Wilcox grant funds vision, health services

LIHUE — Project Vision Hawaii, which provides free vision and health screenings to Hawaii’s underserved communities, has received a $20,000 grant from G. N. Wilcox Trust.

The funds are being used to help Project Vision Hawaii build capacity and staff on Kauai. The organization brings vision screenings to low-income individuals on the island through its program, “Better Vision for Keiki.” This grant also supports “WE: A Hui for Health,” a collaboration providing health services to remote areas and underserved populations.

“Wilcox’s gift provided vision screenings for 1,201 kids in Kapaa and at Kekaha Elementary,” said PVH executive director Elizabeth “Annie” Valentin. ”We intend to use the video game screening in every DOE school on Kauai and eventually statewide, working in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Keiki Program and local Lions Clubs.”

The screenings prompted follow-up exams for 99 students and prescription glasses to 56 of them on Kauai.

With mobile health clinics on several islands, PVH brings free preventative and follow-up health care directly to populations in need.

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