Already Making a Significant Impact on Fresno County
2017 Mobile Vision Screening Unit Expands
One pair of glasses can change a child’s entire academic future.
Pilot Vision Screening for Valley Children is a Success Among Four Districts
Equally significant, The Children’s Movement piloted a project to provide vision testing in a school in each of four school districts this past year, resulting in 1,840 children screened. Volunteer optometrists worked with Tzu Chi’s mobile van and provided 112 children with full eye exams, of which 78% then received glasses immediately. The project leveraged a Tzu Chi donor to provide a dedicated mobile van to the Central Valley (a $500,000 investment) with another $90,000 raised locally to provide an optometrist to man the van, allowing for significantly more exams next year.
Each of the organizations and institutions involved in these examples are active members of the C2C Partnership. This is only the beginning – C2C will continue improving organizational dialogue, outcomes and efficiencies for the full continuum of our youth into adulthood.
Completed Applications for Fresno State Soar as a Result of Institutions Communicating
C2C has already been instrumental in catalyzing innovation for big wins in our community. In May, Fresno State University and area school districts successfully converted 1,000 incomplete college applications to 950 completed applications. As a result of shared knowledge between FSU and the school districts, a barrier for many area student applicants was discovered – $75 application fee. This fee was eliminated and absorbed into the tuition fees.
In-Home Nurses at FUSD Bridge Gap for Students with High Health Risks
Similarly, the Director of Fresno County Public Health reported to the C2C Partnership about the positive effects of a nurse visiting the home during the early years of education. Fresno Unified subsequently put two RN positions into its budget to allow for in-home healthcare visits for its high-risk student families.