PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Lions Clubs of Oregon, is partnering with Lions Clubs and schools to help children in need of vision and hearing screenings statewide, including one Feb. 27 at Lunch Elementary in Redmond.
The Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) is part of the nonprofit's 2020 Vision campaign that aims to have all Oregon school-aged children in kindergarten, first, third, and fifth graders screened annually for vision and hearing problems, a campaign that depends heavily on Lions and community volunteers.
This year, approximately 65,000 school children will be screened statewide, of which approximately 17 percent will be referred for comprehensive vision and/or hearing exams. Some of these students may be able to take advantage of OLSHF's eye glass assistant program.
For vision screenings, OLSHF uses state-of-the-art photo screeners that capture detailed information from a single snapshot of a child's eye. This results in less error, especially among non-native English speaking, pre-verbal, shy and hyper-active children. OLSHF will save the long-term vision of five percent of screened children who unknowingly suffer from amblyopia, a degenerative eye condition that must be detected early.
OLSHF is helping schools all across Oregon provide higher quality and more cost-effective screenings for students. "The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation is one of the premier school-based health screening organizations in the United States," said Matt Livingston, School Health, Inc. Tigard/Tualatin District Nurse Nancy Haning stated, "I was so impressed with the quality of testing that was done for our students. The Lion's staff was knowledgeable, efficient, organized and great to work with. They went out of their way to train and support our district staff, and delivered a superior screening for our students."
MHSP also provides free health screenings for sight, hearing, glaucoma, blood pressure and diabetes (with 3 hour fast) for adults. In the last two decades, more than 500,000 people in Oregon and Northern California have been screened, and because of it, 180,000 health problems have been successfully detected.
MHSP is the only free health screening program of its kind in Oregon and will serve approximately 70,000 Oregonians this year-95% of them children. For students in particular, early detection is vital. There is a strong correlation between a student's success in school and their ability to see and hear. The MHSP provides critical early detection of sight and hearing difficulties that may be impacting a student's ability to learn.
To see updates to scheduled screenings below, visit the Health Screenings section of the Programs page at www.olshf.org. For more information, to volunteer or to schedule a screening, please call Mara Steen, MHSP Manager at (503) 413-7527.
Note: Under Type, "S" is for School, "C" is for Community event.
Date and Time Type School or Location Address
Feb. 1, 9am C Columbia County Fairgrounds-Stand Down Health Screening
58892 Saulser Rd, St. Helens, OR â€Ž
Feb. 3, 8am S Elmira Elementary 88960 Territorial Rd., Elmira
Feb. 3, 8:30am S Valor Middle School 450 Parr Rd., Woodburn
Feb. 4, 8am S Veneta Elementary 88131 Territorial Hwy, Veneta
Feb. 4, 8:30am S Prospect Charter 160 Mill Creek Dr., Prospect
Feb. 4, 8:30am S Lincoln Elementary 1041 N. Boones Ferry Rd., Woodburn
Feb. 5, 9:30am S Nellie Muir Elementary 1800 W. Hayes St, Hillsboro
Feb. 6, 8:30am S Spring Creek Elementary 560 Irvington Dr., Eugene
Feb. 6, 8:30am S Free Orchards Elementary 499 S. Beech St., Cornelius
Feb. 6, 8:30am S Heritage Elementary 440 Parr Rd., Woodburn
Feb. 7, 8:30am S Franklin Elementary 750 NW 18th St., Corvallis
Feb. 7, 8:30am S Mooberry Elementary 1230 NE 10th Ave., Hillsboro
Feb. 7, 8:30am S Washington Elementary 777 E. Lincoln St., Woodburn
Feb. 8 TBD C Reynolds High School-Multnomah Dental Society Health Fair
1698 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale
Feb. 10, 8:30am S Banks Elementary 42350 NW Trellis Way, Banks
Feb. 10, 8:30am S Carlton-Yamhill Elementary 420 S 3rd St., Carlton
Feb. 10, 8:30am S Hoover Elementary School 3838 NE Walnut Blvd., Corvallis
Feb. 10, 8:30am S Minter Bridge Elementary 1750 SE Jacquelin Dr., Hillsboro
Feb. 10, 8:30am S Umatilla Elementary School 120 Columbia Blvd., Umatilla
Feb. 11, 8:30am S Banks Elementary School 13050 NW Main St., Banks
Feb. 12, 8:30am S Wilson Elementary School 2701 NE Satinwood, Corvallis
Feb. 12, 8:30am S North Plains Elementary 32030 NW North Ave., North Plains
Feb. 14, 8:30am S Eastwood Elementary 2100 NE Lincoln St., Hillsboro
Feb. 18, 7:30am S Sweet Home Junior High 880 22nd Ave., Sweet Home
Feb. 18, 8:30am S Firwood Elementary 42900 SE Trubel Rd., Sandy
Feb. 19, 7:30am S Sweet Home Junior High 880 22nd Ave., Sweet Home
Feb. 19, 8:30am S West Union Elementary 23870 NW West Union Rd., Hillsboro
Feb. 19, 8:30am S Jefferson Elementary 1825 NW 27th St., Corvallis
Feb. 21, 8:30am S Sandy Grade School 38955 Pleasant St., Sandy
Feb. 24, 8:30am S Kelso Elementary 34651 SE Kelso Rd., Boring
Feb. 24, 8:30am S Groner Elementary 23405 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro
Feb. 25, 8:30am S Tobias Elementary 1065 SW 206th Ave., Aloha
Feb. 26, 8:30am S Witch Hazel Elementary 4950 SE Davis Rd., Hillsboro
Feb. 27, 8:30am S Reedville Elementary 2695 209th Ave., Aloha
Feb. 27, 8:30am S Lynch Elementary 1314 SW Kalama, Redmond
Feb. 28, 8:30am S Brookwood Elementary 3960 SE Cedar St., Hillsboro
The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, founded in 1959, serves as the non-profit arm of the Lions Clubs of Oregon. The Mission of the Foundation is "to screen, treat, save, and restore sight and hearing, in partnership with Lions Clubs, in order to prevent blindness and deafness for those in need." MHSP is one of numerous programs that the OLSHF operates to deliver humanitarian service; others include the Lions Patient Care Program, and the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program. For additional information, please visit our website at www.olshf.org
About Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International is a service organization with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs around the globe. Started in 1917, Lions Clubs aim to provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals, as well as provide other services and humanitarian projects for local communities. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.