In the News: 2008 Medical Community Grants Awarded

Grants Support Wide Range of Health Programs

The TMA Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved $22,000 to support health improvement initiatives for five county society and alliance and medical student chapter health programs.

The grants under the foundation's 2008 Medical Community Grants Program support programs ranging from providing immunizations to Texas children, preventing child injury in car accidents through education and distribution of safety seats, and eliminating unnecessary pediatric emergency room visits by providing an educational booklet.

Winners of the community grants are:

Boosting Child Safety; Lamar Delta County Medical Alliance
Child car safety seat use has been well-documented to reduce injury and deaths in children during car accidents.  This community is rural and fairly impoverished, thus the alliance organization aims to prevent child injury in car accidents through educating parents and educators on the importance of safety seat use, as well as distributing safety seats to families that could not otherwise afford this safety equipment.

Health Circus; Texas A&M HSC-COM TMA Student Chapter
Health Circus seeks to provide immunizations to children of the Brazos Valley and provide health education to children and parents.  Well child check-ups, glucose checks, and blood pressure checks are performed by medical student volunteers. Community agencies provide information to parents about area services.

Immunization Project; Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation, Inc
The Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation partners with Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) by providing funding, volunteers and leadership to implement ICTC strategic plan goals. The goals are:  1) increase the immunization rates by 5 percent a year for children 0-2 years old in 3 designated zip code projects; 2) increase participation in 20-23 days of annual back to school immunization events sponsored by ICTC during the month of August; 3) provide a consistent message on the importance of on time immunizations by using the Be Wise-Immunize logo and message on all ICTC education and promotional materials; and 4) advocate for improvements in ImmTrac so the state registry works for both state and local providers.

Project Access Replication / Feasibility Study; Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society
The specific issue addressed by the project is the lack of specialty care for low-income, uninsured families in the 22-county region known as the Big Country. To impact this service void and in partnership with the Medical Care Mission, the county society is in the very early stages of replicating Project Access. In brief, Project Access is a highly evolved referral network of specialists who volunteer their talents to treat low-income, uninsured patients.

Parental Education as a Means of Reducing Pediatric Emergency Room Abuse
Washington County Medical Society: The goal is to eliminate unnecessary pediatric emergency room visits by providing as many families as possible in Washington County with an educational tool that is usable, readable, and effective. The book would be provided to local physicians, ER facilities and Public Health offices.

For more information on the program see: How the Program Works or contact us at (800) 880-1300 ext. 1664


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