UIW Faculty Accept Check To Promote East Side Development

walmart gift(Pictured L-R) Dr. Charles Connor, professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO); Dr. Tina Lopez. assistant professor, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP); Mabel Goldsmith, Walmart store manager; Ivy Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio – District 2; Terri Murphy-Sanchez, St. Philip’s College; and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of FSOP; accept a check for $75,000 from the Walmart Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the UIW Health Fair held at St. Philip’s College School of Health Professions. The grant will help fund health fairs, promote interprofessional education and to serve the Eastside community of San Antonio. The interprofessional education includes faculty and students from UIW optometry (Dr. Charles Connor), UIW nutrition (Dr. Joseph Bonilla), UIW nursing (Cynthia Richardson, Yvonne Davila), UIW pharmacy (Dr. Vanessa Phillips, Dr. Tina Lopez), St. Philip’s nursing (Melissa Arthur), and St. Philip’s medical laboratory (Terri Murphy-Sanchez).

source The Word E-News

Slide Show of East Side Clinic From Start to Finish

Recently I had a chance to visit our newest facility, the Bowden Eye Care & Health Center, on the East side of San Antonio and was able to take some photos.  Check out the slide show chronicling the start of the process all the way to the completion.  There is still a little ways to go, but the health center should be seeing patients as early as the end of May.


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Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Lamar Smith announce $1 million grant for University of the Incarnate Word

Federal funds will be used to buy equipment necessary for the School of Optometry

San Antonio, TX — Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Lamar Smith (R-TX-21), along with University of the Incarnate Word President (UIW) Dr. Lou Agnese, announced today that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the University of the Incarnate Word a $1 million federal grant for specialized optometric equipment to be used at the new UIW Eye Care and Health Institute in San Antonio’s Eastside.

“With just one private optometrist available to serve the Eastside of San Antonio, this clinic will not only provide necessary medical treatment to San Antonians, it will also give an opportunity for students to complete their medical practice requirements. The grant is helping to alleviate eleven percent of the total project cost – bringing taxpayer dollars back home for a project that is centered on serving the community,” said Congressman Cuellar.

This public facility will increase access to health care for residents of the inner city by providing professional eye care services to the community. UIW will construct a three-story, 30,000 square-foot clinic that will serve 25,000 patients yearly. When fully operational, the clinic will create and sustain an estimated 40 to 50 new jobs.

“There is a significant need for this facility in this part of San Antonio,” said Dr. Agnese. “Some of the diseases that can destroy vision such as diabetes and glaucoma are over-represented in areas like the Eastside.  So we’re very appreciative of the efforts of Congressmen Cuellar and Smith in making this critically-needed clinic a reality for San Antonio.”

Patients will be served by licensed eye care doctors and interns from UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry. In addition, UIW will partner with St. Philip’s College to assist in training students and increasing the number of nearby residents qualified to serve as ophthalmic technicians. Future doctors will also be able to train at the clinic and an estimated one-fourth of the 65 graduates yearly will remain in the area to practice.

“The new Eastside eye clinic will provide professional care to an underserved community in San Antonio and create jobs for medical professionals in the area.” Congressman Smith said. “Vision problems make it harder for kids to learn in school and eye infections, if left untreated, can lead to permanent vision loss. The clinic will help San Antonio residents get much-needed eye care regardless of their ability to pay. And this federal grant will ensure that the doors to the clinic open sooner and residents have access to eye care faster.”


Eddie Zavala, Communications Director
Rep. Henry Cuellar
Office: (956) 725-0639

Kim Smith, Communications Director
Rep. Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Comm.
Office: (202) 225-3951

University of the Incarnate Word
Rosenberg School of Optometry


Margaret Garcia
Associate Director of Public Relations
University of the Incarnate Word
Office: (210) 805-3689

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

The University of the Incarnate Word has started the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) this semester, and I am part of the first group of health professional students to participate in it.

There are a total of twenty UIW student volunteers that make up five groups.  Each group has one optometry student, one nursing student, one pharmacy student, one health administrative student, and one facilitator (faculty member).

IPECP is a two-semester learning experience.  This fall, students will learn about the competencies necessary to be a knowledgeable team member, including the values and ethics that undergrid the practice of each health profession, how roles and responsibilities differ across professions, what it means to be a team member, and the factors influencing effective, respectful communication that are integral to effective team functioning.

Next spring, students will provide care to patients in a primary care health center and learn that health professionals are in partnership with patients and share decision-making about care.  We will gain first-hand understanding about local healthcare needs and put into practice collaborative team-based care.

I am excited to be a part of this inaugural group, and I know that my experience with IPECP will make me a great clinician in the future.