When you think of health care, you might not think of bullying. However, bullying can lead to depression and low self-esteem, particularly in children.
The Bexar County Medical Society Alliance recognized this sometimes-overlooked health concern, and applied for and received a $2,500 grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) for a campaign to reduce bullying among children with craniofacial deformities and birth defects of the face or head, such as cleft palate.
The program, scheduled for 2020, will help children and their families when they undergo treatment for craniofacial deformities.
Each year, local medical societies or alliance chapters may apply for up to $7,500 in matching funds from the TMAF Medical Community Grants program. The TMA Foundation Board approves the grant funding during its meeting in September. This year, several county alliances got the good news that they had won grants, including:
- Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation – $7,500 for the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County, which provides low-cost vaccination events for more than 7,000 children and adults annually.
- Lubbock County Medical Society Alliance – $2,226 to provide pneumonia vaccinations to clients of the South Plains Food Bank. The alliance is a member of the South Plains Immunization Network.
- Nueces County Medical Society Alliance – $5,000 to help battle opioid misuse in the county. The alliance aims to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid use and offer support to those who are addicted by hosting a symposium, creating a local task force for community collaboration, and educating high school students about the dangers of drug use.
Grants for programs like these are made possible through tax-deductible gifts to the TMA Foundation. Share the gift of good health by supporting the community outreach work of your colleagues. Please consider a gift of $25 or more for the TMA Alliance Holiday Sharing Campaign as it celebrates its 25th year of giving.
Since 1998, TMAF has granted nearly $700,000 to health improvement initiatives through the Medical Community Grants program.
Find more information, including how to apply for grants or to donate, on the TMA’s website.
Last Updated On
November 05, 2019