• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Breaking Down Barriers: Battling Texas' Low HPV Vaccination Rate

      Physicians face major hurdles in administering a vaccine that protects against human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. Cervical, genital, and head and neck cancers are preventable, but physicians say the stigma surrounding the vaccine, its high cost, and its voluntary status are keeping vaccination rates in Texas low.
  • Addressing Pollution from Legacy Coal Power Plants in Texas

    This June 2013 report examines retrofitting Big Brown, Martin Lake, and Monticello coal-fired facilities with modern emission controls or retiring the plants and replacing them with cleaner alternative energy sources. Prepared by Daniel Cohan, PhD, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, Addressing Pollution targets these three 1970s-era legacy coal-fired power plants because they are "the leading emitters of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in Texas." And they heavily contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, a mixture of substances including carbon-based particles, dust, and acid aerosols formed in the atmosphere by volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

    The report explores four options that "could foster the ability of electricity providers to offset any loss of generating capacity from the legacy coal-fired power plants, while enhancing air quality and minimizing costs to ratepayers."

  • Standing up for Public Health

    • TMA to Give Helmets to Children in April
      The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 2,500 free bicycle helmets in April — designated as Child Safety Month in Texas — to protect children from head injuries. 
    • TMA to Give Bicycle Helmets in March
      The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 1,500 bicycle helmets in March — which is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month — to protect children from head injuries and encourage fitness. This year marks the 20th birthday of Hard Hats for Little Heads. In that time, TMA’s Family of Medicine has given more than 170,000 helmets to Texas children. . 
    • H.O.M.E.S. Clinic Receives Prestigious Award
      The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2014 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award to the H.O.M.E.S. (Houston Outreach Medicine, Education, and Social Services) Clinic of Houston, which serves people who are homeless.
    • TMA Foundation Awards Group That Helps Refugees Get Health Care
      The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2014 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Secondary Award to Refugee Services of Texas’ (RST’s) Medical Case Management (MCM) program of Austin.
    • TMA Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco
      Texas physicians applaud CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores. TMA physicians agree with CVS that preventing tobacco use will improve the health of Texans.
  • Texas Public Health Stats

    • Immunizations

      There is a greater risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in communities with low immunization rates. Vaccine preventable diseases will increase if Texas cuts immunization funding.
    • Obesity

      "F as in 'Fat'" Ranks Texas the 13th most-obese state in the country. Healthy eating starts in childhood.
    • Smoking

      Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the state. More than 24,000 Texans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. Join with TMA to make Texas smoke-free.
    • Mental Health Funding

      More than 4.3 million Texans, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder. Of these, 1.5 million cannot function at work, school, or in the community due to their illness.