Division of Public Health and Medical Education

The Division of Public Health and Medical Education focuses on public health, scientific, and patient safety issues throughout the state, emphasizing areas in which high-quality medical care and scientific expertise can benefit all Texans. In addition the division maintains close relationships with academic medicine and monitors physician workforce trends.

Contact:  Karen Batory, MPA, Vice President, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1405, (512) 370-1405

Clinical Advocacy  

  • Provide resources, education and tools via CME offerings and an expanded TMA quality website.
  • Prepare physicians for quality/value-based reimbursement challenges that are a part of the current payer’ Pay-for-Performance programs and an integral aspect of healthcare reform.
  • Educate physicians regarding opportunities to use private, federal and state incentives to improve their patient outcomes.
  • Develop policy and advocates for physicians and their practices on quality improvement, patient safety, performance measurement, and clinical effectiveness.

Contact: Angelica Ybarra, RN, MSN, Director, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1400, (512) 370-1400

Medical Education  

  • Medical School Expansions
  • Graduate Medical Education Funding
  • Physician Recruitment and Retention
  • Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
  • Minority Medical School Enrollments

Contact: Marcia Collins, Director, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1375, (512) 370-1375

Public Health 

  • Represents the association on public health issues affecting Texans, including liaison with public health organizations, voluntary agencies, and state and local public health agencies.
  • Administers projects in the areas of child and adolescent health, border health, prevention, and infectious disease.
  • Monitors tobacco settlement allocations and provides reports to TMA leadership.
  • Administers outreach programs, monitors public health trends and issues, and alerts physicians to emergent public health issues.
  • Educates and directs programming to improve collaboration between medicine and public health.

Contact:  Margaret Mendez, Director, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1440, (512) 370-1440 

TMA Foundation 

  • Philanthropic arm of TMA that implements the association's resource development program.
  • Funds initiatives with the power to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans.
  • Supports programs that reflect the public health and science priorities of TMA.
  • Provides TMA and TMAA members unique opportunities to improve the health of Texans by financially supporting and volunteering in TMAF-funded initiatives.

Contact: Lisa Stark Walsh, Executive Director, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, (512) 370-1666


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