• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Youth Safeguards, Budget Boons

      Legislature, Governor Enact Laws to Address TMA Public Health Concerns

      The Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC), of which the Texas Medical Association is a charter member, and diligent physicians earned significant victories during the Texas Legislature's 2015 session in reducing tobacco and electronic cigarette use and protecting  schoolchildren at risk for anaphylaxis.

  • Standing up for Public Health

    • Texas Immunization Conference Coming Nov. 18-20
      Learn some strategies to improve immunization rates across Texas at the 2015 Texas Immunization Conference, which will take place Nov. 18-20 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. The theme is Promoting a Healthy Texas: Communicate, Educate, and Vaccinate. A discounted early bird registration fee is available until Sept. 15. Regular registration ends Oct. 31.
    • Fight the Flu With Tools From TMA
      Flu season is just around the corner, and TMA's Be Wise — Immunize has tools you can use to protect yourself, your staff, and your patients.
    • CDC Changes 2015-16 Flu Vaccine Recommendations
      Among the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations for the 2015-16 influenza season are changes to the composition of the vaccines and revised recommendations for children. What hasn't changed is the recommendation for a routine annual vaccination for everyone aged 6 months and older who does not have contraindications.
    • Shooting for Safety
      Austin Regional Clinic announced in June that it would no longer accept new pediatric patients whose parents or guardians don't permit vaccinations. The new policy aims to protect the clinic's most vulnerable patients, such as infants who aren't fully vaccinated, seniors, those who have compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. An exception is included for patients who have adverse reactions to vaccines or severely compromised immune systems.
    • Webinar: Role of Obesity in Cancer Treatment, Outcomes
      More than 25 percent of Texas adults are obese, meaning they have a body mass index of at least 30. Obesity is an established cancer risk factor, accounting for 14 percent to 20 percent of cancer mortality nationally, and is also a major hindrance in the treatment of cancer. This makes teaching, counseling, and talking to patients about their weight and its effect on their cancer treatment and potential outcome of the utmost importance.
    • College Students: Put Required Vaccination on To-Do List
      As young adults make final preparations for college, the physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) remind college-bound students to put the meningitis vaccination on their to-do list.
    • 2015 Legislative Wins: Oncologists
      2015 Legislative Wins: Oncologists
    • 2015 Legislative Wins: Emergency Medicine Physicians
      2015 Legislative Wins: Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • 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.