TMA Giving Back Newsletter

March 2014 


 Pass the Helmet: Sponsor a Hard Hats Event

Need funding for your TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads event? “Pass the helmet.” Passing the helmet at your next meeting is an easy way to collect money to buy Hard Hats for Little Heads helmets for your first event or to give more helmets at your next event. To give away 100 helmets, you need to raise only $372.50. Remember, you buy up to 50 helmets, then TMA matches your purchase. Recently, organizations passed the helmet with amazing results:   

  • Jefferson County Medical Society (CMS) raised nearly $800 at its February membership meeting to double the number of helmets it will give — from 150 to 300 — at an event in October. 
  • The TMA Alliance Board raised more than $500 at 2014 TMA Winter Conference. The money will help a local chapter sponsor its first helmet giveaway. 
  • TMA’s Council on Health Promotion, which oversees the Hard Hats program, raised nearly $150 to help a council member sponsor a first-time event.    

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TMA Alerts Media of Spring Helmet Giveaways

TMA aims to give away 34,000 helmets in 2014 as Hard Hats for Little Heads celebrates 20 years of keeping kids safe. That’s 10,000 more helmets than we usually give in a year. We need your help to make this happen. Two great times to host an event this spring are April, Child Safety Month in Texas, and May, Bike Month. 

During these key months, TMA sends a media advisory to announce events to statewide media. The Child Safety Month advisory will go out March 31, so we need your April event information by Friday, March 21: name of your event, date, time, address, and contact information for the person in charge day of your event. 

Hard Hats Allows Aggie to Give Back

Andrew de Jong, MD, is a seasoned Hard Hats event sponsor, having spearheaded an annual Hard Hats for Little Heads event in Bryan-College Station that marked its sixth year on Feb. 26. Dr. de Jong, an avid cyclist, started the giveaway to help local kids stay healthy. Over the years, this event has given a helmet to nearly 13,000 kids.

“One of the things I learned during my time in Aggieland is the power of and need for giving back,” said Dr. de Jong. “I love to bike and love to help take care of our children. Our program is an attempt to do both: give back to our community and teach our children about helmet safety.”

Texas ENT & Allergy, Texas A&M Athletics, and Aggie Athletes Involved, along with supporting sponsors, host the event. Second-graders from eight area school districts converge on the Texas A&M campus one day each February to receive a free helmet and a fun-filled, educational day of safety activities and demonstrations. 

Mary Whitmire, event coordinator, says the event is a huge success, with community involvement growing each year. “The school districts work well together and with us,” she said, “because they understand the importance of the program.” And many parents have expressed their gratitude. Mary said they even have heard reports of the helmets preventing serious injury in kids who were involved in accidents. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Be Wise Sets a Record

We’re all abuzz at TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize after receiving a record 12 applications in March for Local Impact Grants. The TMA Foundation Grants Committee is reviewing the applications from physicians, local alliances, and medical student chapters for vaccination events statewide and should announce the awardees soon. It’s not too soon to starting planning to submit your grant application for our Oct. 1 deadline. 

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Contact  

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.

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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  

March 18   Dallas, Dallas CMS Alliance, Spokes for Folks
     
March 18   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
     
March 19   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
     
March 20   Haslet, Tarrant CMS Alliance
     
March 22   Round Rock, Williamson CMS Alliance, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
     
March 22   Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
     
March 23   Round Rock, Scott & White Hospital
     
March 25   Alpine, Alpine Pilot Club
     
March 27   Alice, Alice Pediatrics
     
March 30   San Antonio, Bexar CMS Alliance; The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio medical students; City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability; Melissa Benavides, MD
     
April 5   Houston, Good Neighbor Healthcare Center
          
April 11   Henrietta, David Greer, MD; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
     
April 11   Keller, Jason Terk, MD; Cook Children’s Keller
     
April 12     Odessa, Ector CMS Alliance
     
April 14   Wichita Falls, Wichita CMS Alliance, City of Wichita Falls Traffic Department
     
April 26   Bastrop, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
     
April 26   Austin, Travis CMS Alliance
     
April 26    Brownsville, Cameron-Willacy CMS
     
 Be Wise — Immunize 
     
March 17   El Paso, Centro San Vicente
     
April 26   Tarrant CMS Alliance, Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County

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