June 1, 2015
communities across Texas will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving
vaccinations, thanks to Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program.
The program awarded grants totaling
nearly $18,000 to physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance chapters
(comprising physicians and physicians’ spouses), who often partner with other local
organizations to provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and
created the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact
in 2012 to ensure Texans who are uninsured or underinsured, or who face other
obstacles, receive needed immunizations. Since then, 40 grants totaling nearly $74,000
have been awarded to provide more than 2,000 vaccinations across the state. Be
Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF), TMA’s
Foundation and its donors are proud to support these efforts because
immunizations prevent serious diseases and help Texans live healthier lives,”
said TMAF President Deborah A. Fuller, MD, a Dallas physician.
TMA recently awarded these grants:
County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance in San Antonio received $2,000
to provide flu vaccinations to local residents at the city’s Síclovía, an event
that turns city streets into a safe area for exercise and play, in September. Medical
students from the TMA chapter at The University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine will assist with the event.
- Fort Bend CMS
received $2,500 to provide back-to-school vaccinations to Fort Bend Independent
School District students at Title 1 campuses, schools with a high concentration
of low-income students who receive federal funding. Title 1 campuses are
determined by the number of students who are enrolled in the free and reduced
Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet County received $2,000 to provide
flu vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured children and adolescents.
- Christ’s Family Clinic received $1,900 to provide uninsured
residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area flu vaccinations at a fall
CMS Alliance in Corpus Christi received $2,500
to provide incoming Del Mar College students meningococcal vaccinations
required for college admission. The event, now in its second year of being
funded by a TMA grant, targets low-income students who cannot afford this
costly vaccination (approximately $150).
- Smith CMS Alliance received $2,500 to provide vaccinations
against flu and other preventable childhood diseases to children at Tyler Day Nursery,
and flu vaccinations to their parents and the child care workers. This is the
second grant the alliance has received to provide vaccinations to the families
of students at the nursery whose income is near or below the poverty line.
Effect, a nonprofit organization
to provide wellness initiatives in Tarrant County, received $2,500 to provide
flu vaccinations to low-income Haltom City residents at a local health fair in
Chapter at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston received
$2,000 to provide flu vaccinations for underserved minority adults and children
at a church health fair in Houston.
actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through its Be Wise —
Immunize program. More than 277,000 shots have been given to Texas children,
adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004. TMAF funds the Be Wise
program through generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, and gifts from
physicians and their families.
TMA is the largest state medical society
in the nation, representing more than 48,000 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. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and
science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.
Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
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