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TMAF Medical Community Grants - 2007

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The Texas Medical Association Foundation invites proposals from eligible applicants for a grant to fully or partially fund a project of a TMA county medical society or county alliance society, or medical student chapter that focuses on one of TMA's current public health or science priority areas; Public Health Advocacy and Resources, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Targeted Public Health Issues, Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making, and Clinical Advocacy.

In October 2007, the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees approved the following grants under its 2007 Medical Community Grants Program.

Bee Active Rio Grande Valley with Safety, Nutrition, and Exercise
Cameron-Willacy County Medical Alliance, Northern Chapter
This program will hold three one-day events at a local elementary school where children will be taught the benefits of exercise, good eating habits, and the importance of bike safety. The program also incorporates screening for diabetes and information concerning Tuberculosis for the parents attending. Portions of last year's event were filmed for use on a popular local television program, The Green Ghost.

Boosting Child Safety
Lamar Delta County Medical Alliance
This program aims to prevent child injury in car accidents by promoting proven, legally required aids to families and educators of preschool aged children. The alliance will use volunteers to provide education at preschools and four elementary schools reaching 5,000 students and their families, followed by a safety seat inspection and handout event.

TMAA/BCBS/Care Van Immunization Initiative
Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society Alliance
This project is a three-tiered program that 1) promotes healthy families through childhood immunizations ages 0 to 18 years of age, 2) presents obesity awareness and education to 450 students at Ortiz Elementary through the successful President's Challenge 3) utilizes the Vaccinate Before You Graduate program to encourage adolescent immunization.  The alliance has joined the Abilene Right Weigh Project coalition to encourage active family and community involvement in preventing obesity in children as well as adults. 

Run for Your Life
Smith County Medical Society Alliance
This project is a three week program of fitness and nutrition awareness now in its third year for the public school 6th graders of the Tyler ISD. The program culminates in an all middle school, family-friendly health fair with immunizations, information on healthy foods, and fitness presentations. The purpose of Run for Your Life is to make young people in Tyler more aware of exercise and good nutrition in order to prevent childhood obesity and decrease the amount of diseases that obese children (later obese adults) will develop: heart attacks, hypertension, stroke, adult onset diabetes, heart and kidney failure, and blindness.

Health Circus
Texas A&M HSC-COM TMA Student Chapter
This project is a medical student-run, traveling health fair that provides essential medical services and education to the residents of the Brazos Valley region. Immunizations for children, child well-checks, as well as blood pressure and diabetes checks for adults are provided in a fun, circus-themed atmosphere.

Immunization Project
Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation, Inc
The TCMS Alliance Foundation is a member of the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC).  The ICTC's purpose is to provide a collaboration of agencies and organizations, public and private, committed to providing the systematic eradication of childhood, vaccine-preventable diseases in Tarrant County.  The alliance provides funding and volunteers for ICTC to continue community immunization events in spring and summer for more than 5,000 children in Tarrant County; 2) the alliance works with ICTC to promote a consistent message in community education on immunizations by utilizing Be Wise - Immunize; 3) the alliance assists in finding funding and volunteers to ICTC for a special project to raise immunization rates of children 0-24 months through three targeted zip code projects of immunization outreach and education.

TMAF Medical Community Grants - 2006

In September 2006, the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees approved the following grants under its 2006 Medical Community Grants Program.

Be Active Rio Grande Valley with Safety, Nutrition, and Exercise
Cameron-Willacy County Medical Alliance, Northern Chapter
The objective of this project is to have children leave with more education and knowledge of diabetes, obesity, and physical fitness to influence positive lifestyle changes, while having fun. The project is planned to include not only Harlingen, but also the entire Rio Grande Valley. The program will incorporate elements from both Zerobesity and Hard Hats for Little Heads.

El Paso Physician
El Paso County Medical Society
This is a monthly live local program addressing community health needs by providing a panel of qualified physicians who introduce issues related to a specific health topic of local importance.  Physicians volunteer their time to plan, appear and direct the program.   This program has been on KCOS-TV El Paso's public television station for three years running.

KidsFest 2007 Back to School Immunizations For Kids
Potter-Randall County Medical Alliance
The third annual KidsFest will be held in August 2007 as a part of America's Promise in Amarillo. The event strives to fulfill the five promises to children, including caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, marketable skills and opportunities to serve.  In 2006, KidsFest screened 273 children and gave 757 immunizations in addition to providing underserved children free school supplies, bike safety tips, free immunizations, food and fun as well as many other goods and services from over 70 local businesses and organizations. The 2007 program is anticipated to screen 25 percent more children.

