FLYING HIGH WITH VOSH-CALIFORNIA
JUNE VOSH CHAPTER OF THE MONTH
For its high and sustained level of activity as well as its leadership,
VOSH-California is selected as the June VOSH Chapter of the month.
VOSH-CA President Dr. Greg Pearl submitted this report:
VOSH/CA primarily organizes campaigns with SVOSH chapters at SCCO, Western Univ. and Xochicalco Univ in Mexicali. We try to offer enough opportunities so that every optometry student can have a VOSH experience.
We conduct a Saturday clinic once a month with the Flying Samaritans organization at their clinics in Tecate and Tijuana area of Baja, Mexico. Typically we have one supervising VOSH/CA optometrist and 5-6 SVOSH members.
John Larcabal, Corina Van de Pol and I also organize about five or six weeklong campaigns to Central and South America with SVOSH members during their school vacations (i.e. Thanksgiving, Spring Break and Summer).
VOSH/CA volunteers also provide eye care at about a dozen pop-up clinics throughout California organized by California CareForce, Healing California and Care Garbor. These clinics provide homeless and low income patients with free medical, dental and vision services.