Casey Outreach Van: A Vision for the Community
For some members of the community, access to high quality medical care appears beyond their reach. The Casey Eye Institute Outreach Van is working to bring eye care into focus by hosting mobile screenings out in the community. We travel throughout Oregon and collaborate with programs serving people in need to identify common preventable and treatable eye conditions.
Since our inaugural voyage in 2010, the Casey Outreach Van has provided service to over 3000 community members with no other access to eye care across the state of Oregon. This has given them the opportunity to identify common preventable and treatable conditions related to refractive error, diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
Through partnerships with programs serving low income, uninsured and underinsured Oregonians, the Casey Eye Institute Outreach Van offers free vision screenings on site at an expanding network of community outreach locations. Participants are examined at no cost, and community partners assist with follow up for individuals in need of assistance in purchasing glasses or access to continued medical support.
An all volunteer staff of eye doctors, technicians, interpreters, and assistants gathers each weekend to provide this much needed service. To date, over 5,000 hours of service have been donated by the generous volunteers aboard the Casey Outreach Van. The thirty three foot, fully outfitted mobile ophthalmology unit and ongoing medical supplies are purchased through the generosity of private donors.
For more information, please contact CaseyOutreach@ohsu.edu, 503 418-1698.
Find out more in the video below about how the van went from a dream to reality thanks to generous support of donors, community centers and amazing volunteers.