The American Optometric Association Foundation announced UHCO has been awarded a grant through the 2018 Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) Community Grant Program. The "See Clearly Now" Project will provide grant funding to Dr. Rebekah Montes and her colleagues to promote awareness of vision issues and ocular health within an underserved community by highlighting the importance of yearly exams with an optometrist. The HEHC grant program provides awards of up to $5,000 for innovative projects with a focus on collaborations between doctors of optometry and community resources to boost awareness and access to vision care for children.
Dorothy Chou, OD, family practice resident at the University of Houston College of Optometry was chosen by a committee of members in the Comprehensive Eye Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award.
Saturday, over 20 UHCO students participated in the third annual 'Day of Service', at the Houston Food Bank. The group was able to help prepare over 13,000 meals for Houston. This event is in honor of our building namesake, Dr. J. Davis Armistead for his service and dedication to UHCO and the community.
Mindy Fox, UHCO ophthalmic technician in the Ocular Diagnostic/Medical Eye Service, recently received the UH President’s Excellence Award in the technical/service/craft division. She and the other recipients were honored at a ceremony on August 13. Congratulations, Mindy!
Thousands turn out to the 2018 Mayor’s Back to School Fest. UHCO was on site to provide visions creenings to economically disadvantaged Houston- area elementary school students and their families. The event helps local families as they prepare to return to school. With the help of many great partners and sponsors, backpacks, school supplies, health screenings, immunizations, and social service resources are provided to thousands of students, free of charge. For link to more images, click here.
The Texas Higher Education Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr. Fred Farias to the Board of Trustees. The Foundation, official nonprofit partner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has raised over $22 million in support of the state’s higher education strategic goals since being founded in 2001.
UHCO's Community Clinics illustrates our mission Enhancing Vision For Life. Their efforts provide access to care for patients, educational opportunities for students and vision awareness in the community. Help us continue Enhancing Vision for Life at our clinics by making a gift of $100 today through FERV!
Elizabeth Shumard Bell, UHCO OPT IV and PhD candidate, was recently published on New Grad Optometry’s website. The article gives a detailed account of why and how she pursued a combined OD/PhD degree as well as the benefits she discovered along the way. Elizabeth’s research focus is on using wavefront technology to design better corrections for patients with keratoconus. She plans to pursue academia after graduating with her PhD degree. To learn more about her journey and discoveries, visit https://newgradoptometry.com/pursue-dual-optometry-degree/.
UHCO has an annual summer research program supported by the National Eye Institute. The purpose of this program is to introduce students in health professional schools to the opportunities for a career that includes clinical or health-related research. This summer 12 students were selected to participate in the program and work with UHCO’s renowned researchers. At the conclusion of the summer the students showcase their work through a poster presentation. Congratulations to our 2018 summer research students!
Jason Porter, PhD, was awarded Silver Fellow status from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) at the 2018 meeting in Hawaii. A total of 24 researchers became Silver Fellows in 2018 and now Dr. Porter joins an elite group of UHCO faculty and alums who are Gold and Silver Fellows, including: Ray Applegate, OD, PhD, Harold Bedell, PhD, Louvenia Carter-Dawson, PhD, Laura Frishman, PhD, Ron Harwerth, OD, ‘64, PhD, Ruth Manny, OD, ‘75, PhD, ‘81,Earl Smith, OD, ‘72, PhD, ‘78, Mark Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, Susana Chung, OD, PhD and Dennis Levi, OD, ’71, PhD, ‘77. Congratulations, Dr. Porter! To see the full list of 2018 Silver Fellows click here.