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Stephen L. Williams, M.Ed., MPA, Director Giving Children the Power of Sight Through Public/Private Collaborations & Partnerships Track 2.5 Presented by: Judy Hicks Harris

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Giving Children the Power of Sight Through Public/Private Collaborations & Partnerships. Track 2.5 Presented by: Judy Hicks Harris. Stephen L. Williams, M.Ed., MPA, Director. Kids Vision Partnership. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Stephen L. Williams, M.Ed., MPA, DirectorGiving Children the Power of Sight Through Public/Private Collaborations & PartnershipsTrack 2.5Presented by: Judy Hicks Harris1A collaboration with HDHHS and public and private partners to provide free eye exams and glasses to school aged children

Two programsOneSight, a national programSee to Succeed, the local initiative

Kids Vision PartnershipA foundation of the Luxottica group

HDHHS/OneSight partnership started in 2007

Provides free eye exams and glasses for 1-2 weeks in Houston (1500-2000 children per week)OneSight484,846 children screened in Harris and Fort Bend County schools in 2012-2013*

52,562 failed screening*

20,332 children with unresolved vision problems at end of school year*

*Texas Department of State Health Services Annual Vision Screening Report 2012-2013 for Region 6 Public Schools

The Need in the Houston AreaImpaired vision affects ability of children to learn

80% of learning in a childs first 12 years comes through the eyes

25% children in the U.S. have a vision problem, 20% need glasses

Among juvenile offenders, 78% have a vision problem

Prisons forecast beds need in 10 years based on 3rd grade reading levelsWhy Address the Need

90% of Children Who Need Glasses DONT Have Them*According to the Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline. Pediatric Eye and Vision Examinations. St. Louis, MO. American Optometric Association 2nd edition, 2002Thats Bobbys story, although this issue is not specific only to him. In fact, research shows that 90% of children who need glasses dont have them.

[I would suggest we get a more current statistic.]6Meet AlexanderAlexander is 12 years old and attends a Houston area Charter schoolHe never had glasses before attending See to Succeed in 6th gradeOver the summer his glasses were stolen while he was swimming at his apartment pool. His parents were unable to replace the eye wear and he started 7th grade without his glassesHis school nurse arranged for him to come to See to Succeed again in January 2014 after noticing he did not have his glasses any longerHis grades suffered the first semester of 7th grade due to his not being able to see the board without straining

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Alexanders VisionLeft EyeRight Eyehttp://www.eye-sim.com/Below is a simulation of Alexanders non-corrected vision

CorrectedEnormous Short- and Long-Term ImpactBETTER VISION FOR KIDSSTRONGER WORKFORCE & ECONOMYINCREASED LITERACY & EDUCATIONFEWERSOCIETAL ISSUESFew people make the connection between vision and literacy/education but we must do so in order to solve this problem.

Create a locally supported initiative to expand service capacity

Provide services at a volume to address level of need

Provide free eye exams and glasses to 10,000 school aged children in need

The Directors Vision Assemble resources to expand capacity

Sell the vision and mission

Build Relationships

Provide infrastructure support

Turning the Vision Into RealityProvide free eye exams and glasses to 10,000 children per school year

Replicate OneSights high volume service delivery model which

Maximizes the number of children servedRemove barriers to access to care

The MissionFunding: Doctors, Optical Manager,Frames,Lenses,Pretest Manager & Students Specialized Personnel:Clinical Director, Optometrists, UH Staff & Students,, Equipment, SuppliesKids Vision Strategic PartnershipsFree Lab Work (10,000 glasses per year)HDHHSStephen WilliamsALFMargaret & Joel ShannonBerkley Eye CenterSan Jacinto CollegeEssilor Vision FoundationNUF Walmart CenterHDHHS Stephen WilliamsUniversity of HoustonHDHHS Stephen WilliamsBuild Relationships 13Funding: Doctors, Optical Manager,Frames,Lenses,Pretest Manager & Students Specialized Personnel:Clinical Director, Optometrists, UH Staff & Students,, Equipment, SuppliesFree Lab Work (10,000 glasses per year)HDHHSStephen WilliamsALFMargaret & Joel ShannonBerkley Eye CenterSan Jacinto CollegeEssilor Vision FoundationNUF Walmart CenterHDHHS Stephen WilliamsUniversity of HoustonHDHHS Stephen WilliamsBuild Relationships for a Purpose Over 20,000 Glasses Delivered Since 201214Established Planning Team

Created See to Succeed

Conducted Pilot Project Spring 2011, 422 children seen during the week

See to Succeedhttps://vimeo.com/62804627

See to Succeed How it Works

See to Succeed How it Works80 percent of the project resources are donated from school districts, cities, government agencies, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and businesses

$462,000 annual cash cost, $2.3 million in in-kind services and donated glasses

Organizing & Managing ResourcesExecutive sponsors collaborative

HDHHS Project Manager & Infrastructure Support

Interagency Operations planning team

Clinics managed with National Incident Management Structure

Organizing & Managing Resources(6) one week See to Succeed clinics per school year and (1) one week OneSight clinic

Service capacity expanded from 422 in Spring 2011 in one week to 2000 per week in 2014

9803 children examined in 2013-2014 37,593 children examined and 26,665 received glasses since 2007

ResultsImproved performance on state academic assessments *

Improved attendance rates*

Prevention of serious eye problems

*http://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/8269/2011_2012%20One%20Sight%20Evaluation.pdf

ResultsPartnerships with established foundations such as OneSight

Support from HDHHS

Multiple funding and volunteer sourcesSuccess Critical FactorsCollege and University partnershipssignificant volume of work by students

Business partners that donate staff, equipment, glasses and other supplies

Commitment from local school districts

Success Critical FactorsSet a vision that can be shared

Be clear about the mission

Sell the mission rather than requesting resources

Identify partners who share the vision and commit to the mission

Lessons LearnedAllow partners to determine where they best fit

Provide support from a lead agency to provide continuity and ongoing coordination

Be flexible and continuously improve the process

Recognize and value the work of each partners

Lessons LearnedConsists of organizations who are committed to providing vision services for children

Created strategic plan for the Houston area

Vision: Eye care for every child

Mission: To provide children in need with the power of sight for lifelong achievement

The Kids Vision for Life Houston Area CoalitionChanging Lives

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2929For More Information Contact

Judy Hicks Harris, [email protected](832) 393-4345

Corrie [email protected](832) 393-5058

http://www.houstontx.gov/health/KidsVision/index.htmlhttp://houstonhealthfoundation.org