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Pennsylvania Diabetic Eye Health Alliance (PDEHA)
The Pennsylvania Diabetic Eye Health Alliance (PDEHA) is a program designed to target known public health concerns surrounding the care for diabetes. It is designed to improve the care to underserved diabetic patients, specifically addressing the optometric evaluation of the diabetic patient and disease management issues such as timeliness, accessibility of care, professional communication, quality management, delivery system cost efficiencies and clinical outcomes. 

Free diabetes patients are available for PDEHA participants. To request a poster, email

> More information about PDEHA


Kids Welcome Here®
Kids Welcome Here® is a multi-pronged education campaign designed by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) to increase the number of children who receive eye examinations from optometrists. The campaign is based on the premise that educated parents will take their children for early, regular comprehensive eye examinations, and that optometrists are the key to providing the necessary education to parents and others who provide care to children.

Free posters and brochures are available for POA members. E-mail to request a copy.

> More information about Kids Welcome Here

InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, which will be available in Summer 2005, our member optometrists will provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no cost public health service. Sign up to be a participant today.

> More information about InfantSEE


Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief
The American Optometric Association created Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief to provide immediate financial relief to optometrists in need. Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief has changed the lives of many optometrists by providing immediate financial relief for critical and urgent needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Apply for assistance or make a donation.

> More information on Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief


VISION USA™, started nationwide in 1991, is a program developed by doctors of optometry who are members of the American Optometric Association. VISION USA™ helps the 40 million working uninsured low-income Americans and their families who have no other means of obtaining care by providing basic eye health and vision care services free.

> More information about Vision USA

Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation
As optometry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission – expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. Programs include VISION USA, InfantSEE and Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief.

>More information aboout Optometry Cares: The AOA Foudation

Please visit POA's Public Health Programs webpage for additional information.

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