Bacterial pneumonia is the second-leading cause of potentially preventable hospitalizations in Texas. TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM Local Impact Grants can help counties with high rates of the disease to improve this statistic — or meet other vaccination needs — with local vaccination events.
TMA offers grants of up to $2,500 through Be Wise — Immunize to TMA member-physician practices/clinics, county medical societies (CMSs), TMA Alliance chapters, and medical student chapters. The funds can support shot clinics to vaccinate children, adolescents, and/or adults; any recommended vaccination — including bacterial pneumonia — is eligible. Be Wise — Immunize is accepting applications until July 1.
Only congestive heart failure lands more people in the hospital than bacterial pneumonia, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS') list of the top 10 causes of preventable hospitalizations. Combined, these two illnesses account for nearly half of admissions (43.9 percent) and costs (48.2 percent, or $20 billion) for potentially preventable hospitalizations. DSHS has identified counties with high rates of bacterial pneumonia. Many are clustered in East Texas and South Texas.
Local Impact Grant applicants should submit a proposal at least four months before a project is scheduled to begin, and grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds. Now is the time to apply if you want to provide flu or other vaccinations, such as bacterial pneumonia, this fall. TMA will accept applications again on Nov. 1 for shot clinics in early 2017.
To plan your free or low-cost 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 or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470.
TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through Be Wise — Immunize. More than 300,000 shots have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004.
Be Wise – Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians, medical students and the TMA Alliance. It is funded by the TMA Foundation in 2016 thanks to major gifts from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with generous contributions from physicians and their families.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Action, June 1, 2016