Midwestern University has received a $100,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for the Arizona College of Optometry’s Vision Medical Assistance Program.
The grant, awarded from the trust’s “Helping People in Need” focus area, will help provide low-income individuals with examinations, treatments and vision correction at the Midwestern University Eye Institute.
Under the Vision Medical Assistance Program, Arizona College of Optometry faculty and students will perform a complete ocular examination and will provide eyeglasses, single vision, bifocal, trifocal, progressive or contact lenses dependent upon need. Patients will be treated and taught how to manage identified chronic eye problems and will receive necessary therapy for debilitated vision-related conditions. In addition to providing essential vision services to the underserved, the program will also enhance optometry student clinical training and education at the Eye Institute.
“The Vision Medical Assistance Program’s goal aligns with the University’s mission to serve the needs of society by developing tomorrow’s health care team, involving ourselves in the community, and fostering partnerships that invest in the growth and development of our state,” said Dr. Kathleen H. Goeppinger, president and CEO of Midwestern University. “We are deeply grateful to the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for their generosity and faith in our community health care programs.”
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is named for Nina Mason Pulliam (1906-97), a journalist, a business leader and humanitarian. The trust has granted over $335 million in Arizona and Indiana since 1998.
Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate educational institution specializing in the health sciences with 12 colleges located on two campuses.
The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,900 students. For more information, visit midwestern.edu.