TMA Giving Back Newsletter

October 2015 


Be Wise Against the Flu

TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM will fight seasonal influenza with 13 flu shot clinics during October, the widely recognized start of flu season. TMA announced the clinics in a news advisory sent to Texas media on Oct. 1, which is Influenza Awareness Day in Texas. To keep educating throughout flu season, you can use TMA’s new flu facts infographic: download it, post it on social media, or request printed copies to display or hand out.

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Happy Hard Hats for Little Heads!

 Happy birthday! This month we celebrate TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads’ birthday. We’re putting more than 4,000 helmets on Texas children during this year’s celebration, with 31 giveaway events during October. Because last year’s 20th birthday event was a huge success with a record 48 helmet giveaway events, we’ve made Hard Hats for Little Heads Month an annual event. Find a giveaway in your community in the news advisory TMA sent announcing all events.  

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 National Immunization Survey: Texas Is Up and Down

Vaccination coverage of young children in Texas is down, according to the 2014 National Immunization Survey (NIS) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Coverage of young children aged 19 months to 35 months through the recommended vaccine series in Texas fell to 64 percent in 2014, down from 72.5 percent in 2013. 

The good news: Texas rated high in a separate CDC report assessing the vaccination rates for kindergartners during the 2014-15 school year. Coverage of kindergartners was at about 97 percent for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP); and varicella vaccines. 

NIS-Teen reports coverage among adolescents in Texas aged 13-17 years increased for both the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (from 86.1 percent to 88.2 percent) and the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (from 87.6 percent to 88.6 percent). The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends adolescents receive a series of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, but coverage in Texas remains low. About half of females and about 36.6 percent of males reported starting the three-shot series. 

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 The Results Are In: Walk With a Doc Texas Works
 Texas physicians and patients are walking their way to better health as part of the national grassroots Walk With a Doc (WWAD) movement. WWAD Texas, now in its third year, boasts 18 monthly physician-led walks in cities throughout Texas that showcase physicians as trusted leaders in their community and allow them to enjoy a healthy activity with patients.

The program’s first annual survey of physician leaders and nearly 400 participants confirms this success:    

  • 58 percent of physician leaders and 48 percent of participants meet CDC physical activity recommendations of walking 150 minutes or running 75 minutes per week.
  • 94 percent of participants are more likely to talk with their doctor about preventive care after participating in WWAD.
  • The top two reasons participants attend are to maintain/improve health and spend time outside.
  • The top two reasons physician leaders participate are to improve the health of their patients and be involved in their community.
  • 61 percent of physicians enjoy connecting with patients outside the office.
  • 66 percent of leaders are likely to renew their WWAD contract for another year.  

Susan Pike, MD, a WWAD Texas leader who hosts a monthly walk in Georgetown with her patients, said, “The program isn’t about just weight loss or exercise. It’s about moving more, eating better, and learning about simple things that can influence our health positively. These are the types of changes people can embrace that lead to success.” 

To find out more about the program, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390.

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Immunization Conference, Coalition Workshop

The 2015 Texas Immunization Conference, sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, will be Nov. 18-20 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Featured speakers for Promoting a Healthy Texas: Communicate, Educate, and Vaccinate include Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, and Julie Boom, MD, a Houston author and pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital. 

Vaccination coalition members or potential members: Come a day early on Nov. 17 to hear national coalition expert Fran Butterfoss, PhD. The Immunization Partnership will offer this free workshop from 8 am to 3 pm for those who are in a coalition or thinking of starting/joining one. Register by Oct. 27.  

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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
Oct. 10   Fort Stockton, Rahul Puri, MD, and Pecos County Memorial Hospital
Oct. 10   Marshall, Pilot Club of Marshall
Oct. 11   Arlington, Rehana Kausar, MD, and American Muslim Women Physicians Association
Oct. 17   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
Oct. 17   Irving, Bike Irving and T. Strong Transportation
Oct. 21   Sour Lake, Jefferson CMS and Alliance
Oct. 22   New Braunfels, Emily Briggs, MD, and Comal CMS
Oct. 23   Presidio, Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, and Presidio-Ojinaga Binational Health Council
Oct. 24   Corpus Christi, Amistad Community Health Center
Oct. 24   Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
Oct. 24   Port Lavaca, John Wright, MD, and Port Lavaca Clinic Associates
Oct. 24   Liberty Hill, William Coleman, MD, and Mission Liberty Hill Lutheran Church
Oct. 25   Friendswood, The University of Texas Medical Branch Friendswood Pediatric & Adult Primary Care
Oct. 29   Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
Oct. 29   Decatur, Christine Holland, MD, and Wise Family Practice Urgent Care*
Oct. 31   Fredericksburg, Hill Country Memorial Hospital
Oct. 31   Hamlin, Hamlin Memorial Hospital*
Nov. 14   Midland, Midland Pediatric Associates*
 Be Wise — Immunize 
Oct. 10   Galveston, The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (UTMB Health School of Medicine) students
Oct. 17   El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Science Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students
Oct. 17   Austin, Lamia Kadir, MD
Oct. 17   Laredo, Pediatrics Associates of Laredo*
Oct. 17   Galveston, UTMB Health School of Medicine students
Oct. 22   Waco, McLennan CMS, H-E-B, and YMCA of Central Texas 
Oct. 24   Granite Shoals, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital*
Oct. 24   Paris, Lamar-Delta CMS, Paris-Lamar County Health District*
Oct. 24   Brownsville, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Oct. 31   Burnet, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital
 Combined Events (Hard Hats and Be Wise) 
Oct. 13   Tyler, Smith CMS Alliance
Oct. 24   Weatherford, Parker CMS and Alliance

*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 Saturday   New Braunfels      Kari Fay, MD
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD+
First and Second Wednesday (weekly)
(starts Sept. 2)    
  Port Arthur   Tracie Updike, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)
(starts Sept. 3)      
  Tyler   Smith CMS and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD
Fourth Saturday (starts Oct. 24)   Midland   Manoher Gurru, MD
Last Wednesday (starts Oct. 30)   Sugar Land   Heather Hamilton, 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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