Be Wise Grants Deadline Extended
By Tammy Wishard


Thinking about hosting a Texas Medical Association Be Wise – ImmunizeSM education event or shot clinic? If so, you’re in luck because the deadline to apply for a Local Impact Grant to help fund the event has been extended to March 15.

If you’re not sure who in your community would benefit from a shot clinic, you can turn to a local organization that serves people in need. That’s what the Smith County Medical Society Alliance did last fall when it hosted a clinic with the Salvation Army of Tyler.

The alliance already had a good relationship with the local Salvation Army, which previously had hosted a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway.

“This was a great location and opportunity to reach folks who most likely had not had a flu shot,” said Debbie Pitts, a member of the Smith County Medical Society Alliance. “Everyone was uninsured and eligible for the shots.”

Working with an established community group made the event easy to organize, said Joi Smith, president of the Smith County Medical Society Alliance. Another community partner, the Northeast Texas Public Health District, provided the vaccinations and nurses to give the shots.

If you’re ready to get involved with Be Wise to educate or vaccinate your community, use the TMA Foundation Online Grant Interface to submit a grant application by March 15 for events in the summer or later. Grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds. TMA will accept applications again on July 1 for shots clinics in the fall and winter.

TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500. Special consideration is given this year to events that occur in high-need areas. Funding for vaccination education events, such as a townhall meeting or presentation to a PTA, is a new offering of the Local Impact Grants program.

For help planning your event, check out the Be Wise – Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide and Be Wise Event Ideas.

TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through its Be Wise — Immunize program. Nearly 390,000 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 TMA Foundation in 2020 thanks to major support from H-E-B, and generous donations from physicians and their families and other donors whose gifts create a Healthy Now and Healthy Future for more Texans.

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

Last Updated On

March 03, 2020

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Tammy Wishard

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Tammy Wishard

Tammy Wishard is TMA’s outreach coordinator. She manages TMA's award-winning Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize programs, and the Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting. She has a 20-plus-year history with TMA, where she started as a writer/editor. Tammy, an Iowa native, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

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