The study design is a randomized intervention evaluation. Ten senior centers in
predominately African American communities in the Birmingham, Alabama will be selected as
sites for the educational intervention. Five centers will be randomly assigned to receive an
educational intervention communicating practical information about vision, eye conditions
and eye care as pertinent to the older African American population. The other five centers
will serve as social-contact controls, where participants will receive an engaging
information session on a non-health related topic. The primary outcome of interest is the
change in percentage of persons receiving comprehensive eye care from pre- to post-
intervention. The secondary outcomes are the process outcomes of improvement in knowledge,
attitudes, and values about vision, eye conditions, and eye care.
- African Americans ages >=60 years residing in the communities targeted for
intervention or control activities
- Persons who do not speak English, persons who are not community-dwelling.