The Junior League of Houston, Inc. and Texas Children’s Hospital Offer Free Immunizations for Area Children

July 11, 2003

HOUSTON – The Junior League of Houston Inc. and Texas Children’s Hospital are sending the
SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic to locations around Houston to vaccinate thousands of children this

The mobile clinic will offer free immunizations to uninsured children in the first through fifth grades
on August 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the community health fair hosted by La Rosa Family Services at 5203
Fulton Street. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be pre-registered by
August 1 with La Rosa Family Services at 713-699-3974. Parents should bring a vaccination card or
school vaccination record for each child.

With only 61 percent of Houston children adequately immunized and state and local funding cuts
expected for these critical services, The Junior League of Houston Inc. and Texas Children’s Hospital are
stepping up to address the crucial need for child immunizations.

The facts are clear: immunization is one of the most cost-effective medical interventions available.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research indicates the level of vaccine preventable
disease has been reduced by more than 99 percent since the introduction of vaccines.

“One of the most important things we can do to protect the health of Houston’s children is to
provide easy access to immunizations,” said Mary Beth Staine, president of The Junior League of
Houston, Inc. “The Junior League, Texas Children’s Hospital and our other 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.”

The SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic is a health clinic on wheels that provides vital health care
services to medically underserved children through age 18. The Junior League of Houston, Inc. donated
the SuperKids Clinic to the City of Houston in 2000 to help make healthcare and health education more
accessible to 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, nurse, clinical
assistant, nurse practitioner and many Junior League volunteers.

The SuperKids Pediatric Clinic is collaboration among The Junior League of Houston, Inc., Texas
Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, the City of Houston Health & Human Services
Department, the Houston Independent School District and Harris County Hospital District. These
organizations collaborate to provide education and assistance about health issues to the community.
Through the clinic, Junior League volunteers work closely with community groups, schools and
residents to better understand and address community needs.

During the school year, the 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
and their siblings who are under the age of 18 and lack insurance. Pediatricians perform minor lab work
and dispense medication in the clinic. The clinic’s mission is to find each child a permanent medical
home by providing medical services and helping with applications for health insurance. Last year, the
clinic helped 85 percent of the patients it contacted obtain health insurance.

For more information on The Junior League of Houston, Inc., visit
For more information on Texas Children’s Hospital, visit

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. The Junior League supports the
community by committing volunteers and financial support to more than 35 charitable programs including Harris
County Juvenile Probation Department, Houston Food Bank, Sheltering Arms Senior Services, Star of Hope and
SuperKids Mobile Pediatric Clinic. Throughout its 78-year history, it has worked to build a better community by
supporting Houston-area programs, publishing award-winning cookbooks and a children’s book, as well as
operating the Tea Room and hosting Charity Balls to generate funds. For more information, visit the web site at