Walk with a Doc-Texas (WWAD)
WWAD engages physicians and their patients to promote and nurture healthy physical activity and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, especially obesity. Through WWAD - Texas, TMA physician members establish walks that engage patients in walking with them at least once a month for 12 months. Participants enjoy healthy food and lifestyle education through brief presentations before each walk, conversation with the physician and other healthcare team members and take-home information hand-outs.
2016 Goals: Implement ten new WWAD sites for a total of 24 sites in 2016.
Funding Opportunity: WWAD needs $100,400 to achieve the program goals for 2016.
Be Wise - Immunize
Be Wise - Immunize is a public health initiative of Texas Medical Association (TMA), and was launched in 2004. The program aims to improve Texas's childhood immunization rate from 77.3 percent to 90 percent. The primary strategies used to increase statewide immunization rates are communication, education, and action. The primary strategies used to increase statewide immunization rates are communication, education, and action. Nearly 200,000 immunizations have been given at more than 700 clinics and events. The program supports local immunization efforts through grants fund new or expanded shot clinics, or coalition activity to immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults. See the 2015 Be Wise Local Impact Grant winners.
2016 Goals: Facilitate more than 30,000 immunizations, 55 clinics.
Funding Opportunity: Be Wise needs $97,000 to achieve the program goals for 2016.
For more information, e-mail the Be Wise Coordinator or call (512) 370-1470.
H-E-B and TMF-Health Quality Institute helped launch TMA’s Be Wise—Immunize in 2004 with generous grants that have inspired others to grow and develop this important initiative over the years. TMAF thanks these Founding Partners for their continued commitment to a Health Now and their generous support for the 2012-2014 Be Wise Programs.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of Texas Medical Association.
Hard Hats for Little Heads
The goal of Texas Medical Association's Hard Hats for Little Heads program is to preserve brain health by helping to prevent life-altering or fatal brain injuries in Texas children. Since the program's inception in 1994, more than 130,000 helmets have been given to children at no cost. The free helmets are given to children ages 14 and younger at community events such as bicycle safety rodeos and health fairs. These events are coordinated by county medical societies, Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians, medical student chapters, and/or Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) chapters.
2016 Goals: Distribute 29,000 helmets and sponsor 200 helmet giveaway events including 50 new sponsor events.
Funding Opportunity: Hard Hats needs $140,500 to achieve the program goals for 2016.
Members of the TMA family can participate by sponsoring a helmet giveaway in their community. To find out how, contact Tammy Wishard, program coordinator, at email@example.com or (512) 370-1470.
Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations — and generous gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine.
TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching
This TMA program was started in 1990 as a way for organized medicine to instill greater recognition for the value of science and of innovative teaching to inspire students to consider medicine and other science related fields of study. The program identifies three outstanding science teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels and recognizes them with a cash award as well as a grant for their school to further enhance its science curriculum (see the 2015 winners ).
Scientific literacy has declined in the U.S. since the 1970s. According to the National Science Foundation's 2005 Science and Engineering Indicators/2008 report, 23 percent of Texas eight graders and 25 percent of fourth graders have achieved proficiency science compared to a US average of 27 percent.
TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching is presented annually during TMA's TexMed meeting. Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler, Austin, for whom the program is named, are lifetime supporters through a permanent endowment the couple established at TMA Foundation in the late 1990s. Up to $25,000 in additional support is needed each year.
2015-2016 Goals: The science teaching awards program can achieve significant progress in the following ways:
- Increase awareness and appreciation of science as an essential part of education among teachers, principals, superintendents, and students.
- Motivate science teachers to strive for excellence in teaching and to seek new and innovative ways to educate students in science.
- Inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, and medicine.
- Reinforce to physicians the importance of science and its relevance in the practice of medicine.
Hear how recent winners go the extra mile to ensure their students excel.
Funding Opportunity: The awards program needs $42,350 to operate in 2015-2016.
Parents, students, colleagues, and administrators are strongly encouraged to nominate teachers who exemplify excellence in any area of science. Nominate more than one if you feel strongly about several teachers. Self-nominations also are accepted and encouraged. For more information or to nominate, call Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the TMA website.
TMA's Minority Scholarship Program
Established in 1998, TMA's Minority Scholarship Program was designed as a unique means to fill a gap brought about by the Hopwood ruling barring public medical schools from considering race in financial aid decisions. This is particularly significant in Texas where there is a low population-to-physician ratio for the growing Hispanic and African American populations (see chart). In 2015, thanks to the support of significant donors to TMAF, $5,000 scholarships were awarded to incoming medical students at each of the nine Texas medical schools (see the 2015 winners).
2016 Goal: To award a scholarship to a qualified student entering each of Texas' eleven medical schools.
Funding Opportunity: TMAF must raise $66,000 to fund eleven scholarships, promote the program and provide travel for the recipients.
To be considered for a scholarship contact Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600, e-mail email@example.com or go to the TMA website.
TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine
This program recognizes physicians for their role in preparing the future physician workforce. There are four award levels and the highest level, the Platinum Award, carries a cash award. The program forges stronger relations between organized medicine and physicians in academic medicine and demonstrates TMA’s support for preparing the future physician workforce to meet the health needs of all Texans.
Funding Opportunity: TMAF must raise $6,800 to fund the Platinum Award for 2016.