Health Circus
Texas A&M HSC-COM TMA Student Chapter
Health Circus is a medical student-run, traveling health fair that provides essential medical services to the residents of the Brazos Valley region. It provides immunizations for children, well child checks, as well as blood pressure and diabetes checks from adults.  Health Circus was developed in 2002 by medical students at TAMUSHSC-COM to assist those that are without insurance or access to primary and dental care.

IMMUNINEZIP 2006-2007
Bexar County Medical Society
The goal of Immuninezip 2006-2007 is to produce 30-second English and Spanish television commercials. The hope is to enlist a well-known San Antonio Spurs basketball player as the spokesman for the commercials. The script will stress the importance of immunization for children that have not started kindergarten and especially children under the age of two. The BCBS Care Van will be featured as an easy access site for immunization.

Teddy Bear Check-up
Harris CMS Alliance/The Health Museum
The Museum's Teddy Bear Check-up aims to promote general health and wellness while using a fun interactive experience at the Museum to educate and aid in curbing childhood obesity. Visitors can bring their teddy bear, doll, or favorite friend to the Museum for a check-up. Museum educators and volunteers from the Harris County Medical Society Alliance will review the health of the visitor's favorite friend, check vital stats, and provide nutritional and educational tips.

Immunization Project
Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation, Inc
TCMS Alliance Foundation is now a member of the existing Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) and is involved in three projects with ICTC.  The ICTC's purpose is to provide a collaboration of agencies and organizations, public and private, committed to providing the systematic eradication of childhood, vaccine-preventable diseases in Tarrant County.  The three projects are: 1) the alliance will provide funding and volunteers for ICTC to continue or expand community immunization events in spring and summer of 2007 for more than 5,000 children in Tarrant County; 2) the alliance will work with ICTC to promote a consistent message in community education on immunizations by utilizing Be Wise - Immunize; 3) the alliance will assist in finding funding and volunteers to ICTC for a new project to raise immunization rates of children 0-24 months through three targeted zip code projects of immunization outreach and education.

Run for Your Life
Smith County Medical Society Alliance

The purpose of Run for Your Life is to make young people in Tyler more aware of exercise and good nutrition in order to prevent childhood obesity and decrease the amount of diseases that obese children (later obese adults) will get: heart attacks, hypertension, stroke, adult onset diabetes, heart and kidney failure, and blindness. The alliance conducted this program last year, and due to its popularity and timeliness as a public health concern, the alliance wants to bring Run for Your Life, a program to promote fitness and healthy food choices, back to the 6th graders of Tyler's public schools in 2006. The plan is to add fitness experts and PTA involvement in the three week project culminating in a health fair at the schools.

TMAA/BCBS/Care Van Immunization Initiative
Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society Alliance
This project is a continuation of what the alliance did in 2006; a two-tiered effort that promotes healthy families through childhood immunizations and draws attention to obesity awareness and education. The proposed outcome of this project is more than 1500 children and adolescents will be immunized over the course of the year while 400 students in 4th and 5th grades will continue to receive training in nutrition and exercise to combat childhood obesity. This is double the number immunized in 2006.

 TMAF Medical Community Grants - 2005

In May and September 2005, the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees approved the following grants under its 2005 Medical Community Grants Program.

Physician Practice Tools for Preventing and Treating Childhood Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome
The Nueces County Medical Society
This project assists physicians with decreasing and treating childhood obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in children by 1) distributing to physicians the booklet "SDM Detection and Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents" and "Parenting Suggestions for Raising Healthy Children," and 2) distributing two handouts, "Acanthosis Nigricans and Insulin Resistance" and "Parenting Healthy Children," and the video "Acanthosis Nigricans and Insulin Resistance" to be viewed by patients and their parents during their doctor visits.

Health Circus
Texas A&M Health Science Center TMA Student Chapter
The Texas A&M Health Science Center Medical Student Chapter's Health Circus travels to underserved areas in the seven county Brazos Valley, providing free health services such as well child exams, dental screenings, and immunizations.

Be Wise - Immunize of Walker County
Tri-County Medical Society

The TMA Be Wise - Immunize campaign was initiated by the Tri-County Medical Society in the Walker County community and surrounding counties to alleviate the gaps and weakness in local immunization rates.  Currently in Walker County there are 400+ school-aged children behind on immunizations and the number of infants not immunized continues to rise.  These rates continue to climb as a result of state cutbacks in funding affecting public health care staffing and patients' inability to afford immunizations.

Be Wise - Immunize Dallas Community Health Check
Dallas County Medical Society Alliance
The Community Health Check program consists of a weeklong series of immunization clinics in Dallas County in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Care Van.  It focuses on bringing together comm87unity partners to target uninsured and under-immunized children and their families with healthy living messages and activities, including bicycle safety and prevention of obesity through exercise and better food choices.

