The Eye & Ear Foundation supports the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in advancing care to impact how people hear, see, and live. We also understand that access to care is necessary to ensure this care is available to all. This means also supporting efforts to combat social determinants of health barriers to care.

Social, cultural, and economic conditions challenge the ability of health providers to bring the best medical care to all our citizens. The Eye & Ear Foundation formed a Community Outreach Committee to meet that challenge. Led by Chair, Nancy Washington, PhD, the Committee is comprised of EEF Board Members and community leaders. Its mission is to support the initiatives of the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh which provide health care and related services to the medically underserved communities of our region with a view to eliminating disparities in healthcare.

This newly formed Community Outreach Committee has spent its first-year interviewing, examining, and learning about the programs that are currently being directed by the Departments, the closely related nonprofit organizations doing work in the field, and the strengths and resilience of the communities we wish to serve. Our goal is to work with our community to eliminate the disparities that disadvantage us all.