Four Texas Communities Receive Vaccination Grants

April 13, 2016

Four communities across Texas will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving vaccinations, thanks to Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program. TMA recently awarded $7,600 in grants to physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance (TMAA) chapters (comprising physician volunteers and their spouses), to provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans in their hometowns.

TMA created the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program in 2012 to allow TMA and TMAA members to help ensure their communities are healthy by offering childhood, adolescent, and adult vaccinations at special events and clinics. These members often partner with other local organizations on the projects.

In four years, TMA has awarded 55 grants totaling $85,000 to provide nearly 8,000 vaccinations across the state through the Local Impact Grants program. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF), TMA’s philanthropic arm.

“TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support our members’ efforts through the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants, because many more Texans will lead healthy lives when protected by immunizations,” said TMAF President Deborah A. Fuller, MD, of Dallas.

In March, TMA awarded these grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500:

  • Smith County Medical Society (CMS) will provide back-to-school vaccinations to students in Whitehouse Independent School District in conjunction with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. Students entering kindergarten through 12th grade can receive vaccinations during school registration. 
      
  • Smith CMS Alliance will provide flu shots for kids and adults at the annual Day for Kids in September. Children who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas and their family members can receive flu shots.  
      
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA chapter will offer childhood and adult vaccinationsto underserved El Paso residents who attend SUNS (Students United para Nuestra Salud) Health Fair events.  
      
  • The University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio TMA Chapter will join with Family Services Association of San Antonio to give flu shots to children and their families in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through its Be Wise — Immunize program. More than 300,000 shots have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004. TMAF funds the Be Wise program in 2016 through generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with contributions from physicians and their families.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 49,000 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. The TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health, quality of care, and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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

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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper@texmed.org

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