Casey Community Outreach Program: 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 (Casey) Outreach Program 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 Program has provided service to over 8,100 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 Community Outreach Program 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.
Entirely donor funded, the Casey Community Outreach Program is staffed by volunteer doctors, technicians, students and community members. To date, over 15,000 hours of service have been donated by the generous volunteers aboard the Casey mobile ophthalmology clinic. 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 e-mail or call 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.
Learn more about outreach initiatives at OHSU, including the van.