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 $2,000 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 October, the TMA Foundation approved grants to these projects in support of the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program: 

Centro San Vicente in El Paso: Centro San Vicente, a federally qualified health center, will provide flu vaccinations at no cost to uninsured, at-risk adults in El Paso County. The two flu clinics will target residents in some of the poorest neighborhoods along the U.S.-Mexico border. Clinic physician and TMA member Jose Luna Jr., MD, will participate.

Heritage Park Surgical Hospital: The first Be Wise event in Grayson County will vaccinate adults over age 65 who are at risk for bacterial pneumonia, a cause of potentially preventable hospitalizations. Grayson County has a rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations from bacterial pneumonia that is 25 percent to 50 percent higher than the state average. Hospital physician and TMA member Timothy Parker, MD, will participate.

Love to Share Foundation America: The first Be Wise event in Brazoria County will vaccinate children and adults against the flu. The vaccinations, offered at no cost, will be among a variety of services offered at the organization’s fall health fair. TMA members Lekshmi Nair, MD, and Hema Salvady, MD, participate in the annual event.

The University of Texas at Houston Medical School TMA Chapter: Students will provide flu vaccinations at no cost to children and adults at a church’s free fair in an ethnically diverse, low-income area of Houston.

In March, these Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved: 

 Parkside Family 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.

Presidio County 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 provided 130 flu vaccinations at no cost for college students. TMA member Penny Jeffery, MD, is director of health services. 

Texas Tech 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 Free Clinic.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TOMA) TMA chapter: Students will provide flu shots for students on the campuses of two Fort Worth elementary schools.

View the 2012 Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants Recipients


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