RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision celebrated Giving Tuesday by making a $200,000 donation to the Direct Relief Fund for Health Equity as part of its commitment to increase diversity in optometry while removing barriers to vision care for people in need. The Fund for Health Equity, a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates globally, was established to increase access to health care and improve health outcomes for marginalized communities by funding organizations working to diversify the health care workforce, eliminate health disparities, and support digital health. Employees can also make a personal donation, and VSP Vision will match it at 200 percent.

VSP Vision chief marketing officer Wendy Hauteman said, “We've seen firsthand the barriers to eyecare experienced by many, especially those in marginalized communities. That's why we partner with VSP network doctors all year long to bring eyecare and eyewear where it's needed most, and we've been proud to partner on initiatives to increase diversity in optometry. Direct Relief shares our commitment to health equity, which is why we’re supporting them in creating positive health outcomes and diversifying the next generation of healthcare providers.”