• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Following the Science: TMA Advocates Full Physical, History to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student Athletes

      The natural emotional reaction to the death of a young person is often to advocate doing anything and everything to prevent more young hearts from giving out well before their time. Three years ago, the tragic death of Cody Stephens, a student athlete at Crosby High School, pushed his father and like-minded legislators into action.
  • Standing up for Public Health

    • TMA Program Offers Back-to-School Shots During August
      During National Immunization Awareness Month, Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program announces vaccination clinics across the state to prepare children for school and prevent harmful and potentially deadly diseases.  
    • 2015 Legislative Wins: Oncologists
      2015 Legislative Wins: Oncologists
    • 2015 Legislative Wins: Emergency Medicine Physicians
      2015 Legislative Wins: Emergency Medicine Physicians
    • Youth Safeguards, Budget Boons
      The Texas Medical Association, the Texas Public Health Coalition, and diligent physicians earned significant public health victories during the Texas Legislature's 2015 session in their drive to reduce tobacco and electronic cigarette use and to protect schoolchildren at risk for anaphylaxis.
    • Walk With a Doc Success: Tyler and Smith CMS
      Walk With a Doc Texas encourages TMA physician members to host monthly or weekly walks with their patients and community members. It fosters the patient-physician relationship and encourages a community to be fit together.
    • HHS Awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants to Six Texas Organizations
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health awarded more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, and others. The 81 new grants will serve more than 291,000 youths each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high.
    • CDC Provides MERS Virus Evaluation Guidelines
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a call with doctors on June 11 to brief them with updated information and guidelines for evaluating Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. The interim guidance doesn't include travel advisories, but concern about the virus has grown since the Republic of Korea reported to the World Health Organization an initial case of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection on May 20. CDC says it represents the first case in what is now the largest single outbreak of MERS-CoV outside of the Arabian Peninsula.
    • DSHS Issues Cyclospora Health Advisory
      The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory encouraging physicians to test patients for Cyclospora if they have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue. DSHS received reports of more than 40 cases of Cyclospora infection in June.
  • 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.