TMA Giving Back Newsletter

February 2015 

200,000 Helmets and Counting

You did it. Thanks to everyone who helped TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads celebrate its 20th birthday by hosting bicycle helmet giveaways in 2014. We set records and reached the milestone of giving away the 200,000th helmet. With your help, TMA:  

  • Gave away Hard Hats for Little Heads’ 200,000th helmet;
  • Gave away 36,825 helmets — the most helmets given away in a year;
  • Sponsored a record 204 events; 
  • Had 48 events during October, which we declared Hard Hats for Little Heads Month; and 
  • Reached 13 new counties.   

A huge thanks to the TMA physicians and medical students, TMA Alliance members, county medical societies, and Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) and Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) members who hosted local giveaways. TAFP physicians sponsored 70 events, and TPS physicians sponsored 23. 

Let’s keep the momentum going in 2015. Sponsor a helmet giveaway during the next three months: March, Brain Injury Awareness Month; April, Child Safety Month in Texas; and May, Bike Month. Or start planning now for October, Hard Hats for Little Heads month. 

Shipping cost increase: For the first time in eight years, the shipping cost on helmets has increased 25 cents per helmet for delivery to a business address. That will bring the total cost of the helmets to $7.60 each, still a bargain at that price and an even better bargain when you add in the TMA match. For residential delivery, it’s an additional 50 cents per helmet ($8.10 each). 

Find event ideas and much more in the Hard Hats event toolkit. Contact Tammy Wishard to request an order packet or to learn more about hosting an event.

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Money for Your Vaccination Event: Apply by March 1

Funding a TMA Be Wise—ImmunizeSM vaccination event doesn’t get much easier: Simply complete an online application for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant and send it to TMA by March 1. This year, TMA has increased the award cap to $2,500.

The grants — available to TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters — can kick-start a shot clinic in your community. For Lamia Kadir, MD, Austin, the grant was what she needed to turn her vaccination event into something bigger.  

“I am new to private practice and always looking for ways to build bridges with the community. Our Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grant was the impetus for us to expand our vaccination event into a health fair,” said Dr. Kadir. Mammograms, blood pressure checks, glucose/cholesterol screenings, and other health resources were offered at the fair. 

Be Wise Local Impact Grants can help fund a new shot clinic or expand an existing event. Any recommended vaccination from flu to bacterial pneumonia is eligible. Check out the new 2015 immunization schedules. Grant recipients have up to 12 months to use their funds. 

Dr. Kadir said the application process doesn’t take much time, and the payoff was worth it. “This event was so well-received, I am motivated to host a free health fair every year,” said Dr. Kadir. 

Since the Local Impact Grants program began in 2012, TMA has awarded 33 grants totaling more than $55,000. 

For help planning your free or low-cost vaccination event, check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide and Be Wise Event Ideas. TMA will accept applications again on July 1 and Nov. 1. 

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Welcome Morgan!

Morgan Garrison, a student at The University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health, has joined TMA as outreach assistant. She will ensure you get your Hard Hats and Be Wise event merchandise/supplies on time. Her email address will appear as “CommTemp.” Morgan replaces Anthony Guerra, who did a fantastic job keeping up with all the helmet orders during the program’s busiest year. After graduating from UT in December, Anthony headed to Nicaragua to work as a volunteer at an orphanage.

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Free T-shirts for Your Be Wise Event

TMA is offering up to five free t-shirts for Be Wise — Immunize events during 2015. The red t-shirts with the Be Wise logo help identify volunteers and help brand your shot clinic as a Be Wise event. All you need to do is add the t-shirts to your Be Wise order

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Physicians Build Walking Programs 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. 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
Feb. 15   Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority*
Feb. 19   College Station, Texas ENT & Allergy
Feb. 21   Bryan, Robert Wiprud Jr., MD,* and Texas A&M University Health Science Center students
Feb. 28   Hillsboro, Heather Derington, DO, and Hill Family Medicine*
March 8       Plano, Faryal Ghaffar, MD;* Rehana Kausar, MD; and American Muslim Women Physicians Association 
Combined Events 
Feb. 28   El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students

*First-time sponsor


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 Thursday   New Braunfels      Kari Fay, 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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