We are working at the state and national level to educate policy-makers about the importance of integrating health services in a holistic way into our schools. Through our advocacy efforts, we are working to expand the Coordinated Care to the Whole Child model to other communities, as well as to secure additional funding support for long-term sustainability. It is heartbreaking to imagine what a school day must be like for a child with an unidentified vision issue. From the very beginning of his education or from the onset of his vision problems, he may try his best in school, but he just doesn’t understand the material like the other children.He doesn’t know he can’t see the board—he just knows that the other children are smarter than he is. And perhaps he gets bored because he can’t participate. Then he begins to get off task and create distractions. Now, not only is he not smart, but he’s also a behavior problem. Now, imagine this child growing older and older, falling farther and farther behind.It’s not too hard to imagine where this child ends up, because we see it in the newspaper when we read about the latest crime incident in our city. This child fails out of school, can’t get a job, and has no sense of self-worth or self-respect. His options are highly limited, and he’s probably severely frustrated. He is the next front-page story. And all of this because no one knew he needed a pair of glasses. This is the need that HEAL works to address with its Coordinated Care for the Whole Child Program.