Eight Texas Communities Receive Vaccination Grants

June 1, 2015 

Eight communities across Texas will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving vaccinations, thanks to Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program.  The program awarded grants totaling nearly $18,000 to physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance chapters (comprising physicians and physicians’ spouses), who often partner with other local organizations to provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans.

TMA created the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program in 2012 to ensure Texans who are uninsured or underinsured, or who face other obstacles, receive needed immunizations. Since then, 40 grants totaling nearly $74,000 have been awarded to provide more than 2,000 vaccinations across the state. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF), TMA’s philanthropic arm.

“TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support these efforts because immunizations prevent serious diseases and help Texans live healthier lives,” said TMAF President Deborah A. Fuller, MD, a Dallas physician.

TMA recently awarded these grants:


  • Bexar County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance in San Antonio received $2,000 to provide flu vaccinations to local residents at the city’s Síclovía, an event that turns city streets into a safe area for exercise and play, in September. Medical students from the TMA chapter at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine will assist with the event. 

  • Fort Bend CMS Alliance received $2,500 to provide back-to-school vaccinations to Fort Bend Independent School District students at Title 1 campuses, schools with a high concentration of low-income students who receive federal funding. Title 1 campuses are determined by the number of students who are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. 

  • Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet County received $2,000 to provide flu vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured children and adolescents.
  • Christ’s Family Clinic received $1,900 to provide uninsured residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area flu vaccinations at a fall flu clinic.

  • Nueces CMS Alliance in Corpus Christi received $2,500 to provide incoming Del Mar College students meningococcal vaccinations required for college admission. The event, now in its second year of being funded by a TMA grant, targets low-income students who cannot afford this costly vaccination (approximately $150). 

  • Smith CMS Alliance received $2,500 to provide vaccinations against flu and other preventable childhood diseases to children at Tyler Day Nursery, and flu vaccinations to their parents and the child care workers. This is the second grant the alliance has received to provide vaccinations to the families of students at the nursery whose income is near or below the poverty line. 

  • Mercy Effect, a nonprofit organization to provide wellness initiatives in Tarrant County, received $2,500 to provide flu vaccinations to low-income Haltom City residents at a local health fair in October.  

  • TMA Chapter at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston received $2,000 to provide flu vaccinations for underserved minority adults and children at a church health fair in Houston.  


TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through its Be Wise — Immunize program. More than 277,000 shots have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004. TMAF funds the Be Wise program through generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, and gifts from physicians and their families.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

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