As you know, the College’s multi-faceted mission focuses squarely on education, patient care and research. These vital elements are even embodied in the blue, red and gold colors in the rings of our logo. But there’s another aspect to the College’s mission that must also be remembered. Enhancing public health and providing service to a broad range of communities is a critical element to what we do and something that should be a point of pride for us all.
As we carry out our current strategic plan, the College is making great progress in each of the areas of our mission. We’re continuing to fine-tune our curriculum and offer our students a customizable, career-focused education that prepares them for the future. We’re continuing to generate greater support for and engage in more basic, translational and clinical research that is helping to shape the future of vision science. And we’re continuing to provide cutting-edge, life-changing care to more patients from across our region each and every year.
But our progress in carrying out our mission also extends to the service and care that we provide across our broad community. In addition to our long-standing Homebound program, our ongoing educational outreach and the countless screenings that we do each year for thousands of New Yorkers, we’ve recently been building what will undoubtedly become the foundation of a remarkable legacy of service to our city and our region. Soon our successful partnership with the Bowery Mission will be expanding into a new neighborhood were we’ll be poised to provide even more care to more people. Also, thanks to a new initiative by the United Federation of Teachers and the global vision care nonprofit OneSight, the College will be managing the care at two new vision centers at public schools in the city later this year. And, as you'll read about in this issue, thanks to a grant that we recently received from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we’ll be hiring a full time community outreach coordinator to assist in our ongoing effort to shape and expand our community involvement.
There is little question that we are expanding our impact within our community in important and valuable ways and I look forward to continuing to build on this significant aspect of our mission going forward.
David A. Heath, OD, EdM