TMA Giving Back Newsletter

Spring 2014 

Bike Into a Safe Summer

May, Bike Month, provides a great reason to host a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway. And if you need another reason, here are four more why May is a good time to give away bicycle helmets: 

Join with your colleagues who are hosting events in May. Every event counts and helps us reach our goal of giving 34,000 Texas children a new helmet in 2014 to celebrate 20 years of keeping kids safe through the Hard Hats program.

TMA will send a media advisory alerting media about events in their area. If you want your event added, send your information by Friday, April 18. We need the name of your event, date, time, location and address, and contact information (cell phone number) for the person in charge on the day of your event. 

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 Be Wise Awards Grants for Vaccination Events

A record number of Be Wise — ImmunizeSM Local Impact Grants were awarded to TMA physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance chapters in April to vaccinate Texans against flu, human papillomavirus (HPV), pertussis, bacterial pneumonia, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Congratulations and thanks for helping improve Texas’ vaccination rates:   

  • Jonathan E. MacClements, MD, and Northeast Texas Health District will give HPV vaccinations to 100 females aged 11-26 through a local vaccination coalition effort. 
  • James A. Mobley, MD, Portland, in conjunction with several community organizations, will help prevent pertussis in infants by vaccinating low-income parents and grandparents in the Coastal Bend area of Texas, where several infants died of pertussis in 2013. 
  • Sidney T. Robin, MD, Austin, will work through Passport Health to provide adult vaccinations to a low-income, uninsured refugee community in North Austin. 
  • Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth, will vaccinate low-income Haltom City residents against the flu at a local health fair in October. 
  • Penny E. Jeffery, MD, and Stephen F. Austin State University Student Health Services will expand a 2013 flu clinic for college students. 
  • Nueces County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance plans to vaccinate Del Mar College students against meningococcal disease.
  • Smith CMS Alliance will protect child care workers, parents, and children at a local day-care center against flu and other preventable childhood diseases. 
  • Williamson CMS Alliance will provide 500 flu vaccinations to families within the Georgetown Independent School District (GISD), in conjunction with GISD.
  • Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine TMA chapter will vaccinate underserved and uninsured women during a Women’s Health Day at the TTUHSC Free Clinic/Lubbock IMPACT.
  • The University of Texas (UT) Medical School at Houston TMA chapter will administer flu vaccinations to families in Cameron County through the Frontera de Salud Texas-Mexico Border Health Service Initiative. 
  • UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine TMA chapter plans to vaccinate San Antonio residents at a local homeless shelter against bacterial pneumonia. 

Check out the Be Wise Local Impact Grants to fund your start-up or expanded immunization event. Grant applications are due Oct. 1 for the next round of funding. Grants of $500 to $2,000 are available to county medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices/clinics. 

Let's Talk Outreach

Are you coming to TexMed/AllMed May 2-3 in Fort Worth? If so, please plan to participate in these two TMA outreach program activities: 

  • Enter to win 50 free helmets in the Expo Hall: Stop by Booth 118 to sign up to win 50 free helmets for your giveaway. 
  • Attend a Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting: Thinking of planning a Be Wise vaccination event but don’t know where to start? Find out how on Friday, May 2, at our Be Wise outreach meeting from 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm in Sundance 1 in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. These meetings work: Three of the Local Impact Grant recipients participated in these meetings at TMA’s Fall and Winter conferences, where they learned what was needed to put on an event. 

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Physicians Join Be Wise Advisory Panel

Four physicians have joined the Be Wise — Immunize Advisory Panel: Wendy M. Chung, MD, MSPH, a pediatric infectious disease specialist from Dallas; Martin Garza, MD, a pediatrician from Edinburg; Katharina Hathaway, MD, an Austin family physician; and Daniel V. Vijjeswarapu, MD, a Corpus Christi pediatrician. The physician panel provides expertise to drive the program’s activities. Welcome! 

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For information about any of these TMA programs, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. You also can help support Hard Hats or Be Wise with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which provides funding for both.

Double your impact with a gift now to Hard Hats. A generous donor has offered to donate $10,500 to the program if TMA Foundation can raise that much in additional gifts. Help Hard Hats be successful with your gift today.

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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  

April 5   Houston, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center
April 5   Richardson, Khalida Yasmin, MD, and American Muslim Women Physicians Association
April 5   Fort Worth Tarrant CMS Alliance
April 5   Levelland, Nadia Toor, MD; South Plains Rural Health Service; and Amerigroup
April 5   Wichita Falls, Wichita CMS Alliance and City of Wichita Falls Traffic Department
April 10   Laredo, Luis Benevides, MD, and Laredo Community College Camilo Prada Child Development Center
April 10   Dallas, Dallas CMS and Margaret Cone Head Start
April 11   Henrietta, David Greer, MD, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
April 11   Keller, Jason Terk, MD, and Cook Children’s Keller
April 11   Bryan, Blinn College Associate Degree of Nursing students and Rodriguez Wheel Alignment
April 12   Odessa, Ector CMS Alliance
April 12   Kyle, Anna Lincoln, MD, and City of Kyle Parks and Rec Department
April 12   Cedar Park, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
April 12   Austin, Aliya Huusaini, MD, and Foundation Communities
April 12   Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical School TMA chapter
April 15   Pasadena, Baylor College of Medicine
April 19   Temple, Bell CMS Alliance
April 26   Bastrop, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
April 26   Austin, Travis CMS Alliance
April 26   Abilene, Taylor-Jones-Haskell-Callahan CMS Alliance
April 26    Brownsville, Cameron-Willacy CMS
April 26   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
April 26   Conroe, Lone Star Family Health Center
April 27   Dallas, Drs. Robert and Lisa Kotas and Rasor Elementary
May 10   Marshall, Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall
May 10   Dallas, UT Southwestern Pediatric Interest Group
May 10   Irving, Bike Irving
May 10   Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
May 16   Crockett, Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4/5 North
May 17   Lockhart, Helmets for Kids
May 20   Quitman, Pilot Club of Quitman
May 20   Yantis, Pilot Club of Quitman
May 24   Quinlan, Quinlan ISD
May 31   Vernon, Vernon Clinic
 Be Wise — Immunize 
April 24   24 Presidio, Presidio County Health Services
April 26   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County
April 26   New Braunfels, Comal County Public Health Department

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