180 vision screening events. This is more children than we screened for vision in the entire school year of 2012-13, just prior to implementing use of the Welch Allyn Spot photo screening devices in the MHSP program.
OLSHF has accomplished this by successfully scheduling and coordinating each event with school nurses and district staff as well as Lions Clubs. MHSP staff around the state collaborate with Lions Clubs to promote the events, secure the needed volunteers for screenings, announce the events in the media of the local community, document the events, track recipient statistics and create reports for nurses/schools. We trained hundreds of parents, school nurses, nursing students and community volunteers to use the digital Spot vision screener under the guidance of MHSP staff.
If you are interested in learning more about our program or even volunteering at an upcoming event, please contact the Program at 503-413-7632 or MHSP@OLSHF.org.
Making a Difference – the Impact of MHSP
We measure the project’s impact not only through numbers screened and problems identified but through individual stories and testimonials such as the following:
- Newberg School District Nurse Annie Berger raved about MHSP and how quickly we screened special needs children. She noted that for years she was unable to screen many nonverbal or autistic students. Now because of MHSP they can catch vision issues right away. She also remarked that “MHSP is a huge benefit for families – kindergarteners now need screening because of HB 3000.”Annie remarked that she usually would have spent a lot more time screening on her own. Now she said, “MHSP freed up my time to be a nurse instead of just vision checking.”
- Kimberly McLaury of the Hillsboro School District, Vision and Hearing Screening Coordinator, Student Services shared that the Spot has ensured screening of children whom in the past they never have been able to do with the Snellen Charts. “OLSHF has been incredibly accommodating to our districts general needs, as well the needs of our individual schools and students. It is an absolute pleasure to work with OLSHF staff. Their dedication to the children is inspiring.”
- School Administrator, Beaverton School District: “You screened a 5th grade class in 1.5 minutes with 8 Spots. MHSP Staff Wally proved me wrong. These kids can be screened this fast.” [Spot devices provide objective screening quickly, eliminating barriers such as language or disabilities.]
- Nurse Paula Richards of Durham Elementary in Tigard shared her thoughts: “This new method of testing is amazing. The Lions and the nursing students were wonderful!”
- Suzanne Foster, Director of Special Education for the Phoenix-Talent Schools, shared: “There was really very little impact to instruction from the screening because it was so efficient and smooth.”
- Belinda Brown, Ashland School District Nurse, shared that MHSP is a quick process instead of her “spending all day screening” and “major vision issues were caught versus using the traditional eye chart.”