Seeing Is Believing: Eye Care Comes to West Oakland Health Clinic


A strong partnership between the West Oakland Health Council and UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry will now bring eye care to West Oakland residents.

On Monday, August 28th, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be hosted at WOHC, 700 Adeline St., to mark the opening of the new West Oakland Health Council’s Optometry Department.

Ceremony participants will include Mayor Libby Schaaf; Rebecca Gebhart, Interim Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; Jain Thapa, Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee; representatives of the Office of Supervisor Keith Carson; Benjamin F. Pettus, CEO, WOHC; Dr. John Flanagan, UC Berkeley Dean of School of Optometry; and, Dr.

Christina Wilmer, UC Berkeley Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, School of Optometry.

The WOHC was founded in 1968 by four African American women who sought to provide affordable, accessible, and culturally appropriate health care services for West Oakland’s African-American community. The four founding women were soon joined by community activists and together forged broad support for one of the first federally funded community health centers on the West Coast. WOHC has provided over 2 million clinic visits over 50 years, at times employing 300 local residents.

WOHC is a nonprofit community health center with four sites providing primary care, women, children, and infant care, behavioral health, substance abuse recovery services and an oral health program to residents of West, North and East Oakland, Emeryville and Southwest Berkeley.

For more information about WOHC’s new Optometry Department,  contact Sara Ying Rounsaville at 415-300-5121.


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