This past Saturday I had the opportunity to be part of the Glasses for Kids Program offered by the Flaum Eye Institute and work with them on a trial phase use of the COMET database. I went into the morning not knowing what to expect; my only understanding of the program was the notes that I had taken at our monthly meetings and the setup that we'd done internally for their database. I must say, I was completely blown away! The program was a well-oiled machine, from the in-take services to the vision screening, ultimately resulting in children being fitted for their own pair of glasses.
Here at COMET we’re lucky to have a not-for-profit partner who understands all the ins and outs of program evaluation. Children’s Institute (CI) evaluates their own programs regularly to make sure they’re effective and keeping up with best practices. They also work with many organizations in the Rochester community as an independent evaluator for their programs. Many of those organizations are also COMET customers, utilizing our system to collect the data used in their evaluations.
As a new year approaches, it's a good time to reflect and plan. We asked COMET staff what they hope to accomplish in 2018. We asked for big, lofty goals, or small things like 'keep my email inbox organized'. Here's what they said:
The past few months have been busy for COMET with lots of new faces, new places and new projects. One of the highlights was our presentation to the Adirondack Foundation's Birth to Three (BT3) Alliance at their annual meeting back in May. We gave an overview of our project with Chemung County and Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Developmental Services (CIDS) as they work to create a database of the children in their county beginning as soon as they’re born with a newborn registration completed at the local hospital.
Guess what happened on June 26, 1974? The first product with a bar code was scanned at a check-out counter, it was a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Patented in 1952, the barcode took about 50 years to become commercially viable, including advances in standardized formats and scanner systems, and boy has barcode scanning sped up getting our groceries, library books and clothes home, safe and sound.
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