These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved in 2013:
Centro San Vicente in El Paso: Centro San Vicente, a federally qualified health center, provided bacterial pneumonia vaccinations at no cost to uninsured, at-risk adults in El Paso County. Clinic physician and TMA member Jose Luna Jr., MD, participated.
Heritage Park Surgical Hospital: The first Be Wise event in Grayson County vaccinated adults age 65 and older 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, participated.
Love to Share Foundation America: The first Be Wise event in Brazoria County provided flu vaccinations for 150 children and adults. The vaccinations, offered at no cost, were among a variety of services offered at the organization’s fall health fair. TMA members Lekshmi Nair, MD, and Hema Salvady, MD, participated in the annual event.
Parkside Family Clinic in Cuero: The clinic educated senior citizens about the importance of a shingles vaccination and gave a free vaccination to three patients. This was 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 vaccinated 15 elderly residents against bacterial pneumonia. Clinic physician and TMA member Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, participated.
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 gave 80 flu shots and 25 pertussis vaccinations during events at the Lubbock Impact/TTUHSC Free Clinic.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine TMA chapter: Students provided 100 flu shots for students on the campuses of two Fort Worth elementary schools.
The University of Texas at Houston Medical School TMA chapter: Students provided 200 flu vaccinations at no cost to children and adults at a church’s free fair in an ethnically diverse, low-income area of Houston.
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