TMA Giving Back Newsletter

June 2015 

Money for Your Vaccination Event: Apply by July 1

TMA wants to help you bring a vaccination event to your community with a grant from TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM. Simply complete an online application for a Local Impact Grant of up to $2,500 and submit it to TMA by July 1.  

“The grants are priceless,” said Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, of Fort Worth. “The Be Wise — Immunize grant propelled me to move forward with a community health initiative.” In March, Dr. Vaughn received his second Be Wise grant to provide flu vaccinations to underserved residents of Haltom City. 

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. The money can be used for new or expanded shot clinics targeting underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults. 

A grant can be a catalyst for greater community impact. Dr. Vaughn said the grant not only helped him promote vaccination awareness, but also opened the door to promote awareness of other chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.   

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.  

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Countdown to National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Schedule your Be Wise — Immunize back-to-school vaccination event today. Remember to order your supplies at least a month beforehand. If you need ideas or help planning a vaccination or educational event, give TMA a call. 

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Blog Your Passion

Encourage your fellow Texans to live safer and healthier by sharing your thoughts on TMA’s Me and My Doctor blog. Alpine physician Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, said this in a recent post: “A rider’s helmet is the most important piece of equipment to help prevent an accidental injury when he or she rides a horse — or a bicycle.”  

Dr. Billings, a member of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads advisory panel, then shared a personal story of a recent spill from his horse: ”I was fortunate; even though I have considered myself a role model for bicyclists and always wear my bicycle helmet when riding, I was not wearing a helmet while horseback riding that day. I felt very lucky, but I was embarrassed that I was not modeling good safety etiquette. I am now shopping for an equestrian helmet!” 

Read the post in its entirety and start thinking about what message you could share. Your post on Me and My Doctor can be a photo, video, written message, or combination of any of those about your outreach event or any health topic you’re passionate about.  

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 Why Walk (With a Doc)? 

Why walk? TMA’s newest outreach program, Walk With a Doc, encourages TMA physician members to host monthly walks with their patients and community members.  Besides setting an example of good health, here are some reasons to start a Walk With a Doc program in your community: 

  • Boost heart health: The American Heart Association says even moderate-level activities offer health benefits; 
  • Reduce stress and boost energy: Besides improving heart health, walking helps to decrease stress, achieve weight loss/control, improve circulation, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels; and 
  • Meet new friends and have fun: People are more likely to stick with an exercise routine they enjoy. With the friendly faces and encouragement you’ll find at the park, you and your patients can make great strides toward a healthier lifestyle. 

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 on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads
June 6   Carrollton, Rehana Kausar, MD, and American Muslim Women Physician Association    
June 8   ,El Paso, Border Regional Advisory Council*
June 20     Weslaco, Knapp Medical Center*
June 25   Coleman, Coleman County Medical Center 
July 25      Columbus, Columbus Community Hospital
Be Wise — Immunize
June 13-14    New Braunfels, New Braunfels Pediatric Associates*

*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
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   Houston   Amanda parker, 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 Saturday   New Braunfels      Kari Fay, MD
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD+
Second Saturday   San Antonio   Marvin Eng, MD
First Saturday   San Antonio   Michelle Harden, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)        San Antonio   Ellen Lin, MD, and Manuel Ybarra, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)          Tyler   Smith County Medical Society and Li-Yu Mitchell, 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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