Healthy Eyes Alliance
129 Church Street
Suite 820
New Haven CT 06510-2005
Contact Information
Address 129 Church Street
Suite 820
New Haven, CT 06510-2005
Telephone (800) 850-2020 x
Fax 203-772-4691
E-mail info@healthyeyesalliance.org
Web and Social Media
CT program Manager Screening a Child
Mission

Healthy Eyes Alliance mission is to prevent vision loss and promote healthy eyes.

 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1952
Former Names
Prevent Blindness Tristate
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kathryn Garre-Ayars
Board Chair Ather Williams Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation On Point Consultant & Coaching, LLC
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $454,300.00
Projected Expenses $442,926.00
Statements
Mission

Healthy Eyes Alliance mission is to prevent vision loss and promote healthy eyes.

 

Background

Historically, HEA's roots go back to its founding in Manhattan, in 1908, under the name of The National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. With 4 staff members and over 200 volunteers our programs are focused on the prevention of blindness through free and innovative vision screenings and follow-up.

Impact

Healthy Eyes for Preschoolers (age 3-to-5 years)- HEA works to reach out to the low-income children by providing free, certified vision screenings, and free exams and glasses. Coupled with timely referral and follow up, the goal is to prevent permanent vision loss, blindness or learning difficulties in young children at risk and get them “ready to SEE and learn”.   Services are provided throughout Connecticut in cities such as New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, Bridgeport and New London. PBTS serves preschool children at Head Start and School Readiness facilities; and has also expanded to serve children attending libraries and homeless shelters in low-income communities of Connecticut. Some preschool children do not have the communication skills to perform traditional vision screening methods, such as acuity charts and Stereopsis screening tools. HEA will meet the needs of all children employing the Welch-Allyn SureSight Vision Screener 14000. The SureSight vision screenings eliminates any language barriers that previously have been a significant factor in the screening process for the preschool staff. Also, shy children, children with attention deficits and children with special needs may also be screened because the SureSight Vision Screener does not require a verbal response from the child and it is quick and fun.

 Over 10,000 preschool children were served last fiscal year (April 1, 20011-March 31, 2012).

Sight For Students (children up to 18-years-of-age) -HEA provides vouchers for free eye exams and glasses for qualified at-risk children through a program sponsored by Vision Service Plan, the nation’s oldest vision care plan. 

OneSight Program -All children and adults who qualify can apply to the OneSight Program for vouchers for free glasses that can be utilized at any participating LensCrafters, Sears Optical, Target Optical, or select Pearle Vision locations. 

WorkSight (employees of all ages) -HEA and its Board of Directors, Eye Safety and Wellness Council, and OSHA Alliance members work directly with employers and employees in companies region-wide in order to promote eye safety and eye health in the workplace.

Eye on Your Vision (adults over 40 years-of-age) -HEA has identified adults 40 and over as a target audience to appeal to through public education forums, routine, free vision screenings at community centers and health fairs, the distribution of educational materials, both printed and electronic, and advocacy at the state and national levels. 

 

Needs

Funding to continue and expand our children vision screening program, adult vision screening program, health fair educational opportunities, and Public Relations and communications efforts, including a display to bring to the health fair; and volunteers to help in the office and with special events and fundraising initiatives and begin new chapters throughout the area.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Secondary Organization Category Health Care /
Tertiary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other

New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Programs
Description (age 3-to-5 years)- HEA works to reach out to the low-income children by providing free, certified vision screenings, and free exams and glasses. Coupled with timely referral and follow up, the goal is to prevent permanent vision loss, blindness or learning difficulties in young children at risk and get them “ready to SEE and learn”.   Services are provided throughout Connecticut in cities such as New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, Bridgeport and New London. HEA serves preschool children at Head Start and School Readiness facilities; and has expanded to serve children attending libraries and homeless shelters in low-income communities of Connecticut.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Healthy Eyes Alliance screeners will use the state-of-the-art SureSight Vision Screener for all children on the day of the screening. (While a child is sitting 35 cm from the screener, the SureSight emits a beam of light. The SureSight sensors read the eye’s response by measuring how that beam of light changes when it enters that eye, which takes only 5 seconds to complete. This device then uses this information to calculate the probability of a refractive (focusing) error.) Childcare facility staff will be trained, as requested, to vision screen those children that were absent for the screening, and new enrollees, using the following methods:

i. The visual acuity test consists of a child friendly symbol chart called the Lea Chart, which measures the child’s ability to see objects at a distance.

ii. The stereopsis test, which consists of 3-dimensional flashcards and specialized glasses, measures a child’s depth perception ability.

On average  
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Parent/guardians will receive a form with their children’s results. Healthy Eyes Alliance provides the result form in both English and Spanish. Parents/guardians of children who do not pass will be instructed to take the child for a complete eye exam by an eye care professional as soon as possible after notification. The Site Liaison is also provided with eye health brochures to disseminate to the parents. 
 

HEA will work directly with the site liaison of each preschool we screen to facilitate parent/guardian follow-up. We will encourage the Site Liaison to follow up with the parent/guardian to ensure that the complete eye exam is obtained within 60 days of the referral and that within 30 days after the complete eye exam, the prescribe treatment is being followed. When necessary, the HEA Program Manager willcontactthe parents to encourage them to bring their child for a complete eye exam. The site liaison will determine whether or not the parent/guardians of the children referred are experiencing difficulties in receiving eye care. We will work together to resolve these issues with the goal of having these children receive eye exams after a failed screening

 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Our staff and leadership volunteers will monitor the success of this project on an ongoing basis. This vital project will be considered successful if:

1. To provide preschool children from communities, including low-income,  with vision screening. 

2. Referral and follow up services are provided for children who do not pass screening criteria to encourage them to schedule eye exams within 60 days of referral. 

