TMA Giving Back Newsletter

November 2014 

Be Wise Awards Six Grants

TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM awarded six Local Impact Grants in October to help TMA physicians and medical students host events to vaccinate Texans against flu, pertussis, bacterial pneumonia, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Grantees include:  

  • Miguel A. Cavazos Jr., MD, and Pediatric Associates of Laredo: Children and adults will receive free flu vaccinations, and adults will receive Tdap vaccinations to protect them from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The event will be in collaboration with Texas A&M International University. 

  • Cuero Community Hospital: Senior citizens will learn about the importance of being vaccinated against shingles, and some will receive a free vaccination. Drs. Deborah Aguilar, Daniel Dugi, Mark Heard, Raymond Reese, and Michael R. McLeod will participate in the project, which will extend beyond Cuero to Goliad, Kenedy, Nixon, and Yorktown. 

  • Love to Share Foundation America: Brazoria County children and adults will receive free flu vaccinations, and senior citizens will receive bacterial pneumonia vaccinations at the Life and Soul Health Fair in November. TMA members Lekshmi Nair, MD, and Hema Salvady, MD, will participate in the annual event. 

  • Arti Lal, MD, Austin, and Baylor Scott & White Avery Ranch Clinic: Children will receive free flu vaccinations at the clinic’s first community health fair in November. 

  • TMA Chapter at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine: Medical students will work with the Department of Public Health-City of El Paso to provide free vaccinations to children and adults in the Ysleta community at the RotaCare/Texas Tech Free Clinic.

  • TMA Chapter at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston: Medical students will provide free vaccinations to children and adolescents in impoverished areas of Harris County, in collaboration with Harris Health System’s TroubleShooters immunization program.   

Need funds to create or expand an immunization event? Apply for a Be Wise Local Impact GrantGrant applications for the next cycle are due March 1, 2015. Be Wise has secured additional grant funds for 2015. TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics can apply for a grant of up to $2,500.

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Holiday Helmets

Holiday bike giveaways are a great opportunity for a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads event. If a local organization in your community gives bikes during December, consider pairing a helmet with each bike so the kids can ride safely. Be sure to order your helmets before Thanksgiving to ensure timely delivery. 

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Free Vaccines, Medical Supplies

AmeriCares, a global humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, partners with safety net organizations to provide free medications, vaccines, and medical supplies for uninsured and underinsured populations. AmeriCares is the largest distributor of medications in the United States and abroad, empowered by donations from 200 pharmaceutical corporations. Becoming an AmeriCares partner gives nonprofit organizations free access to hundreds of medical products, including flu and Tdap vaccine, to serve patients whose income is below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. To find out more, contact AmeriCares by email or by phone at (203) 658-9690.

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Jump Start Your 2015 Vaccination Outreach

Mark your calendar for the next Be Wise Outreach Meeting during TMA’s Winter Conference in Austin. Anyone interested in learning more about Be Wise or how to host a vaccination event is welcome. The meeting will be Friday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 pm. Bring a friend, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for $50 of event supplies.

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Walk With a Doc Texas Builds Trusted Leaders

Walk With a Doc (WWAD), TMA’s newest outreach program, now has 16 active physician members who host monthly walks with their patients and community members. Wellness Ally Award winner, Susan Pike, MD, Georgetown, and Piyush Mittal, MD, Lubbock, are starting their second year with the WWAD program. Become a trusted leader in your community by hosting a WWAD event. 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
Nov. 1   Tomball, Linda Flower, MD, and Tomagwa HealthCare Ministries
Nov. 1   Austin, Drs. Mary Ann Gonzales and Lisa Doggett* 
Nov. 1   San Antonio, Mary Nguyen, MD
Nov. 8   Knox City, Knox County Hospital District*
Nov. 8   Austin, Tracey Haas, DO, and Learn to Be Foundation*
Nov. 8   Pearland, Robert Fayle, MD*
Nov. 8   Houston, Vijaya Mallela, MD, and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston family medicine residency program*
Nov. 12   Woodsboro, James Mobley, MD 
Nov. 15   Corpus Christi, Driscoll Children’s Hospital Residency Program*
Nov. 15   Fort Worth, Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance
Be Wise — Immunize  
Nov. 15   Austin, Arti Lal, MD, and Baylor Scott & White Avery Ranch Clinic*
Nov. 22   El Paso, TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students
Combined Events 
Nov. 15   Manvel, Love to Share Foundation America

*First-time sponsor


Walk With a Doc        
Date                                   Location             Sponsor                                                                                                             
Monthly (varies)   Austin   Julie Reardon, MD
Last Saturday   Burnet   Sarah Hughes, MD
Third Thursday   Cuero   Michael McLeod, MD, and Cuero Community Hospital
First Thursday   Dallas   Charles E. Bell, MD
Varies   Dallas   Sarah Helfand, MD
First Thursday   Edinburg   Belinda Jordan, MD
Second Saturday   Georgetown   Susan Pike, MD+
Nov. 15 (monthly)   Houston   Afua Agyarko, MD
First Saturday   Lake Jackson   Alisa Berger, MD
Nov. 1 (monthly)   Lamesa   Cornelia de Riese, MD
Second Saturday                   Lubbock    Piyush Mittal, MD+
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD
First Saturday   San Antonio   Michelle Harden, MD
Second Saturday   San Antonio   Marvin Eng, 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

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