TMA Giving Back Newsletter

October 2014 

Record Helmets Given = 6,000 Kids Protected

We did it! Thanks to your collective efforts, TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is putting more than 6,000 helmets on Texas children in October, the most helmets we’ve ever given in a month. At press time, with events still being scheduled, we were slated to give 6,151 helmets at 44 events across the state. Find an event in your community in the news release TMA sent announcing all events. 

All year, TMA has rallied your involvement, and you heeded the call to help us not just meet — but exceed — our lofty goal to give away 5,000 helmets statewide this month to celebrate 20 years of keeping kids safe. Thanks to the physicians, county medical societies, medical student and TMA Alliance chapters, and other volunteers who planned an event. Also, a big thanks to the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Pediatric Society, which supported multiple events for their members. 

Now you can help TMA share your success on social media. Send your event photos to TMA right after your event so we can post them on Facebook and our blog, or tweet them out. TMA plans to use social media throughout the month to keep the celebration going. 

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In Pursuit of 200,000 Helmets

Hard Hats is pushing toward another milestone: giving its 200,000th helmet during its 20th year. We’re only 8,000 helmets away. If you haven’t sponsored an event yet this year or want to host another, you can help us reach this goal with a helmet giveaway in November or December. Holiday bike giveaways in your community are an easy way to give helmets, pairing a free helmet with each bike given. Or holiday events at local organizations, such as Boys and Girls clubs, are another venue. 

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National Immunization Survey Results

The results of the 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS), conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, underscores the need to keep working to improve vaccination rates. 

NIS-Teen shows modest vaccination increases in 13- to17-year-olds during 2013 for all routinely recommended vaccinations for preteens and teens. However, coverage rates for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination remained low. Texas rates were about on par with the national levels, which are at 37.6 percent for girls and 13.9 percent for boys in receiving the third and final dose. 

NIS-Children shows national Healthy People 2020 targets were met in 2013 for four vaccinations: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, polio, and varicella (chickenpox). Four other vaccinations were within eight percentage points of their Healthy People 2020 targets: diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP); Haemophilus influenzae; pneumococcal; and rotavirus. Despite an MMR vaccination coverage level of 91.9 percent nationwide, one child in 12 is not receiving his or her first dose of MMR vaccine on time, underscoring considerable measles susceptibility across the country. Texas was above the national MMR average at 92.7 percent. 

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Walk With a Doc Across Texas

Walk With a Doc (WWAD), TMA’s newest outreach program, encourages TMA physician members to host monthly walks with their patients and community members. There are now 15 active WWAD Texas sites. Join one near you and see what it’s all about. Contact Debra Heater at TMA for more information.

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Texas Immunization Summit

The 2014 Texas Immunization Summit Nov. 5-7 in San Antonio will provide tools to encourage vaccinations in your community and beyond. Nationally recognized speakers will share the latest vaccine information and provide strategies to help improve immunization rates. TMA Alliance member and vaccination champion Terri Andrews, Fort Worth, will share her expertise on developing immunization partnerships.

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For information about Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. 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 on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads  

Check out TMA’s news release that announced our 44 October events, a monthly record.

Be Wise — Immunize

Oct. 4   Haltom City, Stephen Vaughn, MD*
Oct. 4   Lubbock, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine students
Oct. 26   Houston, Fort Bend County Medical Society Alliance
Nov. 22   El Paso, TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students

*First event

Walk With a Doc        
Date                                   Location             Sponsor                                                                                                             
Monthly   Austin   Julie Reardon, MD
Last Saturday   Burnet   Sarah Hughes, MD
Oct. 16 (Monthly)   Cuero   Michael McLeod, MD, and Cuero Community Hospital
First Thursday   Dallas   Charles E. Bell, MD
Varies   Dallas   Sarah Helfand, MD
Start Date TBD   Edinberg   Linda Villarreal, MD
First Thursday   Edinberg   Belinda Jordan, MD
Second Saturday   Georgetown   Susan Pike, MD
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD
First Saturday   San Antonio   Michelle Harden, MD
Second Saturday (weekly)                   San Antonio    Marvin Eng, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)   Tyler   Smith County Medical Society and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD
Nov. 1 (Monthly)   Lamesa   Cornelia de Riese, MD
Start Date TBD   Houston   Afua Agyarko, MD

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