Health—General & Rehabilitative

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

Helping Ohioans Enjoy Good Sight for Life

aka Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

Columbus, OH

Mission

To prevent blindness and preserve sight

Ruling Year

1990

President & CEO

Mrs. Sherill K. Williams

Main Address

1500 W 3RD Ave Ste 200

Columbus, OH 43212 USA

Keywords

vision eye health blind prevention

EIN

31-6063433

 Number

5725196835

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness reduces the incidence of unnecessary vision loss and impairment by providing access to comprehensive vision care services for high-risk, medically disadvantaged Ohioans of all ages. Nearly 50% of all vision loss can be prevented through regular eye exams and the use of protective eyewear. Providing access to professional eye care can stop vision loss in its tracks, leading to increased academic, job and life success. Blindness and vision impairment affect one’s ability to drive, read, work, learn, stay active in the community, and/or take care of household tasks. Declines in these abilities can lead to social isolation, depression and increased risk of falls and injuries. Poverty and a lack of health care and vision care coverage often means that uninsured residents seek help for emergency medical problems only and often forgo preventive health services such as comprehensive eye exams.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Adult Vision Screening

Children's Vision Screening Training and Certification

Vision Care Outreach

Vision Research Fellowship for Female Scholars

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children Vision Receiving Vision Screening

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Children's Vision Screening Training and Certification

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of adults receiving a vision screening

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Adult Vision Screening

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Underserved individuals receiving comprehensive, donated vision care

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Vision Care Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Vision screeners trained, certified and equipped

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with vision impairments

Related program

Children's Vision Screening Training and Certification

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Patient and Consumer Education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Media Impressions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The mission of Prevent Blindness is to prevent blindness and preserve sight. The vision of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness (PBO) is to help Ohioans enjoy good sight for life. PBO is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness, the country's second-oldest national voluntary health organization. PBO serves as a consumer advocate for eye health and safety and our main emphasis is to serve those at highest risk for vision loss – preschool age children, older adults, minority populations and other individuals at risk for eye injuries at home, work and play. PBO promotes early detection and prompt professional treatment. Finding vision problems early is critical, when treatment is most successful and further vision loss can be prevented.

Prevent Blindness promotes eye health and safety while working to find the cures for blinding eye diseases. Our mission is carried out through the following programs. Early Detection and Treatment - Early detection and prompt, professional treatment are essential in halting eye diseases such as amblyopia and glaucoma. PBO’s vision training and screening programs enable thousands of volunteers and providers of primary health care to detect potentially blinding eye diseases and refer individuals for professional treatment early, when it is most effective. Eye Health and Safety Education - PBO offers workplace wellness programming, educational exhibits for museums and libraries, grades PreK-12 classroom lesson plans, and speakers that provide eye health and safety facts to all ages to help them take good care of their gift of sight. Our website, social media and public media messaging reach nearly 100 million each year. Vision Advocacy - PBO advocates for all Ohio citizens regarding issues of vision safety in regards to fireworks safety, vision and safe driving, access to eye health care, and providing policy makers with the information they need to fight the growing future problem of vision loss in Ohio’s senior population. Research - PBO is committed to educating key groups about the growth of vision problems and the important role that research, public health, clinicians, and the patients themselves play in reducing unnecessary vision loss. PBO expands eye health education and vision research through our Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research. Past fellows have worked on projects that will have future impact on early detection of glaucoma, regeneration of retinal cells impacting Age related Macular Degeneration, and the impact of nutrition on vision preservation. PBO funds three to six Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research each year. This grant provides support for scientific research investigating public health issues related to the burden of illness of eye-related health and safety. All research grants promote the core mission of PBO - preventing blindness and preserving sight.

PBO is a well-run organization and is one of only 40 nonprofits among Ohio's 37,000+ nonprofit organizations to be awarded OANO’s Standards for Excellence Seal for demonstrating accountability and ethical standards (as of 11/1/2019). Our business strategy is to enhance existing systems of care by training, certifying, and equipping those who serve the needy to provide sight-saving programming to their constituents. This approach supports sustainability and ownership of the service among those implementing and receiving it. PBO’s programs are evidence-based and developed in concert with the Prevent Blindness America Scientific Advisory Committee, which assures accuracy of information presented, literacy appropriateness for target populations, and assures health equity in delivery to people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic status. All clients receive the same quality services and products, eliminating vision health disparities among medically disadvantaged populations.

Vision screening and professional eye care services provided by PBO are tracked via an online data system which uses client-specific records to assure that each client receives the full cycle of services needed. Data can also be aggregated for donor and leadership reporting purposes and to evaluate overall program trends and accomplishments. We also monitor our success by comparing our actual services provided to the yearly goals we set for our program. If PBO reaches or exceeds the total services provided goal, then our program is considered a success. Prevent Blindness invites clients of our donated vision care program to provide their personal stories as a result of our partnership in accessing donated care. Each story illustrates the new eye health information that the client has learned through the program, barriers that were overcome by having access to eye care, and what activities they can now enjoy thanks to improved sight.

Prevent Blindness partners with more than 1,500 schools, childcare centers, senior centers, social service organizations and healthcare facilities across the state of Ohio and provides them with vision assessment training and tools to identify people in need of vision care. PBO is the only statewide organization that has a certified vision screener training program that employs evidence-based standards developed by Prevent Blindness America and its National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health and National Center for Vision and Population Health. Through the generosity and collaboration of our friends in optometry, ophthalmology, the vision care industry, and the pharmaceutical industry, PBO has created an innovative health care solution and an important preventive care impact that is the largest statewide “virtual free clinic” for indigent eye care anywhere in the United States. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 1,000,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. We save the sight of disadvantaged Ohioans by providing 5,000 needy residents with donated comprehensive eye exams, eyeglasses, medications, surgeries, and follow-up care each year. Annually, we train, certify and equip 1,200 volunteers that provide evidence-based vision screenings to more than 200,000 Ohioans each year. PBO makes improvements to our programming to ensure effectiveness and efficiency. We will continue our programming in eye health education, advocacy, and early disease identification for Ohioans at high-risk of losing their sight. Working with our partners, our strategy is to serve as a catalyst for long-term systems change, making healthy vision a part of healthy living.

External Reviews

Accreditations


Since 2003

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Standards for Excellence Seal 2019

Awards

Standards for Excellence Seal 2019

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Standards for Excellence Seal 2019

Financials

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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