IMMUNINEZIP 2006
Bexar County Medical Society
The Bexar County immunization rate is 79.1 percent. The nine San Antonio zip codes being targeted have immunization rates of less than 65 percent.  The program will consist of a health and immunization fair with many health promotion activities.  The activities will be attractive to adults, which will be an incentive for whole families to come out to the event with their children. Children immunized at the event will be registered in the San Antonio Immunization Registry system and registration in IMMTRACK will be encouraged.

Run for Your Life
Smith County Medical Society Alliance
In an effort to offer alternatives to the lifestyles causing increasingly obese children, Run for Your Life will engage and challenge students (6th grade) in recording daily physical activity and healthy nutrition choices for a six week period and reward the students and schools showing the most success. The event will culminate in a one mile fun run and health fair where awards will be presented.

Immunization Project
Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation, Inc
TCMS Alliance Foundation is now a member of the existing Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) and is involved in three projects with ICTC.  The ICTC's purpose is to provide a collaboration of agencies and organizations, public and private, committed to providing the systematic eradication of childhood, vaccine-preventable diseases in Tarrant County.  The alliance will provide funding and volunteers for ICTC to continue or expand community immunization events in spring and summer of 2006 for 3,500 to 4,000 children in Tarrant County.  The alliance will work with ICTC to promote a consistent message in community education on immunizations by utilizing Be Wise - Immunize. The alliance also will assist in finding funding and volunteers to ICTC for a new project to raise immunization rates of children 0-24 months through three targeted zip code projects of immunization outreach and education.

Building Healthy Families in Abilene and Surrounding Communities Through Immunizations and Obesity Awareness
Taylor-Jones-Haskell Medical Society Alliance
In 2004, the Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society Alliance began building a coalition in Abilene to address the immunization needs of children to tie in with the TMA Be Wise - Immunize initiative. The focus of this collaboration was to bring together immunization partners to target uninsured or under immunized children with special focus on adolescents. This project will provide access to low or no cost immunizations for uninsured and under insured children and adolescents while raising the awareness for the need for vaccinations. Targeted schools in the area also will participate in the "President's Challenge," a six-week program to improve the nutrition and fitness levels of children in the fourth and fifth grade levels.

Be Wise - Immunize Back-to-School Immunization Clinic
Travis County Medical Alliance
The Travis County Medical Alliance cosponsored two back-to-school immunization clinics with St. David's Foundation, People's Community Clinic, and Del Valle Children's Wellness Center. These clinics were held in August of 2005. This is a new collaboration and will strengthen immunization efforts in Travis County.

 

 

 

TMAF Medical Community Grants - 2004

In May and September 2004, the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees approved the following grants as part of the 2004 Medical Community Grants Program, which focuses on immunization projects.

Immunize and Energize
John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science will pilot the program Immunize and Energize in 2004 and 2005. This program aims to raise awareness in the greater Houston area of immunizations and other preventive health measures, with a primary focus on underserved populations. The program will consist of four public health fairs to be held at community sites. 

Health Fair and Bike Rodeo
Smith County Medical Society Alliance
Two TMA statewide campaigns, Be Wise - Immunize and Hard Hats for Little Heads, as well as American Medical Association projects will be promoted on at a local Health Fair and Bike Rodeo. The event also will feature health lectures, demonstrations, athletic activities, and a blood drive.

Health Circus
Texas A&M Health Science Center TMA Student Chapter
Health Circus comprises seven traveling health fairs that provide necessary services to the outer counties of the Brazos Region.  Activities include:

  • TexCare sign-up;
  • Immunizations/ImmTrac sign-up;
  • Healthy child, dental, developmental, blood glucose, and blood pressure screenings; and
  • Dissemination of information on child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, women's health, and other issues.

Be Wise - Immunize
Travis County Medical Society Alliance
This campaign is made up three major elements:

  • Immunization schedule reminder bibs for the Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department's Shots for Tots clients;
  • Immunization presentations to middle school students in conjunction with its ongoing Baby Think It Over program; and
  • An immunization event in southeastern Travis County.

Be Wise - Immunize, DFW
Dallas County Medical Society Alliance
This program consists of a public health fair held at a community site in an underserved area of Dallas County, along with satellite immunization events with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Care Van and other immunization providers in several additional neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in 2005. 

Be Wise - Immunize of Walker County
Tri-County Medical Society
The TMAF Be Wise - Immunize campaign was initiated by the Tri-County Medical Society in the Walker County community and surrounding counties to alleviate the gaps and weakness in local immunization rates. 

Immuninezip
Bexar County Medical Society
This 2005 project aims at conducting nine immunization fairs in targeted areas to immunize children, provide information to register with ImmTrac, distribute educational materials regarding access to health care, and provide incentives to complete the 4:3:1 immunization schedule.


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