Free Immunizations for Area Children
SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic to Provide Immunizations
Tuesday, June 17 & Thursday, June 19
9:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Spring Branch Family Development Center
HOUSTON, Texas (June 1, 2003) – With only 61% of Houston’s children adequately
immunized and expected state and local funding cuts for these critical services, the Junior
League of Houston is stepping up to the plate to assist with this crucial community need.
The Junior League will send its SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic to a variety of locations
around the area to vaccinate thousands of children this summer. The SuperKids Mobile Pediatric
Clinic will offer free immunizations for those children without insurance or access to medical
services on June 17th and June 19th at the Spring Branch Family Development Center. Children
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and are asked to bring a vaccination card or school
The Importance of Immunizations
The facts are clear: immunization is one of the most cost-effective medical interventions
available. According to the Center for Disease Control, research states the level of vaccinepreventable
disease has been reduced by more than 99% since the introduction of vaccines.
Houston’s children without insurance should not be deprived of the opportunity to receive
vaccinations due to lack of access to medical services. Mary Beth Staine, President of the Junior
League of Houston states, “One of the most important things we can do to protect the health of
Houston’s children is to provide easy access to immunizations. The Junior League and our
collaborative partners in the SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic are pleased to offer this vital
service to parents and children as they prepare for the new school year.”
What is SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic?
The SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic is a health clinic on wheels that provides vital
health care services to medically underserved children ages 0-18. The SuperKids Clinic
will attract the attention of both children and parents when it rolls into a community because the
outside of the vehicle is whimsically decorated with colorful cartoon characters. The Junior
League of Houston donated the SuperKids Clinic to the city of Houston to help make the dream
of accessible healthcare and health education a reality for all Houston-area children.
The mobile clinic is staffed by a team of healthcare professionals from Texas Children’s
Hospital dedicated to providing quality health services to children. The team includes a
pediatrician, a nurse, a clinical assistant, a nurse practitioner and a number of Junior League
The SuperKids Pediatric Clinic is a collaboration among the Junior League of Houston,
Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, the City of Houston Health & Human
Services Department, HISD, and Harris County Hospital District. Working together, these
organizations provide education and assistance for parents and children about important health
The SuperKids Clinic serves the community in a variety of ways. Junior League
volunteers work closely with community groups, schools, and residents to better understand the
community needs and address them.
During the school year, The SuperKids Clinic serves children and their siblings at four
HISD elementary schools. The Clinic provides well-child exams, treats minor illnesses and
offers vaccinations for students at these schools and their siblings without health insurance. In
addition, the pediatricians perform minor labs and dispense medication in the clinic. The
mission of the SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic is to find each child a permanent medical home
by providing them medical services and then helping them apply for health insurance. Last year
the clinic succeeded in helping 85% of the patients contacted to obtain health insurance.
The Junior League of Houston, Inc. is an organization of more than 4,800 women that will donate
over $1.5 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to the community this year. Founded in
1925, the Junior League helped establish Texas Children’s Hospital, publishes award-winning cookbooks
and operates the Tea Room to generate funds. Community support includes more than 45 charitable
programs including Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Houston Food Bank, Sheltering Arms
Senior Services, Star of Hope and SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic. For more information, visit the
web site at www.juniorleaguehouston.org