• 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

    • 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.
  • 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.