New health service frames students
By Wendy Mills

Wanted: Eyeglasses for participation in a medical program sponsored by the Modesto Junior College Health Services Department. Applicants will not be discriminated for lack of luster, chipped edges or lost lenses; however, cute and funky frames are encouraged.

The MJC Health Services Department has a variety of programs to assist students with their individual medical needs. The “Health Services Partnership’ is one such program, which is geared toward students who may not have medical insurance and cannot afford to pay for dental and optometrist costs on their own. Through limited funding , the program is able to provide money for initial dental and vision exams for students, as well as supply used frames for students needing eyeglasses. While the program was the initial brainchild of Brenda Freitas, a former MJC Health Services Technician, Emmaline Rippe steadfastly pursued the idea until it came to fruition.

“The Health Services Partnership was started with the intention of providing qualifying students with much needed emergency vision and dental care,” asserts Rippe, 65, MJC nurse. “We hope to bring this program, and others, to the attention of students and the MJC community as a whole.”

Currently the program consists of two optometrists, and Health Services staff members are actively working to find a dentist.

Donations of eyeglass frames are needed to restock the dwindling supply the program already has on hand. Glasses can be dropped off at the Health Services office in Morris Building Room 108 on the MJC East Campus.

For more information about the ‘Health Services Partnership Program,” and other programs provided by the Health Services Department at MJC, please contact Coordinator of Health Services Hilda Sielicki at 575-6037 or at