TMA Giving Back Newsletter

September 2015 


Last Call for October Outreach

If you’re planning a TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM flu shot clinic or Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway in October, let TMA know! We will alert the media of all events around the state in a news advisory. To have your event listed, send us your event information by Monday, Sept. 21.

We need these details: the name of your event, date and time, location and address, cell phone number for the person in charge on the day of your event in case the media want to reach you, and whether the event is closed or open to the public. For Be Wise, we also need to know if your shots are free or low-cost. 

If you haven’t already ordered helmets for your October event, please do so quickly so we can get them delivered in time. And be sure to order your Be Wise educational or giveaway items today. Just in time for flu shot clinics, TMA has a new flu facts infographic you can download, post on social media, or request printed copies of to display or hand out. 

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Be Wise Awards Grants for Vaccination Events

Be Wise — Immunize recently awarded seven Local Impact Grants to help TMA physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students host events to vaccinate Texans against the flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Grantees and their projects are:     

  • Lamia Kadir, MD, Austin: Underserved children and adults will receive free flu shots at a local community festival in October. 
  • James Mobley, MD, Portland, and Medical Arts Clinic: Adults will receive free pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccinations. 
  • Drs. Leksmi Nair and Hema Salvady, Manvel, along with Love to Share Foundation America: Local residents will receive free flu and shingles vaccinations at an annual health fair in Brazoria County.
  • TMA Alliance member Libby Malone, Austin, and the Junior League of Austin: Local children will receive free flu vaccinations at the League’s 29th annual Coats for Kids event in December. 
  • Paris-Lamar County Health District, along with Lamar-Delta County Medical Society (CMS): Local adults will receive free flu shots at a drive-through clinic in October. 
  • South Plains Immunization Network, along with Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance: Low-income adults in Lubbock will receive a free flu vaccination. 
  • Students Improving Global Health in Texas chapter at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTHealth): Adults and children in Brownsville will receive free flu vaccinations as part of a UTHealth mobile health outreach project.    

TMA’s Local Impact Grants program provides funds for new or expanded vaccination events. TMA and TMA Alliance (TMAA) members, county medical societies, and medical student groups can apply for funding up to $2,500. So far in 2015, TMA has awarded 18 Local Impact Grants. 

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Be a Be Wise Ambassador

Earn a chance to win $50 in free Be Wise merchandise at the Be Wise outreach meeting during the TMAA Regional Conference/TMA Fall Conference. We’ll enter your name into the drawing if you attend the meeting for the first time or bring someone who hasn’t attended before. The meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 24, from 3 pm to 4 pm in the Austin Colony room at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa. RSVP by Sept. 15 if you plan to attend.  

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Walk With a Doc Goes the Extra Mile

Cardiologist and founder of Walk With a Doc (WWAD) David Sabgir, MD, of Ohio was just named one of CNN’s Heroes. TMA supports the WWAD program and offers WWAD Texas free to member physicians. Dr. Sabgir’s passion and dedication to his patients’ quality of life are an inspiration, so ditch your white coat for walking shoes and join the movement. To find out how you can get involved, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390.  

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Honoring Outstanding Health Reporting

The results are in on the 2015 TMA Anson Jones, MD, Award winners. Each year TMA honors journalists from across the state for excellence in health reporting with the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards. TMA recognizes print, broadcast, and online journalists in 10 categories, as well as physician journalists. TMA physicians presented the 2015 awards to journalists in newsroom ceremonies or at local county medical society meetings. 

Now we need your help to find the best news of 2015. If you’ve seen, heard, or read an outstanding article this year, nominate it for an 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. 

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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 on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sept. 12   Galveston, Galveston CMS*
Sept. 12   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
Sept. 12   Cedar Park, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
Sept. 12   , Plano, Rommana Aziz, DO, and American Muslim Women’s Physician Association
Sept. 19   Tyler, East Texas Medical Center Trauma Service
Sept. 19    The Woodlands, Greater Houston Foundation for Medical Research & Education
Sept. 23   Beaumont, Jefferson CMS and Alliance
Sept. 26   Georgetown, Candida Suffridge, MD, and Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock 
Oct. 3   Cedar Park, Cedar Park Pediatric & Family Medicine*
Oct. 3   Odessa, Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa
Oct. 3   Edinburg, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance
Oct. 3   Dallas, Dallas CMS Alliance
Oct. 6   San Marcos, Texas State University* 
Combined Events (Hard Hats and Be Wise) 
Sept. 19   New Braunfels, Lowe’s
Sept. 26   Manvel, Lekshmi Nair, MD, and Love to Share Foundation America
Sept. 27   San Antonio, Bexar CMS Alliance, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine students

*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. 

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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