The award recognizes the extensive domestic and international outreach and care provided by faculty, students, alumni and partners of the College of Optometry.
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Frank Giardina ’83, OD ’86 is the program director of Community Health Centers of the Central Coast.
On the Oregon Trip 2019, 14 optometry students (along with Melanie Tan, Lisette Romig, Dr. Borbidge, and Dr. Martin) traveled along the Columbia River Gorge in Northern Oregon to provide eyecare to 336 patients in underserved communities.
During our time in Senegal, our team of eight students and one attending doctor was able to provide care for patients in the previous West Africa capital of Saint-Louis. In our three and a half days of clinic, we were able to see 326 patients, many of whom had never received an eye exam due to limited access to care.
Pura Vida! From March 23-30, a team of eight students along with Dr. Kundart, Dr. Kautz, and Dr. Closson and her son traveled to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to deliver eye care to the underserved populations of the coastal city.
The results are in: Boxer Giving Day was a huge success!
This past spring break, a group of 13 AMIGOS traveled back to Belize to visit the communities of Corozal and San Narciso to provide eye care for those under-served areas. During our four clinic days, we saw 470 patients, spanning from 3- to 80-year-olds, non-verbal children, diabetics, motor-vehicle accident patients and many more.
This winter break, a group of seven students and one optometrist travelled back to Senegal to see around 400 patients in four days of clinic. This was the second trip to the Saint-Louis area, which includes the village of Rao working with the Yoonu Njub Organization.
Our first three days of clinic were in Zidong’s village health center. For our final day of clinic, we had screenings at a local county hospital. The hospital serves over 130,000 patients with only one ophthalmologist to meet the ocular health needs of that region.
Pacific will confer degrees on nearly 900 students during two ceremonies at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.