Testimonials From Local Impact Grant Recipients

“TMA has been an ongoing collaborator and contributor to health in Lamar County. When we heard about the Be Wise — Immunize grants, it spurred us to create a great way to use that grant in our community. The Local Impact Grant support has allowed us to immunize 300-400 citizens over 4 hours in Paris, Texas, two years in a row. Our drive-through flu shot clinic would not exist without the TMA’s support, both financial and in their programming suggestions and help.”Amanda Green, MD, Lamar-Delta CMS

“The fact that TMA utilizes a portion of its budget to fund vaccination clinics in areas of need such as Presidio County is admirable and significant to me as a member and physician. My idea for this project grew out of data presented to me at the Presidio-Ojinaga Binational Health Council that meets regularly in Presidio. ... Not only was our influenza vaccination rate significantly below the state and national vaccination rates, but it was down-trending over the past several years. This inspired in me a resolve to attempt to turn the tide.” Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, Alpine

“Without the continuing grant money from TMA, I doubt we would be able to host the event (a health fair in Haltom City). It’s a wonderful event, well beyond the flu vaccines. The vaccines are the foundation of the event.” Stephen Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth

“South Texas Family Planning and Health Corporation said this is the largest and most successful vaccine event at Del Mar College (to provide meningococcal vaccination required for college admission). Del Mar College was thrilled with the support from the TMA, TMA Foundation, and the Nueces County Medical Society Alliance. They said it was an honor to partner with us for such a great event.”
  Martha Vijjeswarapu, Nueces CMS Alliance

“Getting Hispanics to receive their flu shot is like having them go to the dentist. The only way to encourage them is by offering it free of charge. There is an ongoing, long-standing myth within the Hispanic community that the flu vaccine causes some to develop the actual disease. We were glad to see, the tide is turning.” Julio Lujano, Canseco School of Nursing, Laredo

“It was a great pleasure to have you join us at Project Houston Community Development Corporation (CDC) first Women’s Health Fair. The 123 women received these services at no cost: dental screening, flu vaccination (provided by McGovern Medical School students through a Local Impact Grant), cholesterol check, blood pressure check, nutritional information, mammograms, and much more. The majority of the women met a low-income poverty level. Evelyn Garro Vice President, Project Houston CDC

Last Updated On

January 30, 2019