TMA Vaccination Grants Connect Hard-to-Reach Patients; Apply by May 1
By Patrick McDaid

Dozens of patients in the Lubbock area are up to date on their vaccinations thanks to a local impact grant from the Texas Medical Association, which has opened the latest 2024 application cycle for vaccine outreach programs until May 1.  

The Vaccines Defend What Matters (VDWM) grant helped internist Janice Stachowiak, MD, administer flu vaccines in 2023 throughout the Lubbock area at the South Plains Food Bank, Carpenters Kitchen, Lubbock Impact Clinic, and City of Lubbock Health Department. 

Importantly, the effort successfully targeted patients in zip codes known for having low incomes, Dr. Stachowiak said.   

“After our experience this past year, we have discussed it and we have decided to apply again next year,” she said.  

The TMA Foundation helps fund the VDWM grants of up to $3,500 to TMA Alliance chapters, medical school chapters, and TMA member practices and clinics that offer vaccine-related activities, education, and outreach programs in traditionally under-resourced communities. 

Applicants whose programs focus on geographic areas of Texas with greatest need will receive priority funding. These include Texas communities with low immunization rates and high rates of conscientious objection. 

Applicants have until May 1 to apply and need only apply once per grant cycle. After receiving the funds, grantees have up to 12 months to put them to use.  

To apply, visit the VDWM grant portal, where upcoming grant cycles are posted as well. Applicants are asked to keep their application SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.  

For questions about the process, contact the TMA public health team.   

Last Updated On

March 28, 2024

Originally Published On

March 28, 2024

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Patrick McDaid is a reporter for Texas Medicine Today and Texas Medicine. His prior work included local newspaper journalism in New Jersey after graduating from Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia. A new resident to Texas after 25 years of Northeast living, Patrick is eager to explore the best coffee shops, sports game venues, and outdoor trails that Austin has to offer.

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