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||Alliance members come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, but all realize that medicine is an integral part of their lives. They work together to make a difference in health care and health issues for all Texans.
Organized in 1918, TMA alliance is one of the oldest volunteer groups in the state, and continues to make a difference, county by county, through projects targeting Texans of all ages. Alliance members work as advocates for medicine in communities large and small, always with the goal of quality health care for all citizens.
Congratulations to the 2012 TMA Alliance award winners for the 2011-2012 Alliance year!
- Pat Durham Award for Membership - Smith County Medical Society Alliance
- Joan Timmins Milburn Award for Doctors' Day - Cameron-Willacy (North) County Medical Society Alliance
- Alliance of the Future - Dallas County Medical Society Alliance
- Mary Ann Homer Award for Legislative and Political Action - Bexar County Medical Society Alliance
- Advocates of Health Award - Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance
- Global Service Award - Smith County Medical Society Alliance
- Dedication to the Mission Award - Travis County Medical Alliance
- President's Award for Humanitarian Service - Bob Horth, Wichita Falls
The partnership between TMA, TMAA and the TMA Foundation has proven invaluable in carrying out the campaigns listed below. You can read more about TMA's public health initiatives here . TMA provides the scientific and clinical research and information while TMAF provides the funding. The alliance's role is to deliver the message to the public. The following programs have served as vital tools in helping all three to fulfill their missions.
Be Wise - Immunize SM
This immunization mission aims to increase physician and patient awareness of the importance for immunizations throughout all stages of life by increasing accessibility to low cost and free vaccinations for children and adults. Alliance members, with funding and support materials from the TMA Foundation and TMA, have helped deliver more than 100,000 immunizations to thousands of Texans since the program's inception. These volunteers are currently in a community in Texas - maybe yours - helping improve the rate of, and access to, immunizations. Texas is now ranked 24th, up from it's previous ranking of 48th, out of 51 states in children immunized by the National Immunization Survey (NIS). If you would like to schedule a health fair or immunization program in your area, or for more information on how to order free Be Wise materials, contact the outreach coordinator, Tammy Wishard, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or e-mail email@example.com .
Hard Hats for Little Heads
This year-round bicycle helmet donation program was created for Texas physicians to help prevent head injuries in their communities. More than 100,000 children have received bicycle helmets since the program's inception. Contact outreach coordinator Tammy Wishard at (800) 880-1300 ext. 1470, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Project WATCH (2000)
This partnership project was designed to increase physician and patient communication and awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke risk factors and promote a clear and consistent message regarding these conditions. The five leading preventable risk factors for CVD and stroke are: Weight, Activity, Tobacco, Cholesterol, and High blood pressure. For more information and for a Project Watch implementation guide, click here .
Live & Then Give (1997)
This partnership project was designed to improve health and save lives by making more donated organs and tissue available in Texas. More than 25,000 patient brochures and more than 1 million organ donor cards have been distributed as a result of this project. In addition, to send the message to a wider audience, television and radio public service announcements were produced. Live & Then Give has "gone national" through the American Medical Association.
Other projects alliance chapters are involved in include teen pregnancy programs, AIDS awareness campaigns, vision and hearing screenings and drug and alcohol projects, among others.
To learn more about alliance philanthropic activity through the TMA Foundation, Physicians' Benevolent Fund, and the Physician Health and Rehabilitation Assistance Fund, visit the TMA Alliance philanthropy page.
Live & Then Give
Hard Hats for Little Heads
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