In late February, Conexus Program Specialist Corrine Huber delivered VisioCheck programming to nearly 800 students in four community schools of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Diocese has partnered with Conexus in the past to provide programming to students, and this time needed some precise statistical data to help support the need for improved vision programming in their schools.
Conexus delivered programming that referred 240 students, 31% referral rate-well over the national average of 25%. The Archdiocese has arranged for follow-up eye exams and glasses for students identified through this project. As students receive the necessary eye care, the Diocese plans to monitor their school performance, and anticipates seeing improvements across the board.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has requested to partner with Conexus to help support an important assessment of vision needs of elementary students in the Catholic schools. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has recently improved health resources for students in their region, and is working to address its students' vision and the direct impact that it has on academic performance. As part of this project, Conexus will deliver VisioCheck to students in four schools, selected by the Diocese. Students identified as needing follow-up care will be seen by an eye care professional, and those needing glasses will be provided with corrective eyewear. Conexus is very pleased to have been identified as a contributor for this effort and we look forward to collaborating on collecting and sharing the results and outcomes.