Yesterday, Conexus was again featured on Richmond's Channel 8 Showcase, in a segment sponsored by Haley Buick GMC to highlight our mission and our Kids 20/20 Campaign.
We are grateful to Haley for their support of our mission and for their help in raising awareness of the importance of children's vision to their success in school.
In mid-July Conexus was approached by a California-based non-profit, Vision to Learn (VTL), to discuss a possible collaborative effort. VTL has been delivering mobile vision clinics to high need school divisions across the country for the last five years and a large grant through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative had recently provided them the opportunity to double their national footprint over the course of the next year. Richmond was identified as a community in need of mobile clinic services.
After nearly a month of discussions between the two organizations, potential funders, and Richmond Public Schools the organizations developed a mutually beneficial model of service delivery. Conexus will deliver its technology based comprehensive children’s vision program, VisioCheck, to more than 15,000 RPS students this school year year, and as students are identified as needing follow-up services, the VTL mobile clinic will move through the schools to deliver on-site eye exams and glasses.
This is an exciting opportunity for both Conexus and Vision to Learn and a wonderful ongoing resource for students in Richmond Public Schools. More to come!
Conexus was approached in the Fall of 2016 by Friends of Barnabas (FOB), a local non-profit with a mission to improve the lives of impoverished children in Honduras by providing high quality sustainable medical care and enabling communities to become self-sufficient through community health training and education. After months of planning and coordination, Conexus President and CEO, Tim Gresham, and Conexus Screening Technician, Corrine Huber, traveled with a Health Mission team to Honduras for 6 days to support the development of a technology based vision program for the remote villages of Honduras. “This trip was an exciting opportunity to take and test our program outside of the US and contribute to a population desperately in need,” says Gresham. The Conexus team consulted with and trained local FOB staff as to how to incorporate technology to its fullest capacity in the field translating into improved onsite services in the clinics.
John Randolph Foundation awarded its latest grants on Thursday, July 20th in front of a crowd of 125 partners, donors, and grant recipients. Responsive grants totaling $403,369 from the Foundation’s Mission Fund were awarded to 17 nonprofits. Conexus was proud to be among one of the 17 recipients. Robin Mead accepted the award on behalf of Conexus. Funds will be used to provide VisioCheck to 35 schools in the 6 Divisions in the John Randolph service territory starting this fall.
World renowned, best-selling author Patricia Cornwell visited the Conexus Headquarters today to learn more about how our programs are working to improve educational outcomes for students. Patricia, a long-time friend of Conexus Board Chair, Roxane Gilmore, spent time with the Conexus staff to learn more about our comprehensive children’s vision program, VisioCheck, and how prevalent vision problems are in children, especially in our urban communities. Ms. Cornwell had a deep appreciation and understanding of the importance of good vision as it pertains to learning success in school and offered her support in our mission.
We look forward to exploring how we can work together to help eliminate undetected and untreated vision problems as barriers to success in school and life, allowing every child to reach their fullest potential.
More to come……
Conexus was honored to be among more than 300 business and community partners at the Fulghum Conference Center today for the Chesterfield County Public Schools Annual Business and Community Partners Appreciation Luncheon. Conexus was recognized for service to Chesterfield County Schools through the pilot program and study which provided VisioCheck and follow-up eye exams and glasses to referred students. The pilot offered screening to 3,585 students and found 1,059 with potential vision problems. The age parameters of the study allowed for free onsite eye exams and glasses for 3rd grade students with a referral for follow-up vision care. Nearly half of the 546 eligible students took advantage of the free services; the pilot delivered 263 exams and 197 pairs of glasses!