Casey Community Outreach Program Mobile Clinic

COVID-19 impact update

We are very excited to announce that the OHSU Casey Community Outreach Program has resumed service! 

The safety of our participants, volunteers, community partners and staff is our highest priority, and we are being cautious to keep our mobile healthcare environment safe for those we serve. With this in mind, we and have implemented modified operations measures that will ensure the health and wellness of those in need of access to vision care during unprecedented times of need. For more information o the measure being taken, please contact us at: caseyoutreach@ohsu.edu 

History

Since our inaugural voyage in 2010, our 33-foot fully-outfitted mobile ophthalmology unit has crisscrossed Oregon from the state’s most remote corners to Portland’s urban core providing:

  • Screenings for over 10,075 adults
  • More than 272 vision clinics
  • Referral services for over 2,390 adults who may have serious vision problems
  • Over 5,970 prescription glasses given to participants

View our full impact in the 2021 Impact Report.

10 years, over 10,000 served

Thank you to our donors, community partners, and volunteers!

The Casey Community Outreach Program turned 10 years old and recently served its 10,000 participant! Read more in this OHSU News story.

We extend a huge THANK YOU to the donors, community partners, and volunteers who made this achievement possible! 

The problem: Ending preventable blindness

For some people, access to high quality medical care is beyond their reach. The OHSU Casey Community Outreach Program brings eye care into focus by providing free vision screenings to adults that identify common preventable and treatable eye conditions that often cause blindness.

Casey Community Outreach Program volunteer Dr. Bentley provides a eye exam for a participants
Casey Community Outreach Program volunteer Dr. Bentley provides an eye exam for a participants.

The solution: Providing access to eye exams

Through partnerships with community agencies serving low-income, uninsured and underinsured Oregonians, the Casey Community Outreach Program offers free, on-site vision screenings at an expanding network of community 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 further medical support. This strong community partnership model links people with high quality vision health services through existing agencies and resources in their community. 

Counties severed by Mobile Clinic.
The red markers represent different counties that the Mobile Outreach Unit servers alongside our partner agencies.

Oregon Vision Health Network- Community health workers make sense

Oregon Vision Heath Network (OVHN) facilitates an expanded partnership, with existing community agencies, in which staff from those agencies will be provided training and support to utilize advanced vision imaging equipment, deliver vision health education specific to their community, and effectively screen for vision impairment, while receiving technical and medical support by Casey Eye Institute Outreach. This will allow the Casey Eye Institute Outreach program to increase access to vision screenings for communities across Oregon who at highest risk for blindness. Additionally, this expansion promotes early detection and enhanced care coordination – an essential steps to eliminating preventable blindness in Oregon.

OVHN is supported by the generous donations of The Roundhouse Foundation and Heather Killough. This network will be sustained for a minimum of five years and intends to partner with eight community partner sites.

Community health care workers practice during training.
Volunteers from our partner agency, One Community Health, complete OVHN training facilitated by the Casey Community Outreach Program.

Volunteer

Entirely donor funded, the Casey Community Outreach Program is staffed by volunteer doctors, technicians, students and community members dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness in Oregon. Our 33-foot fully outfitted mobile ophthalmology unit provides free medical vision screenings in partnership with local agencies all around the state to end preventable blindness in Oregon. 

Learn more about becoming a volunteer

Casey Community Outreach Program volunteer Meghan.
Casey Community Outreach Program volunteer Meghan works with a participant.