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Outreach & Events

Community outreach is a vital component of our students’ education and provides access to quality health care to members of our community – many of whom otherwise would go untreated. Students gain experience in the WesternU Health Eye Care Institute, rotating among our premier preceptors, and offering valuable services to the community – including the opportunity to participate in special research initiatives. Services include rehabilitation and treatment for low vision, eye exams, optical services, specialty contact lenses, myopia (near sightedness) control, dry eyes, and other conditions.

WesternU Health Eye Care Institute

More than 300 pairs of prescription glasses were available for distribution during a Care Harbor glasses distribution event held at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California Saturday, June 8, 2019. Glasses were being distributed to patients who attended Care Harbor Fairplex April 27-28. Students, along with faculty, participated by checking each prescription.

For Community Mobile Eye Care

This 39-foot comprehensive Mobile Eye Care Unit houses three eye exam lanes and an exam room, and provides access to health care for those living in rural areas, patients residing in nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities, and those whose status prevents them from being transported for doctor visits. The Unit also provides rehabilitative care for the visually impaired and those with special needs. The Mobile Eye Care Unit was made possible by a generous gift from Molina Healthcare of California.

“The Mobile Eye Care Unit allows us to serve people in need of eye care in a location where they feel comfortable, right in their own communities. Using the mobile unit improves access to care and eliminates needless barriers.”

~ WesternU College of Optometry Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH

SHPEP Optometry Rotation

Health Career Ladder Optometry Rotation

We are proud to participate in The Pomona Health Career Ladder, a unique multi-institutional formal alliance of WesternU with the Pomona Unified School District, Sherman Indian High School & Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America. This collaborative creates a network and pathways to assist parents and students in becoming health care professionals caring for themselves and others.