TMA Giving Back Newsletter

November 2015 

Ho Ho Helmets

When planning your holiday events, consider a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway. If a local organization in your community gives bikes during December, you can pair a helmet with each bike so the kids can ride safely. It’s an easy and valuable way to host a helmet giveaway. And it sends the message to the child from the beginning: The helmet always goes with the bike. Be sure to order your helmets before Thanksgiving to ensure timely delivery.  

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 Flu Shot Week

In the midst of flu season comes National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6-12, a great time to host a flu vaccination or education event. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a variety of tools you can use to educate about the importance of flu vaccine. And don’t forget TMA’s new flu infographic, which you can download to your website, share via your Facebook page, or tweet out. TMA’s updated flu fact sheet can help you spread the word, too.  

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Get a “Quick Start” on Vaccination Outreach

If you want to learn more about TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, mark your calendar for the next Be Wise Outreach Meeting during TMA’s Winter Conference in Austin Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at 2 pm. Bring a friend, and you’ll each be entered into a drawing for $50 worth of event supplies. And you’ll be among the first to receive TMA’s updated Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual to help you plan your first or next vaccination event.  

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 Take a Walk: It’s Good for Your Health

TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD) program is just what doctor ordered when Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, urged Americans to start walking. In a call to action issued earlier this fall, Dr. Murthy said walking is a simple, affordable way to get needed exercise. 

WWAD encourages TMA physician members to host monthly walks with their patients and community members. The walks help you set an example of good health and get your patients on the path to better health. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other health problems — and can ease symptoms and improve quality of life for people who have chronic diseases.

Guidelines issued in 2008 recommend that adults get at least 2½ hours a week of moderately intense physical activity. Children should be active at least 60 minutes every day. Sadly, only half of adults and slightly more than one quarter of high school students get that amount of physical activity. 

Contact Debra Heater to find out how you can start a WWAD program in your community.  

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Cream of the Crop in Health Reporting

TMA needs your help to find the best news of 2015. If you’ve seen, heard, or read an outstanding health report this year, nominate it for a TMA Anson Jones, MD, Award. TMA will alert the journalist of your nomination and enter him or her into the competition. It’s a great way to recognize your local journalists for their work and encourage quality health news reporting. (The contest is open to Texas general-interest news outlets.) 

Texas physicians and medical students also can enter in the Physician Excellence in Reporting category, which recognizes physician- and medical student-reporters. Maybe you write a medical column for your local newspaper or host a health-focused radio show or a weekly segment on the local TV news. If so, enter your work in TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards contest. 

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Funding for Your Community Outreach

Need funding for your next outreach effort? Turn to TMA. TMA offers several grant programs to help support vaccination and other health projects in your communities:  

  • The TMA Foundation (TMAF) offers Medical Community Grants and Medical Student Leadership Grants to county medical societies (CMSs), TMA Alliance chapters, and medical student chapters for projects that address TMA public health and quality priorities, including vaccinations. CMSs and alliance chapters can receive up to $7,500, and medical student chapters can receive up to $3,000. The next deadline to apply is Dec. 31. 
  • Be Wise — Immunize offers Local Impact Grants of up to $2,500 to help fund a vaccination event. The next deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.  

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Give the Gift of Great Health!

Honor your friends and loved ones this holiday season with a charitable donation made in their name to TMAF. Your honorees will receive a beautiful holiday card letting them know you’ve made a generous gift in their honor. You’ll be supporting TMA’s award-winning initiatives including Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise — Immunize, and Walk With a Doc Texas. If you prefer, you can select a specific program or programs to support.  

Make your gifts by mail, phone, or fax: TMA Foundation, 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701-1680; (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664; fax (512) 370-1642; or on TMAF’s secure online site. Make your gift on or before Dec. 15 to ensure your honoree receives the card in time of the holidays! Gifts made to TMAF on or before Dec. 31 may be eligible for 2015 tax benefits. Don’t delay; make your gift today!

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For information about Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. For Walk With a Doc, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. You also can help support Hard Hats, Be Wise — Immunize, or Walk With a Doc with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which provides funding for the programs.

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Upcoming TMA Outreach Events

Please let us know about your event, so we can promote it here on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads
Nov. 14   Austin, Terrance Hines, MD, and Baylor Scott & White Clinic-Avery Ranch
Nov. 14   Terrell, Paul Guttuso, MD, and Terrell Family Medicine*
Nov. 14   Midland, Midland Pediatric Associates*
Nov. 18   China, Jefferson CMS and Alliance
Dec. 5-23        Lewisville, Helen Lim, MD, and Christian Community Action 
 Be Wise — Immunize 
Nov. 14   Marble Falls, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital
Nov. 17   Round Rock, Williamson County & Cities Health District
Nov. 21   Granite Shoals, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital
Dec. 12   Austin and Del Valle, Junior League of Austin, Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Shots for Tots/Big Shots*         

*First-time sponsor

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise – ImmunizeSM are made possible through grants from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, thanks to generous gifts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, two anonymous foundations, physicians and their families, and friends of medicine. 

Be Wise – Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Walk With a Doc        
Date                                   Location             Sponsor                                                                                                             
Monthly (varies)   Austin   Julie Reardon, MD+
Fourth Saturday   Brenham   Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD
First Thursday   Cuero   Michael McLeod, MD, and Cuero Community Hospital
First Thursday   Dallas   Charles E. Bell, MD
Every Saturday (weekly)   Dallas   Sarah Helfand, MD+
Every Monday (weekly)   Edinburg   Belinda Jordan, MD+
Second Saturday   Georgetown   Susan Pike, MD+
Second Saturday   Hillsboro   Heather Derington, DO
Second Saturday   Houston   Afua Agyarko, MD
Second Saturday   Houston   Amanda Parker, MD
Second Saturday   Katy   Cindy Anthis, MD
Second Saturday                   Lubbock    Piyush Mittal, MD+
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD+
Every Wednesday (weekly)     Port Arthur   Tracie Updike, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)   Tyler   Smith CMS and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD
Fourth Saturday   Midland   Manoher Gurru, MD
Last Wednesday   Sugar Land   Heather Hamilton, MD


TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, with generous support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust. 

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