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
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:
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 provided 130 flu vaccinations at no cost 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 (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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