TMA Giving Back Newsletter

July 2014 

Promoting Immunization Awareness Month

If you’re planning a TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM vaccination event in August, let us know so we can add to it TMA’s media advisory listing events during National Immunization Awareness Month. To include your event, provide this information by July 20 to Tammy Wishard: name of event, date and time of event, location (including address), local sponsor, cost of vaccinations (free versus low-cost), and event contact name with cell phone number (so the media can contact you for more details).

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Help TMA Give Away 5,000 Helmets

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is celebrating 20 years of keeping kids safe. In celebration of the landmark, TMA wants to give away 5,000 helmets in October, and we need your help. Sponsor a helmet giveaway event in your community or give away helmets in your office.

Hosting a Hard Hats event is easy: TMA provides everything you need: free helmets, banners, event signage, promotional flyers, educational handouts, and media relations support. We’ll even give you up to five free anniversary t-shirts for your volunteers. Sign up today. If October doesn’t work for an event in your community, any month is a good time for a helmet giveaway.

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Grant Money Available for Your Next Event

Several grants are available through TMA and the TMA Foundation (TMAF) to support local vaccination and other health priority projects:

  • Be Wise —Immunize offers Local Impact Grants of up to $2,000 to help fund a shot clinic. Grant applications are due Oct. 1. Awardees have up to 12 months to use the funds. Eligible applicants are TMA physician members, county medical societies (CMSs), and TMA Alliance and medical student chapters.
  • TMAF offers Medical Community Grants and Medical Student Leadership Grants for CMSs and CMS alliance chapters, and for medical student chapters. Deadlines are July 31 and Aug. 29, respectively. Ideal programs address TMA priorities such as immunizations, obesity, and tobacco, and feature collaborations among medicine, business, and the community. Society and alliance chapters can receive up to $7,500; medical student chapters may apply for up to $3,000.   

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Walk With a Doc Texas

TMA’s newest outreach program, Walk With a Doc, encourages TMA physicians 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 decrease stress, aid in weight loss/control, improve circulation, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 
  • 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 — 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  

July 3   Gonzales, Seivers Medical Clinic*
July 11   Lake Jackson, Drs. Alisa Berger, Sreekar Maruvada, and Lucy Ryan* 
July 12   Texarkana, Faith Assembly of God*
July 15   Tyler, East Texas Medical Center Trauma Service
July 26   Columbus, Thomas Mueller, MD, and Columbus Community Hospital
July 26   Houston, Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric and Adolescent Health Clinic-Pasadena                        
July 26   The University of Texas Medical School (UTHealth Medical School) medical students and CT Church
Aug. 1   Glen Rose, Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO
Aug. 2   Corpus Christi, Nueces CMS Alliance
Aug. 2   San Antonio, Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry*
Aug. 2   Houston, UTHealth Medical School students and CT Church
Be Wise — Immunize
July 18   Austin, Passport Health*
Aug. 2   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC)  
Aug. 2   Corpus Christi, Nueces CMS Alliance
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. 16   Portland, Medical Arts Clinic and other local organizations*
Aug. 18-29   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Sept. 9   Tyler, Smith CMS Alliance
Walk With a Doc
Austin, Julie Reardon, MD
Burnet, Sarah Hughes, MD
Dallas, Sarah Helfand, MD
Dallas, Charles E. Bell, MD
Edinburg, Linda Villarreal, MD
Edinburg, Belinda Jordan, MD
Georgetown, Susan Pike, MD
Lake Jackson, Alisa Berger, MD
Paris, Amanda Green, MD
Pearland, Stephanie Freeman, MD 
San Antonio, Michelle Harden, MD 
San Antonio, Marvin Eng, MD 

*First event

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