TMA Giving Back Newsletter

September 2014 

Last Call for Helmet Giveaways in October

It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss: TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads 20th birthday blitz in October. You still have time to plan a helmet giveaway to help Hard Hats celebrate 20 years of keeping kids safe. Our goal is to have 50 bike helmet giveaways across the state, and we’re inching our way up with about 20 events at press time. Host an event in your community to help us reach that goal.

TMA will send a media advisory announcing all events during the month. Let us know by Monday, Sept. 15, if you’re planning an event so we can add you to our growing list of sponsors. We need the name of your event, date, time, location and address, and cell phone number for the person in charge on the day of your event. 

Check out these ideas for events or come up with another idea for your giveaway. If you belong to a multicounty medical society, consider hosting a giveaway in each of those counties or reaching out to one for the first time. 

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Vaccination Event Opportunities

October also is a big month for TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM. Check out these opportunities: 

  • Money for your shot clinic: You have until Oct. 1 to submit your application for a Local Impact Grant. TMA offers grants up to $2,000 to TMA physician clinics/practices, medical students, TMA Alliance members, and county medical societies (CMSs). Monies can be used for new or expanded shot clinics to immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults. Applicants have until Dec. 31, 2015, to use the funds. To jumpstart your event, use the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide and these Be Wise event ideas
  • Plan an event for Influenza Awareness Day: In conjunction with Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1, Be Wise wants to have at least six flu clinics across the state in October. We’ll announce all events to the media. To have your event listed in TMA’s media advisory, send us this information by Monday, Sept. 15: name of your event, location and address, date and time, and cell phone number for person in charge on the day of the event. And be sure to order your Be Wise educational or giveaway items today.  

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Be a Be Wise Ambassador

Bring someone new to the Be Wise outreach meeting during the TMAA Regional Meeting/TMA Fall Conference, and we’ll enter you both into a drawing for $50 in merchandise for your Be Wise event and into another drawing for $500 to use for a flu clinic in October. We’ll also enter anyone who comes to the meeting for the first time. The meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm in the Gone to Texas Screening Room at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa.

TMA staff will answer your questions and share ideas for events. And we’ll help you prepare an application for a Local Impact GrantRSVP  by Tuesday, Sept. 9. If you have a specific question you’d like us to address, include that with your reply. 

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Fight the Flu

Remember, you can get your annual flu vaccination during TMA’s Fall Conference. Stop by the Hyatt Lost Pines Ballroom foyer between 7:45 am and 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 13. A variety of flu vaccination options, including the quadrivalent vaccination, will be available and payable on site. The event is sponsored by TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and Be Wise — Immunize.

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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 14 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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The Science of Vaccines

PBS’ NOVA will premiere “Vaccines — Calling the Shots” on Sept. 10 at 8 pm Central. The documentary features scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions. The film explores the history and science behind vaccinations, tracks outbreaks, and sheds light on the risks of opting out.

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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  

Sept. 6   Plano, Rehauna Kausar, MD
Sept. 6   El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students
Sept. 7   Dallas, Central Lutheran Church*
Sept. 12   Odessa, Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa
Sept. 13   New Braunfels, Lowe’s
Sept. 13   Lewisville, Tamra Deuser, MD, and Christian Community Action                       
Sept. 18   Austin, Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Foundation Communities
Sept. 18   Austin, Lamia Kadir, MD*       
Sept. 20   Lufkin, Pilot Club of Lufkin
Sept. 20   Tyler, East Texas Medical Center-Tyler
Sept. 21   Coleman, Coleman County Medical Center*
Sept. 27   Kermit, Winkler County Memorial Hospital*
Be Wise — Immunize
Sept. 27   San Antonio, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine students 
Combined Hard Hats and Be Wise Events
Sept. 9   Tyler, Smith CMS Alliance
Sept. 5-13      Kilgore, Drs. James Repasky and Karen Roberts, and Gregg-Upshur CMS 

*First event


Walk With a Doc        
Date                                   Location             Sponsor                                                                                                             
Monthly   Austin   Julie Reardon, MD
Last Saturday   Burnet   Sarah Hughes, MD
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
First Saturday (weekly)                   Lake Jackson   Alisa Berger, MD
Varies   Pearland   Stephanie Freeman, MD
Second Saturday   San Antonio   Marvin Eng, MD
Sept. 18 (weekly)   Tyler   Smith CMS and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD
Sept. 18 (weekly)   San Antonio   Ellen Lin, MD and Manuel Ybarra, MD

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