Apply for a grant. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is accepting applications for local vaccination programs. Grants of $500 to $1,500 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 immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults. Grant proposals are due March 1 and Oct. 1.
If you need help planning your 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.
Publicize your event using this sample news release.
In March, the TMA Foundation approved grants to these projects in support of the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Program:
Clinic in Cuero: The clinic will educate senior citizens about the importance of a
shingles vaccination and give a free vaccination to a few lucky patients. This
is the first Be Wise event for TMA member Michael McLeod, MD,
and his clinic’s staff, which includes TMA member Jennifer Gonzales, MD.
Health Services: The first Be Wise event in Presidio County will vaccinate elderly
residents against bacterial pneumonia and flu. Clinic physician and TMA member Adrian
Billings, MD, PhD, will participate.
Stephen F. Austin
State University Student Health Services: The first Be Wise
event in Nacogdoches will provide free flu vaccinations for college students.
TMA member Penny Jeffery, MD, is director of health
University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine TMA chapter: Medical students
will add pertussis vaccinations to a flu shot clinic at the Lubbock IMPACT/TTUHSC
The University of
North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine TMA
chapter: Students will provide flu shots for students on the campuses of
two Fort Worth elementary schools.
These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants grants were approved in 2012:
McLennan County Medical Society (CMS): Get Healthy McLennan County, a health fair sponsored by the CMS, included the society’s first Be Wise vaccination clinic.
Medina Healthcare System: The first Be Wise event in Medina County was a free flu shot clinic for health care workers and their families.
Nueces CMS Alliance: The alliance will provide free vaccinations to local children as they prepare for school in August at the 2013 Nueces County Medical Society Health Fair.
Taylor-Jones-Haskell-Callahan CMS Alliance: The alliance expanded Don’t Wait to Vaccinate!, its high-school meningococcal vaccination project.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center medical student chapter: Texas Tech medical students expanded their successful Fight the Flu Immunization clinic for uninsured Lubbock residents.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine medical student chapter: Students provided flu vaccinations to uninsured, elderly Hispanic residents in Fort Worth.
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