• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • The More Your Patients Know: Institute Promotes Texans' Health Literacy

      As a physician, you always try to do the right thing for your patients, but you can't do everything for them. What if your patients don't understand a diagnosis, their risk for certain diseases, or your prescription instructions? In February, the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency (TIHCQE) released its strategic plan to guide the institute's activities for the next five years, including an initiative to improve health literacy in the state. 
  • 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 Calls for Immediate Medical Aid for Central Am. Refugees
      TMA is calling on President Obama and Governor Perry to provide medical aid to the thousands of women and children who have traveled from Central America to Texas. 
    • Fort Worth Leaders Honored by TMA Foundation
      The Texas Medical Association Foundation will honor two Fort Worth health advocates with its prestigious Health Leader Award, Friday, May 2. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Project Access Tarrant County (PATC) will receive their awards during the TMA Foundation’s 21st annual gala at the Omni Fort Worth.
    • 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.
  • 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.