A growing array of studies and reports have established that racial and cultural biases among health care providers contribute to health disparities. Here are some eye-opening facts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The UH Provost’s Office recognized the UH College of Optometry this week at the UH vs Tulane basketball game for serving vision and health needs in the Houston area and beyond since 1952. The two community outreach programs specifically mentioned were the Mobile Eye Institute (MEI) and the collaborative See To Succeed Program.
At the University of Houston College of Optometry, students learn not just in the classroom and by working with patients, but by also engaging in cutting-edge research related to vision. Here’s a recap of the recent 6th annual UHCO Research Showcase.
Imagine your child not being able to see the notes the teacher writes on the whiteboard in class or being able to read a book because the words are a blurry mess or not being able to join in a game because they can’t see clearly. “Unlike a broken arm or a leg, eye problems may go undetected for several years,” said Pat Segu, founding medical director for See To Succeed and a clinical professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She and many others are working to address vision care needs in school-aged children.
Kaleb Abbott, O.D. '18, is the optometrist behind SunSnap Kids, a solution for parents worried about their kids losing their sunglasses. Thanks to Abbott, kids can now "snap" sunglasses on their wrists, bicycle handlebars, stroller -- pretty much anything.
Lucy Kehinde, OD, PhD, received a grant to develop a workshop/lecture series whereby faculty and students from UH Health Profession programs will learn to implement principles of community engagement and cultural competency.
Congratulations to Ralph Herring, OD, '81, and Nicole A. Karson, OPT III, OD/MS, on your honors at the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference. Dr. Herring received the APHA - VCS Distinguish Service Award and Nicole received the Morton W. Silverman Paper/Project Award.
Congratulations to Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, for achieving Diplomate in the, Section on Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies at the 2019 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Meeting. The AAO Diplomate program provides an avenue for distinction achieved by doctors of optometry who strive to attain a level of excellence beyond the regular AAO Fellowship program.
At the 2019 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Meeting, UHCO had 20 alumni, 1 faculty, 6 former UHCO residents, 2 former residents from affiliated residency programs,1 former fellow, and 1 staff member become fellows! Becoming a Fellow of the Academy is more than just letters behind your name; it’s an honor. It’s a way to set yourself apart within our profession and show your patients and colleagues that you are dedicated to practicing at the highest level while helping optometry move forward.