Lenard Allen, M.A, State of Hawaii, is the coordinator for t
Wellness Reunion for people who live with diabetes or hypertension
Working more than 100 man hours in a four hour timeframe on a single community service project, the Lions Club of Kona became qualified under the Weinberg Friends program to nominate a local charity organization to receive a $10,000 cash grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. A vision, hearing, health and dental screening at Konawaena Elementary School is the event that led the club to the qualification. Project Vision Hawai’i received the nomination by the Lions Club. The grant money earned will be used in Kona. The Lions Club of Kona has been serving its local community for 80 years and encourages service-minded people to serve their community. PVH officially launched on the Big Island in September 2014 at the Hilo County Fair. The non-profit organization provides year-round vision and other health screenings across the island with emphasis on Native Hawaiian populations, keiki, kupuna, and the underserved.
KAPAA — “WE” may have helped save a life Friday, said Anne Chipchase of the Ohana Health Plan.
“The Project Vision van and the WE Project was at the Princeville Shopping Center when a person came in,” Chipchase said Sunday during the program’s final appearance on Kauai for 2013. “That person looked normal and said he felt fine except for a little headache. But his blood pressure reading was sky high, and we suggested he call someone to get him.” READ MORE >>
HANAPEPE — The WE Portal Project, a hui for health to motivate individuals to make better health decisions, opened its two-weekend run Friday. READ MORE >>
LIHU‘E — WE, a hui for health, wrapped up its two weekends on Kaua‘i with a two-day on-site event offering free health screenings at Kukui Grove Center, starting Friday night and ending Saturday afternoon. READ MORE >>
HANAMA‘ULU — The WE, a hui for health that offered free on-site health screenings, ended Saturday, but the Vision Van had one more trip to do Tuesday at the Hanama‘ulu housing. READ MORE >>
The Lions Clubs on the Big Island (Akaka Falls, Hamakua, Hilo, Hilo Crescent City, Kohala, Kona, Puna, Waiakea, Waikoloa and Waimea) have shipped over the Oahu-based Project Vision Hawaii RV. Through Sept. 18, the mobile vision screening bus will be making stops throughout Hawaii County.
According to the Hawaii Department of Health, 12,000 to 24,000 people go blind every year because of diabetes complications. But 90 percent of those cases could be prevented through early detection and treatment. That's one of the reasons Project Vision Hawaii is bringing its vision screening recreation vehicle to the Big Island. The RV -- here for the third year in a row -- will be on the island from today until Sept. 18, with 17 screenings at 14 different locations.
Founded by the Retina Institute of Hawaii, Project Vision is a non-profit 501(c)3 service with a mission to enhance the quality of life by improving sight, preventing blindness, and advancing medical knowledge through research. The mobile service provides free retina screenings to underserved populations in Hawaii.
LIHU‘E — Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness, said Paul Steinfort of the East Kaua‘i Lions Club.
Information on diabetes was just an incidental offering at the Project Vision Hawai‘i Van which opened its doors to a battery of free eye screenings, Friday, at Kukui Grove Center.
The van will be in ‘Ele‘ele today before heading around the island to other sites through Thursday.
The screenings can detect diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and high blood pressure changes before vision loss occurs, states a flier from the Lions Club.
We are pleased to announce that the PROJECT VISION HAWAII RV has returned from the Big Island and our events were a great success! The District 50 Lions used the RV to screen 888 people over a series of 12 events around the island. The vehicle was shipped to and from the Big Island by the Young Brothers Ltd who provided their services gratis. Free eye drops, vitamins and educational materials were provided by Allergan, Alcon, and Bausch & Lomb. Volunteers from the American Diabetes Association as well as the Retina Institute of Hawaii are preparing the
follow up letters to send them out as promptly as possible.
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