TMA Giving Back Newsletter

July 2015 

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 that lists events during National Immunization Awareness Month. To include your event, send this information to Tammy Wishard by July 20: 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).

And be sure to order your event supplies a month in advance (which means this month for August events). We’re giving up to five free t-shirts this year for a Be Wise event, so be sure to include those on your order. 

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October Outreach: Plan Now

October seems far off as summer heats up, but now is not too early to start thinking about a fall Hard Hats or Be Wise event. TMA has two outreach opportunities in October to help you give back:   

  • Hard Hats for Little Heads Month: Last October, we declared October TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Month to celebrate the program’s 20th birthday. It was such a huge success with a record 48 helmet giveaway events that we want Hard Hats for Little Heads Month to become an annual event. Look for a fall festival or National Night Out event with which to pair a helmet giveaway, or plan a stand-alone event. 
  • Influenza Awareness Day: Be Wise — Immunize wants to have at least eight flu vaccination clinics in October, which marks the start of flu season. You can plan your clinic any time during the month, from Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1 through the end of the month.     

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 Walk With a Doc Success: Tyler and Smith CMS

Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, of Tyler, and the Smith County Medical Society (CMS) have been walking the talk for a year, drawing about 350 citizens to 33 Walk With a Doc (WWAD) events. They have done it so well Dr. Mitchell recently received the Fit City Tyler Inspiration Award.

“In our world of 15-minute office visits, the program gives our community physicians and patients a way to connect in a more personal, unhurried way,” said Dr. Mitchell.

Dr. Mitchell and the CMS work together to host the weekly walks, coordinate physician-led education at each event, spread the word, and involve local media. Dr. Mitchell credits their success to dedication of her physician colleagues. 

Dr. Mitchell says it has been rewarding to see some of the “regulars” become friends who exercise together more frequently. “To me that’s the point of a program like this — and what makes it all worthwhile — to help make a change one life at a time.”

WWAD Texas encourages TMA physician members to host monthly or weekly walks with their patients and community members. It fosters the patient-physician relationship and encourages a community to be fit together. If you would like get involved, contact Debra Heater

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Keep Track With ImmTrac

Texans now can keep their vaccination records in the state registry until they turn 26 years of age. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law this TMA priority public health bill to prevent the automatic deletion of an 18-year-old’s immunization records from the ImmTrac state registry. Now, unless a person opts out, the state will keep the records until the person turns age 26 before destroying them. The records can be preserved longer if a person opts in, or takes action to preserve them. The law takes effect Sept. 1. Prior to this, 18-year-olds had to submit a written request to preserve their own records before they turned 19, or their records were destroyed.  

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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
July 11   Wichita Falls, Wichita CMS Alliance
July 11   Houston, Mark Ward, MD, and Baylor MedPeds Program
July 25     Columbus, Columbus Community Hospital
Aug. 1   Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
Aug. 8      Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
Aug. 11   San Antonio, Lloyd Van Winkle, MD
Aug. 12   Houston, Good Neighbor Health Center
Be Wise — Immunize
July 10   Webster, Angelina Farella, MD
Aug. 1   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC)
Aug. 3-7   Bedford, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 3-15   Lubbock, Luis Arandia-Antelo, MD*
Aug. 8    Portland, James Mobley, MD, Portland; Delbert Edwardson, MD, Aransas Pass; First United Methodist Church of Portland  and other local organizations
Aug. 10-15   Arlington, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 15 and 25     Channelview, Donald Niño, MD; Rotary Club of North Shore; U.S. Rep. Gene Green; and Harris County Health Department*
Aug. 17-28   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 19   Corpus Christi, Nueces CMS Alliance and South Texas Family Planning Clinic
Aug. 20   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
 Combined Events (Hard Hats and Be Wise) 
Aug. 5   Edinburg, Martin Garza, MD, and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance*

*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
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   HIllsboro   Heather Derington, DO
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+
Second Saturday                   Lubbock    Piyush Mittal, MD+
Third Saturday   New Braunfels      Kari Fay, MD
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD+
Every Wednesday (weekly)
(starts Sept. 2)    
  Port Arthur   Tracie Updike, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)
(starts Sept. 3)      
  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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