Public Health

Community Health Centers

Multidisciplinary, community-governed Community Health Centers deliver comprehensive health services, address health disparities, and improve access to care for the underserved. Working with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the AOA is improving patient access to eye and vision care services at Centers within the U.S. Presently, only about 18 percent provide in-house optometric services. To find a Community Health Center near you, log onto www.bphc.hrsa.gov.

Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants

Healthy Eyes Healthy PeopleHealthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants program offers an opportunity for optometrists to collaborate with other community resources so that vision care, including hardware, is provided to children, and optometry is recognized as a vital component of the health care system. Projects should be focused on increasing the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools and the medical community with special attention to the underserved children in the U.S. Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation will award grants up to $5,000 per grant.

InfantSEE®

InfantSEEInfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. AOA InfantSEE optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no-cost public health service.

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VISION USA

VISION USA

Volunteers In Service In Our Nation (VISION USA) is a program that provides basic eye health and vision services free of charge to low-income, uninsured Americans and their families.  VISION USA is provided by participating AOA member optometrists who donate their services

Optometric Disaster Relief Fund

Through the AOA Foundation, the Optometric Disaster Relief Fund offers optometrists financial assistance for damages incurred to their practices from natural disasters.

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