April 2020: VOSH-NE SELECTED AS THE VOSH CHAPTER OF THE MONTH as they are commended for working towards a sustainable domestic clinic to serve those within local communities.
VOSH Nebraska is an active group both domestically and internationally. For more about their work here is a message from VOSH-Nebraska President Lindsey Behrendt:
Our chapter completed an international clinic serving the people of Santiago and the surrounding communities in the
Dominican Republic on January 6-9, 2020. This is the fifth consecutive year our chapter has traveled to Creighton University ILAC (Institute for Latin American Concern) Mission and provided eye and vision care. Our group of volunteers saw 950 patients and dispensed 750 pairs of glasses throughout their four-day clinic. The team referred 168 patients for further care and treatment, including cataract surgery, retina, strabismus, and glaucoma consultation. Additionally, the team donated 10 boxes of readers, frames, and lens blanks to a non-profit in the DR which can serve these patients throughout the year.
A small group also went to an orphanage to expand the reach of vision care in this community. Our chapter has our yearly international trip planned for the same location on February 8-11, 2021.
The VOSH-Nebraska chapter is developing a sustainable domestic clinic to serve those within our own community. This clinic will be established in association with Heart Ministry Center in the downtown area of Omaha, Nebraska delivering vision care to those in need. The clinic plans to provide comprehensive eye examinations one day weekly and proposes patient care to begin in September 2020. VOSH-Nebraska is utilizing the VOSH International Technology Transfer Program to help equip their exam lane.