The Blindness Prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy in Mexican Immigrant Communities: Engaging Patients in Preventative Care demonstration project was brought forth by the UC-Mexico Initiative, Health Working Group (HWG). The project was conducted in a rural area (Fresno consular jurisdiction) and in an urban area (San Francisco consular jurisdiction). The target population was low-income Mexican consular visitors who self-identified as having diabetes (DM) and who voluntarily agree to be screened and commit to follow-up with an eye physician for treatment, if necessary .
After a full year of implementing the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) demonstration program preliminary results culminating this first phase were presented in a Binational Symposium held at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health on October 15th. With our collaborating partners of the Institute of Ophthalmology Foundation Conde de Valenciana in Mexico, UC Berkeley School of Optometry, and the Mexican Consulates of Fresno and San Francisco we were honored to report having screened hundreds of patients.
To learn more about the demonstration project please see below.