TMA Grant to Help Vaccinate El Pasoans for Free

 Jan. 4, 2017

Children and adults in two Texas communities, El Paso and Houston, will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving vaccinations, thanks to special grants from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program. TMA recently awarded $3,300 in grants to TMA chapters at two of the state’s medical schools to provide free vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans in their hometowns.

TMA created the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program in 2012 to assist TMA, Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) members, and medical students, in helping protect community health by offering childhood, adolescent, and adult vaccinations at special events and clinics. (TMAA is a group of TMA-member physicians and spouses who host TMA community initiatives.) These members of the TMA Family often partner with other local organizations on the projects.

In five years, TMA has awarded 66 grants totaling $120,000 to provide more than 9,000 vaccinations across the state through the Local Impact Grants program. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF), TMA’s philanthropic arm. TMA awarded two medical student chapters the most recent grants.

 “Medical students are medicine’s future, so TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support their efforts to help more Texans lead healthier lives,” said TMAF President Deborah A. Fuller, MD, of Dallas. 

In December, TMA awarded these grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500:

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA chapter will offer free childhood and adult vaccinations to uninsured El Paso residents at a SUNS (Students United para Nuestra Salud) health fair at the RotaCare Clinic later this year.

McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston TMA Chapterwill provide free flu vaccinations for underserved minority adults and children at a Jan. 14 health fair at CT Church in Pasadena. 

TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through its Be Wise — Immunize program. Physicians, alliance members, medical students and other volunteers have given more than 315,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004. TMAF funds the Be Wise program in 2017 through generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with contributions from physicians and their families.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 49,000 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. The TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health, quality of care, and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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


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

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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January 04, 2017

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