Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants

Apply for a grant. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is accepting applications for local vaccination programs. Grants of $500 to $2,500 are available to county medical societies (CMSs), TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics. Grants can fund new or expanded shot clinics, or coalition activity to vaccinate underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults Grant proposals are due March 1, July 1, and Nov. 1.

For help planning a vaccination event, check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide. For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. 

Preparing for Your Event
Local Impact Grant Checklist: Follow this step-by-step guide to planning your event.

Educational Materials/Merchandise Order Form (PDF): TMA’s one-stop shop to order your Be Wise promotional and educational materials, and giveaways for the kids, and to reserve our bee mascot costume.

Sample news release: Publicize your event using this sample news release.

Photo release forms: Children (English and Spanish), or adult (English and Spanish). Taking photos at your event is important. TMA can use these in our publications or you can send them to the newspaper for follow-up coverage of your event. Use this form to permission to photograph a child or adult. Without this form, a photograph cannot be reprinted.

Event Photography Tips: Use these tips to capture winning photos at your event.

Local Impact Grants Awarded
In October, the TMA Foundation approved grants to these projects in support of the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program: 

Arti Lal, MD, Austin, and Baylor Scott & White Avery Ranch Clinic: Children and adults received free flu vaccinations at a community health fair in November.

Cuero Community Hospital: Senior citizens will learn about the importance of being vaccinated against shingles, and some will receive a free vaccination. Drs. Deborah Aguilar, Daniel Dugi, Mark Heard, Raymond Reese, and Michael R. McLeod will participate in the project, which will extend beyond Cuero to Goliad, Kenedy, Nixon, and Yorktown.

Love to Share Foundation America: Brazoria County children and adults received free flu vaccinations, and senior citizens received bacterial pneumonia vaccinations at the Life and Soul Health Fair in November. TMA members Lekshmi Nair, MD, and Hema Salvady, MD, participate in the annual event.

Miguel A. Cavazos Jr. MD, and Pediatric Associates of Laredo: Children and adults will receive free flu vaccinations, and adults will receive Tdap vaccinations to protect them from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The event will be in collaboration with Texas A&M International University.

TMA Chapter at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine: Medical students will work with the Department of Public Health-City of El Paso to provide free vaccinations to children and adults in the Ysleta community at the RotaCare/Texas Tech Free Clinic.

TMA Chapter at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston: In collaboration with Harris Health System’s TroubleShooters immunization program, medical students will provide free vaccinations to children and adolescents in impoverished areas of Harris County.

In March, these grants were approved:

Jonathan E. MacClements, MD, and Northeast Texas Health District: A local vaccination coalition gave HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccinations to females aged 11-26. 

James A. Mobley, MD, Portland: Medical Arts Clinic of Portland, in conjunction with several community organizations, helped prevent pertussis in infants by vaccinating low-income parents and grandparents in the Coastal Bend area of Texas, where several infants died of pertussis in 2013. 

Sidney T. Robin, MD, Austin, and Passport Health: Passport Health provided adult vaccinations to a low-income, uninsured community in San Antonio. 

Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth: Low-income Haltom City residents received flu vaccinations at a local health fair in October. 

Penny E. Jeffery, MD, and Stephen F. Austin State (SFA) University Student Health Services: SFA expanded a 2013 flu clinic for college students. 

Nueces County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance: Del Mar College students were vaccinated against meningococcal disease, a requirement to attend college in Texas.

Smith CMS Alliance: The alliance protected childcare workers, parents, and children at a local day-care center against flu and other preventable childhood diseases. 

Williamson CMS Alliance: In conjunction with Georgetown Independent School District, the alliance will provide 500 flu vaccinations to families within the school district.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine TMA chapter: Underserved and uninsured women received needed vaccinations during a Women’s Health Day at the Lubbock Impact/TTUHSC Free Clinic.

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston TMA chapter: Families in Cameron County will receive flu vaccinations through Frontera de Salud Texas-Mexico Border Health Service Initiative.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine TMA chapter: Medical students vaccinated San Antonio residents at a local homeless shelter against the flu. 


View the 2013 Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Recipients   

View the 2012 Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Recipients  


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