TMA Giving Back Newsletter

April 2015 

Be Wise Awards Grants for Vaccination Events

TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM has awarded eight Local Impact Grants to help TMA physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students host events to vaccinate Texans against the flu, meningococcal disease, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Grantees and their projects are:   

  • Bexar County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance: Local residents will receive flu vaccinations at a community event. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine TMA chapter will participate. 
  • Fort Bend CMS Alliance: Fort Bend Independent School District students will receive needed back-to-school vaccinations.
  • Erica Hughes, MD, Burnet, and Seton Highland Lakes: Burnet County children and adolescents will receive flu vaccinations. 
  • Malea Maynard, MD, Dallas, and Christ’s Family Clinic: “Working poor” Dallas residents will receive flu vaccinations at a fall flu clinic. 
  • Nueces CMS Alliance: Del Mar College students in Corpus Christi will receive vaccinations against meningococcal disease required for college admission.
  • Smith CMS Alliance: Child care workers, parents, and children at a Tyler day care center will be vaccinated against flu and other preventable childhood diseases. 
  • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTHealth) TMA chapter: Underserved Houston residents will receive flu vaccinations at a church health fair. 
  • Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth: Low-income Haltom City residents will receive flu vaccinations at a local health fair in October.    

Check out the recently released 2015 vaccination schedules to start planning your Be Wise vaccination event, and apply for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant to help fund it. Applications are due July 1 for grants up to $2,500 to be awarded by Sept. 1, available to TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics.   

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Bike Into a Safe Summer

May is a great time to host a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway. It’s Bike Month, and it offers several opportunities to give helmets:  

TMA will send a media advisory to alert local media of helmet giveaways across the state during the month. To be included in the Bike Month advisory, we need your May event information by Monday, April 20: name of your event, date, time, location including address, local sponsor, and contact information for the person in charge on the day of your event (name and cell phone number) so the media have someone to call.

TMA also can help you publicize your event locally. We have sample media tools you can customize for your event, or TMA can send an announcement to your local media.  

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Let's Talk Outreach

If you’ll be in Austin for TexMed/AllMed May 1-2, take advantage of these TMA outreach program activities: 

  • Be part of Hard Hats’ 200,000th helmet celebration: Watch the Texas Legislature formally recognize Hard Hats’ founder Larry Driver, MD, of Houston on Thursday, April 30, during TexMed at the Capitol, 2-4 pm. Then stop by Booth 142 in the TexMed Expo Hall to visit about your next event to keep the momentum going beyond our 200,000th helmet milestone. 
  • Attend a Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting (and have a chance to win free merchandise): Thinking of planning a Be Wise vaccination event but don’t know where to start? Find out how on Friday, May 1, at our Be Wise outreach meeting 2:15-3:15 pm in Room 402 of the Hilton Austin. Bring a friend, and you’ll both be entered into a drawing to win $50 in free merchandise for your Be Wise event.     

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As Texas’ Obesity Rate Grows, Physicians Help Patients Start Walking

A new study reports more adult Texans are obese, so TMA’s Walk With a Doc (WWAD) program encourages healthy, sustainable physical activity. Physicians lead their patients on a monthly walk to model a healthy lifestyle.

From 2013 to 2014, obesity among Texas adults — those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher — increased from 29.2 percent to 30.9 percent, according to the United Health Foundation’s annual report. The unhealthiest areas of the state are far South Texas along the Mexico border and in deep East Texas. 

TMA provides everything you need to start a WWAD event in your community: T-shirts, pedometers, liability insurance, and marketing materials. Contact Debra Heater to find out how you can join the movement.    

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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
April 11   Brenham, Pilot Club of Brenham and Brenham High School Anchor Club*
April 11   Kyle, City of Kyle Parks & Recreation Department and Pediatric Junction
April 11   Houston, UTHealth Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program
April 11   Waco, Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council*
April 11      Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls CMS Alliance and City of Wichita Falls Traffic Department
April 16   LaGrange, LaGrange Breakfast Lions
April 18   Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center students
April 18   Marble Falls, Sandra Thomas, MD, and Children’s Health Center
April 18   Wylie, Pediatric Associates of Wylie and Wylie Independent School District*
April 23   Laredo, Luis Benavides, MD, and Laredo Community College Camilo Prada Child Development Center          
April 18   Marble Falls, Sandra Thomas, MD, and Children’s Health Center
April 18   Sulphur Springs, Texas Department of State Health Services, Region 4/5 North*
April 25   Channelview, Steven Dennis, MD, and Channelview Independent School District*
April 25   Austin, Scott & White Clinic-Cedar Park West*
April 25   Corsicana, Navarro Regional Hospital*
April 25   Austin, Texas Orthopedics*
April 26   Dallas, Pediatric Associates of Dallas*
April 29   Beaumont, Jefferson CMS Alliance
May 1   Round Rock, Round Rock Police Department*
May 2   Houston, Elizabeth Noser, MD 
May 9   Lubbock, Luis Fernando Arandia-Antelo, MD, and Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society Alliance
May 9   Marshall, Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall
Be Wise — Immunize
April 25   New Braunfels, Comal County Office of Public Health
  Combined Events (Hard Hats and Be Wise) 
April 25   Dallas, UTSW Pediatric Interest Group 

*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. 

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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