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MEDIA ADVISORY: “Vision for Baltimore” Partners Focus on Improving City School Students’ Eyesight

October 9, 2019
CONTACT:
Chanapa Tantibanchachai
Office: 443-997-5056 / Cell: 928-458-9656
chanapa@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

Sight for More Eyes: “Vision for Baltimore” Partners Focus on Improving City School Students’ Eyesight;
Henderson-Hopkins School Health Fair Celebrates World Sight Day

In honor of World Sight Day, Vision for Baltimore will host a vision health fair at Henderson-Hopkins School on Thursday, October 10. Now in its fourth year, Vision for Baltimore is a citywide program between The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Health Department, nonprofit Vision To Learn and eyewear retailer Warby Parker to provide all pre-K through 8th grade public school students with vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses, all at no out-of-pocket costs for families. Other funders include the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Abell Foundation.

Vision for Baltimore has to date provided more than 50,000 vision screenings, nearly 9,000 eye exams and more than 6,500 pairs of glasses to city students and is steadily working towards its goal of providing eye exams and glasses to all who need them. Studies have shown that improved vision can provide benefits such as better grades and behavior at school, improved hand-eye coordination and more comfort with reading.

Recognizing the challenges in vision care for Baltimore youth, Johns Hopkins has been committed to supporting the success of Vision for Baltimore since its beginning in Fall 2016.  Johns Hopkins has helped lead the program by providing technical assistance during the program’s implementation, performing school outreach and education to help promote glasses wear, conducting research to determine the impact of glasses on academic performance, performing a cost analysis of Vision for Baltimore’s program, and proposing strategies to build sustainable models for school-based vision care.

The health fair will feature interactive booths where students can learn about the anatomy of an eyeball, color vision, 3-D vision, optical illusions and more.

The mobile vision clinic run by Vision To Learn will also be onsite.

WHO:

  • Ronald J. Daniels, President, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Mayor, Baltimore City
  • Sonja Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Mary Beth Haller, Deputy Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Ann Hollister, Executive Director, Vision To Learn
  • Jesse Schultz Sneath, Director of Social Innovation, Warby Parker

WHERE:
Henderson-Hopkins School Auditorium
2100 Ashland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205

WHEN:
October 10, 8:00-11 AM

  • 8:00-8:15 AM: Opportunity for media interviews and photos at Vision To Learn’s mobile clinic
  • 8:15 AM: Remarks begin
  • 8:45-9:15 AM: Opportunity for media interviews
  • 9:00 AM: Health fair begins

Media
To cover the event, please contact Chanapa Tantibanchachai, chanapa@jhu.edu, 928-458-9656 or 443-997-5056. Parking is available on the south side of Ashland Ave.

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