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2020 Impact Report

Prevent Blindness Texas Impact Report 2020

Dear PBT Friends and Family,
We would like to share how your support translated into impact this past year. The PBT staff and board is grateful to have the opportunity to serve our communities across Texas to increase access to quality eye care and change lives daily. It has been a year full of challenges, but together, we continue to find innovative ways to connect with and serve our clients. We are focused on preventing vision loss and improving health. More importantly, we are here to help individuals see so they can learn, work, stay mobile and pursue whatever they want and need to without barriers to care. Thank you again for taking this journey with us. Without you, we could not serve the thousands of individuals we do annually. I would also like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that make our work possible, including our dedicated Board of Directors. Please take a moment to read the 2019/2020 Impact Report. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please feel free to email [email protected], and I will be happy to mail a copy to you.

This Year We:

 In partnership with the eye care and health community, delivered patient education to more than 13,569 adults and children

We Screened Over 32,015 children and adults

Provided 8,289 individuals with necessary follow-up services they would not have been able to receive without us

Increased our partners in the eye care and health community by almost 50%

Certified 609 children and adult vision screeners through the only national certification program of its kind.

Meet A Few Of Our Partners:

The Fasken Foundation funding allowed PBT to significantly expand our children’s programming in the Greater Permian Basin area. Their generous support made it possible to expand our vision screening outreach by serving more than 4,000 children this past year. Their continued investment in our programs has also allowed PBT to expand program capacity by certifying 29 community volunteers serving the Permian Basin community. These volunteers are not only ensuring sustainability and community ownership of our screening program, but they are helping PBT provide increased accessibility of eye care services to better serve medically underserved children.

Valero has been a long-standing partner that has actively supported many endeavors in our Southwest Region. From sponsoring our Walk to investing in our children’s programs, they make a difference in the community we serve. Last year, we doubled the number of Walk participants in San Antonio. It is in partnership with incredible sponsors like Valero that we can grow and have even more impact in the community. They are strategic and committed partners that make a difference for PBT and our clients

The team at Essilor has been instrumental in supporting Prevent Blindness Texas in many capacities. Last year, we were fortunate to have Essilor participate in our Dark Dining event in Dallas, have a team at the Houston Walk and provide support for our Golf Tournament. They were one of our top partners for the year. Their investment in the community goes beyond events though, as we have two board members affiliated with Essilor, and they are deeply committed to our mission.

The Women Wellness (WOW) Program, led by Dr. Carol Robazetti, has partnered with PBT to integrate vision and eye health activities with their coordinated women’s health community outreach events providing free cervical and breast and cervical cancer screening events to uninsured or underinsured women in the Greater Houston area. Through these events, we are joining our efforts for comprehensive health promotion efforts by providing access to vision and eye health services through vision screenings, eye health education, and eye care resources to program participants as they wait for their health exams. The integration of our vision and eye health activities with those of the WOW Program are essential for addressing the significant barriers to fundamental changes required to ensure that the overall vision and health needs for this target population are being met. In 2019 alone, we provided certified vision screenings to 339 female participants at these eye health screenings, of which 84% and 71% were referred for risk factors and
visual acuity, respectively.

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