TMA Giving Back Newsletter

August 2014 

Join Hard Hats' 20th Birthday Bash

We don’t want you to miss out! Start planning for October — TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads statewide giveaway to celebrate the program’s 20th birthday. TMA wants to give 5,000 Texas children a free helmet during that month, and we need your help to reach that goal with at least 50 local events. 

Planning an event is as simple as 1, 2, 3:    

  1. Select a venue to give helmets (school, local festival, neighborhood night out event, just to name a few).
  2. Order your helmets and other event supplies from TMA at least a month in advance. We’ll even send you five free t-shirts for your volunteers!
  3. Secure volunteers and prepare for a rewarding giveaway.   

So far, we know of fewer than 10 events in the works for October. If you’re planning to host a Hard Hats event in October but haven’t let us know, sign up today. Whether this is your first event or your 20th, TMA wants you to be part of this extraordinary year. 

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Be Wise Vaccination Grants Available

Apply for a TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM grant to help fund your vaccination event. You have until Oct. 1 to complete our short, simple application for a Local Impact Grant of up to $2,000. Grants are available to TMA physician clinics/practices, medical students, TMA Alliance members, and county medical societies. Your vaccination event can target a particular vaccination, such as flu or pertussis, or focus on vaccinating a certain age group. Grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds, so apply for events you’re planning in the first half of 2015. Since 2012, 26 Local Impact Grants totaling more than $40,000 have been awarded to Texas communities. 

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Vaccination Outreach at Fall Conference

Be Wise — Immunize is offering two opportunities during TMA’s Fall Conference to prepare you to sponsor a vaccination event in your community and keep your vaccinations up to date: 

  • Vaccination Clinic: Physicians and their families, medical students, and office staff can get their annual flu vaccination and more from 7:45 am to 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Hyatt Lost Pines foyer. A variety of flu vaccination options, including the quadrivalent vaccination, will be available. Reserve your vaccination — payable onsite — when you register for the conference. The event is sponsored by TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and Be Wise — Immunize.  
  • Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting: Thinking of planning a Be Wise flu shot clinic or other vaccination event but don’t know where to start? Find out how on Thursday, Sept. 11, at our Be Wise outreach meeting from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm in the Gone to Texas Screening Room at the Hyatt Lost Pines. Bring a friend who hasn’t attended a meeting before, and we’ll enter your name into a drawing for $500 to use for a flu shot clinic in October. We’ll also answer any questions you have about a Be Wise grant application (see story above). 

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Start a Walk With a Doc

Walk With a Doc, TMA’s newest outreach program, encourages TMA physician members to host monthly walks with their patients and community members. Along with exercise, participants also receive education about healthy life choices and nutrition, take-home information, and merchandise. 

“This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Marvin Eng, MD, who has his first walk in San Antonio on Aug. 9. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.” 

Contact Debra Heater at TMA for more information.    

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Clinical Vaccinology Course

The National Foundation for Infectious Disease will host a clinical vaccinology course Nov. 7-9 at the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center. The course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines, such as updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination.

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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  

Aug. 1   Glen Rose, Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO
Aug. 2   San Antonio, Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry*
Aug. 2   Houston, UTHealth Medical School students and CT Church
Aug. 8   Houston, Sejal Desai, MD, and Harris County Precinct 1
Aug. 9   Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance and Fiona Prabhu, MD
Aug. 9   Pasadena, Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrics Department, Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center                        
Aug. 19   Pasadena, Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrics Department, Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center       
Aug. 23   Dallas, Dallas CMS Alliance
Aug. 23   Richardson, Charles Barker, MD, and St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church
Aug. 23   Stephenville, State Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO
Be Wise — Immunize
Aug. 2   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC)  
Aug. 4-8   Bedford, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 6   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 11-16   Arlington, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 14   Andrews, Andrews County Immunization Coalition*
Aug. 16   Portland, Medical Arts Clinic and other local organizations*
Aug. 18-29   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 19   Corpus Christi, Nueces CMS Alliance and South Texas Family Planning Clinic
Aug. 28   El Paso, Immunize El Paso
 Combined Hard Hats and Be Wise Events
Aug. 2   Corpus Christi, Nueces CMS Alliance and South Texas Family Planning Clinic
Aug. 9   San Antonio, Bexar CMS Alliance and City of San Antonio
Aug. 23   Temple, Bell CMS Alliance and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Student Community Health Initiative

*First event

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