• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Protecting the Family: TMA Looks to Broaden Rules for Postexposure Prophylaxis Rules Examine

      TMA is working with the Texas Medical Board to change the rules associated with postexposure prophylaxis to better enable physicians to implement recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that PEP be used as a preventive measure for various infectious diseases for family members or others in close proximity to patients with the disease.
  • Standing up for Public Health

    • Additional Ebola Virus Guidance
      Recent cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) underscore the potential for travel-associated spread of the disease and the risks of EVD to health care workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory July 28.
    • Tax Crime, Scribes: Atypical Hot Health Story Tips
      Physicians as targets of tax scams, new moves to cut Medicaid red tape, and why your doctor might be conversational during your next exam are just a few of this month’s Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine features. Texas Medicine is the association’s official publication.
    • CDC Issues Ebola Virus Advisory
      Recent cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) underscore the potential for travel-associated spread of the disease and the risks of EVD to health care workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory July 28.
    • Get Involved in Mental Health Town Hall Discussions
      Mental health issues can leave people feeling isolated and ashamed. To counter misconceptions about mental illness and help connect people with resources, the Texas Department of State Health Services launched Speak Your Mind Texas, a statewide conversation about mental health that help is available and recovery is possible.
    • Fund a Vaccination Event With Help From Be Wise — Immunize
      TMA's Be Wise — Immunize program is accepting applications until Oct. 1 for funds to support local vaccination events. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to TMA member-physician practices and clinics, county medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, and medical student chapters. Monies can be used for new or expanded shot clinics to immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults.
  • 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."

  • 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.