VOSH-KANSAS RECOGNIZED AS THE VOSH CHAPTER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2018!

For their commitment, dedication and activities including their continuity in visiting Panama every two years, their collaboration with new partners such as HELPS, numbers of patients served and robust membership, VOSH/International is delighted to select VOSH-Kansas as the July, 2018 VOSH Chapter of the Month.      Chapter President Jenee Barth, OD, provided the detail below. Read on: VOSH Kansas is a highly active chapter. Our current active membership is over 50 doctors and we average 2-3 trips per year to help the underserved. We continue to help the people of Colon, Panama every ot her year as an ongoing mission. Kansas VOSH serves multiple villages all over the country of Guatemala. In 2017, VOSH joined forces with HELPS international on their first ever combined mission trip. This trip included the optometry team of VOSH Kansas and the surgery team of HELPS international. Over 1200 patients were seen and treated with either glasses, meds or surgery including cataract surgery, strabismus surgery, lacrimal duct repair surgery, levator lid surgery, removal of neurofibromas and enucleations. Our VOSH team just returned from Panama and saw over 3,200 patients. Another VOSH Kansas team is headed to Guatemala again the first week of May with HELPS International to complete the second mission of this kind. VOSH started in Kansas and is still a live an active chapter to date!    ...

VOSH International is seeking an Executive Director

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)/International is seeking an Executive Director Position Type: Executive Director, Part Time (Paid) with Flexible Hours (approx. 20 hours/week) Location: Work from home or office Mission Statement: The mission of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) / International is to provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.  VOSH facilitates the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.  Our goal is to increase our global impact whenever possible by supporting sustainable eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educators in areas lacking sufficient eye care. Job Description: The Executive Director (ED) of VOSH/International (V/I) is responsible for general management, program evaluation and overall operational responsibility of V/I. The ED will be active in areas of administration, communications, finance, systems, and make recommendations regarding timelines and resources needed to achieve V/I’s strategic goals. The ED will be engaged with V/I’s Board members, event coordinators, committee chairs, partners and affiliates and chapters to achieve the stated goals of the V/I Board. The ED is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports directly to the President, or others, as directed by the President, or others, on an as-needed basis. Duties and Responsibilities: Strategic Planning – implements the organization’s goals outlined in the Strategic Plan and develops annual action plans and benchmarks in conjunction with the Board. Includes attendance and participation in monthly Executive Committee and Board Calls in the evening, and attendance at the Mid Year Meeting in June and Annual Meeting in October. Director of Information/Conduit of information- Fields and/or responds to all emails and inquiries....

VOSH Texas has successful clinic trips

The first two VOSH Texas clinics of this year were highly successful. We were a little short of ODs for the spring clinic with only 3 in attendance, but by working late we managed to care for over 300 patients, sending over 100 for cataract surgery. We always have a great surgical team to refer to. The summer clinic was attended by 5 SVOSH students from SUNY in New York as well as 4 recent OD graduates, two from U of H and 2 from Aguascalientes. We had one VOSH OD from Penticton, British Columbia and one from Cuauhtemoc, Mexico. This team pretty well filled our 10 exam rooms and around 800 patients were examined and over 150 were sent to surgery.   Our fall clinic will be the week of September 10th. Four ODs are already registered! Applications can be found at: guerreroclinic.org! Two of our members attended the VOSH conference in Denver two weeks ago where we learned of the other great work VOSH is doing around the world. As a result of this Denver meeting, we learned more about The Essilor Vision Foundation and its great work with VOSH.  VOSH Texas is now a partner with The Essilor Vision Foundation and takes advantage of the services and materials offered by them. If you wish more info about this Foundation, please contact me or the EVF web site.   Tom Pruett,...