3. HEA staff follows up with Site Liaison at the preschool within 30 days after professional eye care is received, to assess that prescribed treatment is being followed. 

4. Any child in need of eye care receives access to free or low-cost eye care.

5. Programmatic findings are reported within 12 months after funding is received and at any other time that a report is requested.

6. A resource will be created that will be able to assist site liaisons and parents to locate eye care professionals within the community for the children in need of eye care services.

7. Programmatic statistical data is tracked in the Healthy Eyes Alliance database.

8. Other funding sources to support the continuation and expansion of this project are actively pursued.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
We screen thousands of pre-school children yearly and have a high success record of screening success. 15% of the kids we screen fail the screening which means that it is necessary for them to recieve further care. With 80% of what a child learns being visual, it is crucial for us to make sure that children continue to be screened.
Description

Sight For Students (children up to 18-years-of-age) -HEA provides vouchers for free eye exams and glasses for qualified at-risk children through a program sponsored by Vision Service Plan. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The program short term success is based on the number of individuals who are interested and actively seeking to receive the vouchers available to them in order to receive glasses or further eye care.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The long term success is based on the number of individuals who have recieved eye glasses and how the program has helped in receving eye care assistance.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
A measurement on how well the program is working is based on the number of vouchers issued to those that are eligable to receive the.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
We have many people who have recieved vouchers in order to receive free eye exams and glasses. Over the past year, we have had 172 students take advantage of the opportunity.
Description

 WorkSight (employees of all ages) - HEA and its Board of Directors, Eye Safety and Wellness Council, and OSHA Alliance members work directly with employers and employees in companies region-wide in order to promote eye safety and eye health in the workplace. HEA conducts screenings and distributes eye health information at employee health fairs and training seminars.

 

Population Served Adults / Females / Males
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The short term success of the program is based on the number of employees and employers who are involved in the screening program.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The long-term success of the program is based on both employers and employeess who work in a safe environment as a result of being screened.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The program sucess is monitered by follow-up and evaluations.
Description

Eye on Your Vision (adults over 40 years-of-age) –  Vision impairment is one of the leading causes of disability and loss of independence among older adults. What many adults do not realize is that vision loss, due to eye disease, may not be noticed until it is too late and, often times, once vision loss has occurred the damage is irreversible as in the case of glaucoma and macular-degeneration. HEA has identified adults 40 and over as a target audience to appeal to through public education forums, routine, free vision screenings at community centers and health fairs, distributing educational materials, both printed and electronic, and advocacy. 

 

Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Adults / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The programs short term success is based on the number of adults, 40 and over, who are participating in the vision screening.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The programs long-term success is based on the number of adults, 40 and over, who are benefiting from the vision screening provided by HEA through further eye care if necessary.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The program success is monitered by evaluations and follow-up where possible in order to determine the value of the program and to identify if individuals are receiving the full circle of care through folllow-up.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
HEA has screened 231 adults through our eye on your vision program.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
We are always facing a demand for our program work. We receive letters from key staff at Community Health Centers in the tri-state area stating how important it is to continue to provide our programs. HEA is addressing this demand through a strategic plan meant to increase funding in order to provide our programs to more communities.  
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Kathryn Garre-Ayars
Term Start July 2006
Email kgayars@healthyeyesalliance.org
Experience
The CEO has been leading the organization full time since 2006 and has overseen the restructure of the organization.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 7
Staff Retention Rate 96%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mr. Steven Petterson - July 2006
Board Chair
Ather Williams Jr.
Company Affiliation On Point Consultant & Coaching, LLC
Term Mar 2008 to Oct 2014
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
David Cosenza O.D.
Joseph Ferro M.D.Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
Kathryn Garre-Ayars Healthy Eyes Alliance
Andrew Levada M.DOpthalmic Surgeon Associates
Jill Mitchell Mitchell Auto Group
Jennifer A. Moreland-Tomlinson Literacy and Life
John Reynolds Consultant
George Shafronov M.D.George Shafranov MD, LLC
Michael Tate State of New York Medical Investigator
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Board Co-Chair
John Reynolds
Term Mar 2012 to Oct 2014
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Investment
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments
Healthy Eyes Alliance is planning a Board Retreat in order to engage current board members in board development and fundraising. Additionally, reaffirm their commitments to our strategic plan and mission statement.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2014
Fiscal Year End July 31 2015
Projected Revenue $454,300.00
Projected Expenses $442,926.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Documents
Audit Documents
PBTS Audit2009
PBTS Audit2008
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$317,217$436,137$734,882
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions--$32,358$29,553
------
$17,940$22,991$19,556
Investment Income, Net of Losses$554$2,001$1,385
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other----$5,219
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$311,923$702,515$556,618
Administration Expense$34,661$54,315$69,135
Fundraising Expense--$8,186$27,845
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.651.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$272,051$1,202,418$1,163,141
Current Assets$113,913$182,217$256,825
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$10,925$443,986$127,706
Total Net Assets$261,126$758,432$1,035,435
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWerth Family Foundation $52,500 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Hearst Foundation $50,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKraft Trust $32,625 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.430.412.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address 129 Church Street
Suite 820
New Haven, CT 065102005
Primary Phone 800 850-2020
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kathryn Garre-Ayars
Board Chair Ather Williams Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation On Point Consultant & Coaching, LLC

 

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