Healthy Eyes Healthy Futures, a Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, is working in 11 Milwaukee Public Schools to develop a follow-up and referral strategy to ensure more children get to vision care.
In 2014-2015, more than 3,000 MPS children failed their vision screening and were referred to care, yet only 9% of those children ever received vision care. Healthy Eyes Healthy Futures is researching ways to improve the referral and follow-up process for the high-risk children in MPS who have higher rates of undetected, undiagnosed, and untreated vision problems because of disparities in access or appropriate referral policies.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has partnered with Deborah Costakos, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at MCW, as well as a community-wide support network, including Milwaukee Public Schools Nursing and Health Services staff, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin school nurses and health navigators, and Herslof Optical to improve vision health for Wisconsin’s children through an integrated system of screening, referral, and education across schools and communities.
The project also works in the Milwaukee Public School community to increase awareness of eye health and thus improve children’s vision health access and outcomes in the long-term.