You’re smart. You spent all those years in medical school. If you want to pass that wisdom on to others, and help protect your community from all of those pesky diseases that could be prevented with a vaccine, host a TMA Be Wise — Immunize® event.
What’s a TMA Be Wise — Immunize event, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Basically, it’s a shot clinic. But it’s put on by you with a ton of help from TMA. All you have to do is apply for a TMA grant of up to $2,500 that can be used for events to vaccinate children, adolescents, and adults. It’s all part of the many ways TMA helps members, county medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, and medical student chapters.
It couldn’t be that simple, you say. But it is. Just ask Nandini Kohli, MD, and Austin Primary Care Physicians; they’ll tell you. Earlier this year, they turned to TMA for help with a project to prevent bacterial pneumonia in elderly Medicare patients who couldn’t afford the copay for the vaccination.
All told, TMA awarded six Local Impact Grants in March for events that provided back-to-school, bacterial pneumonia, and flu vaccinations. We’ve been doing it since 2012, awarding more than $130,000 during that time.
If you’re interested — and by now I’m sure you are — apply by July 1 on the TMA website. Grant applications should be submitted at least four months before an event, and grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds (That’s a whole year, but you knew that). If you miss that deadline, or you just want to continue keeping your community safe, you can apply again by Nov. 1 for events in 2018.
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. If you still have questions, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470 or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470.
Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance. Funding for Be Wise — Immunize is provided by the TMA Foundation 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, 2017