Volunteering Our Services
Each of MBKUʼs core values is developed and strengthened when students volunteer their services to those in need. We understand that the best health care professionals are those that care for and empathize with their patients and their community, so we provide many of these opportunities for our students.
Community Screenings - Vision & Medical Screenings
We provide opportunities throughout the year for students to serve at community health and vision screenings for elementary schools, sports teams and large-scale clinics coordinated by other organizations.
Vision and physical health screenings involve basic tests to detect for potential conditions or diseases and if suspected, patients are recommended to see a doctor for a full examination. The screenings also allow students to practice educating patients and community members about preventative health measures.
For more than 20 years, MBKU students and faculty have played a huge part in providing vision screenings and other services to the athletes participating at the Special Olympics Southern California events. In 2015, more than 2,500 athletes with special needs from around the world received free vision care for the World Games in Los Angeles. To keep the athletes prepared for their training and competitions, free health screenings are made available during the games. Volunteer healthcare professionals and students provide screenings in the areas of optometry, podiatry, hearing, dental, dietary and fitness.
Care Harbor clinics are community-based events drawing on local health care institutions, agencies and volunteers to provided vision, medical and dental care to the underserved population. Each year, optometric interns, faculty and staff from SCCO provide free vision care services to thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients at the four-day event. At the 2015 clinic held in the LA Sports Arena, nearly 1,300 vision care patients were examined and 1,095 pairs of glasses were prescribed. Read more about Care Harbor.
Adventures in Science
MBKU collaborates with the Fullerton School District and Raytheon in hosting the Adventures in Science program. The program is held twice a year and is geared toward middle-school students with the common goal of introducing them to science-based careers. The program is open to 35 students, with the winners being selected from the science essays they submit.
The young students attend an orientation lecture introducing optometry and physician assistant programs, then move on to participate in hands-on labs taught by MBKU faculty and students across both programs. The program concludes with refreshments and an awards ceremony which includes parents.
Grace Miller Day
The School of PA Studies holds an annual community outreach event with Grace Miller Elementary in the fall. Students from the local elementary school, named for a local resident, Grace H. Miller, who dedicated her life to helping others, spend the day on MBKU’s campus learning about the human body. The experience provides them with hands-on activities to enhance their learning and gets them excited about the human body and health care professions.
PA students volunteer at stations dedicated to topics like vision, nutrition, heart health, lungs, bones and joints and the digestive system.