State Mandated Screenings
half Helen offers an affordable and comprehensive solution to state mandated school screenings. Our screening teams are state-certified to conduct both vision and hearing screenings. And thanks to our proprietary swift Screen software, our teams are able to conduct screenings and compile comprehensive reports at the same time saving schools countless hours of work and freeing up your health administrators to focus on delivering care to students.
Eye Exams and Glasses
At half Helen, we believe it is not enough to identify a vision problem. Forty percent (40%) of children that fail a vision screening never see an eye doctor due to cost and access to providers. Untreated refractive errors are the leading cause of Amblyopia and blindness in children. By bringing clinics directly to schools, half Helen is able to ensure students receive access to the quality care needed to reach their full potential.
Meet Optical Prime Jr!
In 2019, half Helen launched the first phase of their “pop-up” optometry clinic. Optical Prime Jr is our first step to tackling the access to care gap by bringing vision clinic services directly to the students who need them most. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, half Helen has acquired the necessary equipment to outfit a portable exam lane and is contracting with licensed optometrists to conduct eye exams. During the clinic, students will have the opportunity to choose form hundreds of high-quality frame styles and find a new pair of glasses to fit their personal style.
Most importantly, Optical Prime services are provided at no cost to the school, students, or their families.
Optical Prime Tiny House: Fall 2021!
half Helen is taking the plunge and upgrading our program to better meet demand. Starting in 2021, we will be delivering services via a mobile tiny house. This clinic will be towed to participating schools and deliver vision care services to those who need it most.
Tiny House, Big Idea
The Optical Prime Tiny House will be fitted with 2 exam lanes, increasing half Helen’s capacity to provide services for multiple children at one time. This will optimize the amount of time we spend at a school and allow half Helen to reach even more children over the course of the school year.
Austin Achieve has worked with Half Helen for the past six years. The impact of the program is evident every single day. Scholars that receive glasses often see immediate improvements, not only academically, but emotionally as well. For example, we’ve seen student reading levels and their love for reading increase as a result of access to screenings and glasses. Our scholars, teachers, and families love our partnership with Half Helen!