Salud a la Vista

Implementing an eye disease screening program in Milwaukee

Full Project Name:Salud a la Vista: Mobile TeleEye Health (mTEH)Primary Community Organization:United Community CenterPrimary Academic Partner:Judy E. Kim, MD, OphthalmologyAward Amount:$268,393
Award Date
January2017
Project Duration:30 months

Project Description Narrative:


According to data from the 2010 United States Census, the Latino population has a 12.8% diabetes prevalence rate. In Milwaukee, more than 13,000 Latinos have diabetes, and an additional 39,000 are living with pre-diabetes. To improve health outcomes among Latino residents in southeastern Wisconsin, project partners plan to implement a new, sustainable eye disease screening system in the community using mobile teleophthalmology that has shown it can detect early signs of diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Community partners:
City of Milwaukee Health Department, Carroll University, Marquette University

Project Updates:


• Trained over 20 staff to perform retinal screenings using retinal photographs

• Created health and IT workforce development opportunities by facilitating volunteer or internship placements and part-time employment opportunities for students from Carroll University health sciences programs, UW-Milwaukee Nursing programs, UW-Parkside health programs, and Marquette computer science programs as well as students within AmeriCorps and the Medical College of Wisconsin

• Reached more than 920 clients at more than 40 community and clinic events through the City of Milwaukee Health Department

• Project partners have leveraged over $80,000

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