TMA Giving Back Newsletter

March 2015 

Keep Kids Safe in April

As the bluebonnets blanket the landscape and the colder-than-usual Texas winter becomes a memory, the kids will head outside. Help keep them safe by hosting a bike helmet giveaway through TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads. Child Safety Month in April is a perfect time for an event. 

TMA will send a media advisory to alert local media of helmet giveaways across the state during the month. To be included in the Child Safety Month advisory, we need your April event information by Friday, March 20: name of your event, date, time, location including address, local sponsor, and contact information for the person in charge on the day of your event (name and cell phone number) so the media have someone to call.

TMA also can help you publicize your event locally. We have sample media tools you can customize for your event, or TMA can send an announcement to your local media. 

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Hard Hats Joins With Houston Texans

More than 30 Houston children who are training for the Kids Triathlon received a free bicycle helmet through the Hard Hats for Little Heads program in February. Students from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UT Health Medical School) gave a safety presentation, then fitted the helmets on the children during a triathlon training session at the Houston Texans YMCA.

Blake Henchcliffe, president of the TMA chapter at UT Health Medical School, said the Houston Texans event was a great experience. “It was rewarding to see the happiness the helmets brought to the children and the appreciation of the parents,” said Mr. Henchcliffe.  

An additional 30 children who will participate in the triathlon also received helmets to help them train safely for the biking segment. 

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It's Always Time to Be Wise

Thanks for helping TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM make a difference in 2014. TMA physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students hosted 34 events and gave more than 21,400 vaccinations to Texans of all ages. Be Wise reached four new counties. Let’s blanket the state with even more events in 2015. We also welcome Lois R. Ramandetta, MD, a Houston gynecological oncologist, to the Be Wise — Immunize Physician Advisory Panel. 

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Infant Immunization Week

In the wake of the measles outbreak, National Infant Immunization Week provides a perfect backdrop to educate that vaccinations are important, safe, and effective in preventing potentially deadly diseases. April 18-25 marks this annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a variety of materials to help you promote this observance. Be Wise has these resources to help you:  



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Texas Physicians Walk With Patients

Walk With a Doc (WWAD), TMA’s newest outreach program, encourages TMA physician members to host monthly walks with their patients and community members. Texas now boasts 20 active WWAD sites. Join a walk near you and see what it’s all about. If you would like to host a walk, contact Debra Heater at TMA for more information.   

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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. 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 and on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads
March 11   Alice, Alice Pediatric Clinic
March 12   Denton, LA Nelson Elementary PTA and Nuby Pediatrics*
March 12   New Braunfels, Emily Briggs, MD
March 14   Lubbock, Lesley Motheral, MD, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society*
March 28       Round Rock, Williamson County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center  
March 28   San Antonio, Hilda Gonzalez-Saenz, MD*
March 29   San Antonio, Ashok Kumar, MD; Bexar CMS Alliance, and UT San Antonio Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine students
April 11   Brenham, Pilot Club of Brenham and Brenham High School Anchor Club*
April 11   Houston, UT Health Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program
April 18   Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center students
April 18   Marble Falls, Sandra Thomas, MD, and Children’s Health Center
April 18   Sulphur Springs, Texas Department of State Health Services, Region 4/5 North*
April 25   Channelview, Steven Dennis, MD, and Channelview Independent School District*
Be Wise — Immunize
March 30   Kennedy, Cuero Community Hospital
March 31   Nixon and Yorktown, Cuero Community Hospital
April 2   Cuero, Cuero Community Hospital

*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
Last Saturday   Burnet   Sarah Hughes, MD
Third 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   Houston   Afua Agyarko, MD
Second Saturday   Katy   Cindy Anthis, MD
First Saturday   Lake Jackson   Alisa Berger, MD+
First Saturday   Lamesa   Cornelia de Riese, MD
Second Saturday                   Lubbock    Piyush Mittal, MD+
Third Saturday   New Braunfels      Kari Fay, MD
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD+
Second Saturday   San Antonio   Marvin Eng, MD
First Saturday   San Antonio   Michelle Harden, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)        San Antonio   Ellen Lin, MD, and Manuel Ybarra, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)          Tyler   Smith County Medical Society and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD

+Starting second year of the program

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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