Eye Thrive, the leading provider of vision services for kids in the region, brought their Mobile Vision Clinic to Casa de Salud twice this summer to help families in need of eye care for their children.
Casa de Salud is a trusted healthcare provider in the immigrant and refugee communities.
This partnership allowed Casa de Salud to offer their clients’ children eye exams and glasses in a familiar, trusted environment. Casa de Salud’s clients deal not only with the language and cultural barriers but trust is also a concern, especially for those immigrants who are undocumented This concern often results in avoiding health care altogether.
In this partnership the trust that Casa de Salud has established with their clients is leveraged by Eye Thrive and allows them to build credibility with the families and children to better meet their optical needs.
This particular population might never have engaged with Eye Thrive due to all of the aforementioned barriers, but because of the partnership, parents were able to book appointments with Eye Thrive through the same reliable bilingual staff at Casa de Salud with whom they had previously established care. Familiar faces were available for interpretation and for navigating parents and children through the appointments.
To date the Eye Thrive, Casa de Salud Partnership has distributed glasses to 28 children, and this is only the beginning.
Although this is not the only partnership between two of SOS’s grantees, it is a clear example of how partnerships can help broaden the reach of both agencies involved. Even though the creation of relationships between agencies is not central to the mission Of SOS it is undeniable that SOS’s community engagement lends itself to creating the opportunity for connection between grantees which in turn helps to build a stronger interconnected community.
President - Katy Dowd
President Elect/Membership Chair - Ally Melvin
Secretary - Joni Karandjeff
Treasurer - Becky Courtney
Immediate Past President/Nominating - Amy Garrison
Education Chair - Nancy Garvey
Education Vice-Chair - Pat Crowe
Grants Chair - Kathleen Beckmann
Grants Vice Chair - Joan Gallagher
Impact Chair - Carol Rodriguez
Impact Vice-Chair - Nancy Hamilton
Marketing and Communication-Chair - Gretta Forrester
Marketing and Communication-Vice Chair - Tasha Borglum
Technology Chair & Philanos Liaison - Amy Conard
Technology Vice Chair - Cynthia Pilling
At-Large - Sarah Woodburn
Shawntelle Fisher (Governance)
Rose Carnes-Bruce (Governance)
Ellen Schapiro (Book Club)
Advisory Council Chair/Founder Initial SOS Co-Chair - Shelby Schagrin
Founding Initial SOS Co-Chair/Member At-Large - Susan Block
A special thank you to retiring board members Sharon Abel, Amber Howlett, Elveeta Macon and Gwendolyn Wesley.
Recently SOS members met for Lunch at the Boat House and a Tour of Forest Park by the Missouri History Museum with a focus on Women’s Accomplishments in the park.
Next summer gathering…..
Tour of Central Library
Saturday, Aug 6 10:00-11:00am
Keep an eye out for invitation.
Pictured Barb DuBois, Marianne Baer, Kathleen Beckmann, Nancy Garvey, Barb Meyer, Beth Ann Riechman.
Not Pictured: Chris Schmiz