Public Health

  • COVID-19 Resources, All in One Place

    As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.

    COVID-19 Resource Center

  • Listen to the Latest Guidance on Infection Control for Your Practice

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    If you’re seeking more information on keeping your practice, staff, and patients safe while treating COVID-19 cases, the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force has created a podcast version of its frequently asked questions (FAQ) on Infection Prevention and Control.

    Tips and Suggestions About How to Minimize Exposure  
  • Governor Extends Essential Services Executive Order Until April 30

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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday extended executive orders that limit public gatherings until April 30. Under the orders, essential services such as health care and public health facilities, will continue to operate. Texans may continue to leave their homes to take part in essential activities.

    Find Out What's Going On  
  • Video: Austin Physician Using Homemade PPE

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    As physicians across the state struggle with a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, during the COVID-19 pandemic, one physician has turned to a homemade solution.

    Friend and Seamstress Sew Masks for Doctor and staff  
  • “What If I’m Running Low on PPE?”

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    One of the biggest challenges physicians have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping themselves, their staff, and their patients safe while still providing the best possible care.

    Please Make PPE
    Readily Available
  • In the War Against COVID-19, Physicians Need Proper Armor Now By TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD

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    The battle already has begun. We have no time to wait. In a letter to Governor Abbott today, I urged that all personal protective equipment (PPE) from all non-health care industries be diverted to our current fight, by any means necessary. I told him, point blank, that the current shortage of PPE in Texas is unacceptable.

    Texas Physicians On the Front Line: We Are at War  
  • TMA White Paper Explains Non-Urgent Surgeries Rule

    Worried, concerned, confused about the Texas Medical Board’s emergency rules on “non-urgent elective surgeries or procedures” during the COVID-19 crisis?

    Get the Answers Here

  • What Physicians and Health Care Workers Need to Know about Stay-at-Home Orders

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    Texas' largest counties and cities have issued stay-at-home orders designed to keep residents at home and away from each other as much as possible. Most of the orders exempt health care activities, but the specific language in each varies.

    Find Out How  
  • TMA Coronavirus Task Force Highlights COVID-19 Problems and How to Address Them

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    The Texas Medical Association Coronavirus Task Force on Tuesday told state lawmakers and fellow physicians to prepare to combat the disease, which so far has affected only a handful of people in Texas.

    There Is an Urgent Need
    to Prepare Now
  • Sparking a Conversation on Vaping

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    A panel of lawmakers and physicians participated in a state Parent Teacher Association (PTA) town hall event at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. The panel discussed the vaping health epidemic; issues with implementation of a state law passed last year that raised the minimum age to use or purchase tobacco products – including vaping devices – to 21; and the need for support to help students quit.

    Straight Talk
    at the Capitol on Vaping
  • Talk to Patients About: Vaccine vs. Natural Immunity

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    Vaccines are all about reducing the risk of getting a disease; anti-vaccine arguments are designed to downplay how risky those diseases can be.

    Vaccinate Your Child to Help Protect Them From Serious Illness and More  
  • Help Patients Stand Up to Be Counted in the Census

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    Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau tries to count everyone in the U.S. – an endeavor that touches the medical world deeply. Among other things, the census shapes the direction of $675 billion in federal funding, including programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and several others that directly affect patients.

    Missing Census Data Affects You  
  • Maternal Deaths: First U.S. Data Since 2007 Shows Serious Problems Persist

    Texas’ rate of maternal deaths is slightly above the national level, long-awaited new data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows.

    How TMA Proposes to Make Sure it's Safe to be a Mom in Texas   
  • Easing the Pain? Opioid Settlement Brings Valuable Funding to Fight Crisis


    September 2019 brought what could become a major victory for the state’s handling of opioid addiction. Drugmaker Purdue Pharma – which faced thousands of lawsuits from cities and states, including Texas, for its role in the national opioid crisis – announced it had agreed to a settlement with 24 state attorneys general and other plaintiffs.

    Opioid Settlement Brings Valuable Funding to Fight Crisis  
  • What's Herd Immunity? Physician Explains How It Protects Us

    How do umbrellas protect us from disease? Austin pediatrician Ari Brown, MD, a Texas Medical Association physician leader, uses an umbrella analogy to explain how community immunity works, in this video.

  • Legislative Wins on Public Health

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    Texas physicians got the kind of huge win on tobacco issues they haven’t seen in decades – a law to keep tobacco products away from young people.

    Charting Medicine's Statehouse Progress: Public Health  
  • TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state.

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • TMA Fighting for Physicians and Patients

    Texas Neighborhoods Worlds Apart in Life Expectancy

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    The Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation last week issued a report comparing the life expectancy at birth of someone born in each of Texas’ 4,709 census tracts. Given the growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, I thought I’d dive into the report to find some good examples to share with you. I didn’t realize how deep that dive would become.

    Life Expectancy: Your
    Neighborhood Is a Key Factor
  • Message From TMA Foundation President,
    Susan Pike, MD

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    As physicians, we encourage our patients every day to be active and adopt a healthy lifestyle. But we know that many of our patients suffer from irreversible chronic conditions, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects an estimated 1.1 million Texas adults. This disease can make it difficult for people to get regular exercise.

    November is National COPD Awareness month. Find out how you can help prevent COPD at your walk this month.

    Participate Now  
  • Pediatric Concussion Awareness and Prevention

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    Preventing head injuries is important, especially among student athletes. TMA has compiled resources to help physicians, coaches, parents, and students better understand the consequences and severity of head-related injuries.

    Use Your Head  
  • Don’t Change Poverty Level Adjustment, TMA Tells Feds

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    Possible changes to how the federal government determines the national poverty level could negatively affect the well-being and health care options for large portions of the population, a coalition of 10 state medical associations told the nation’s chief statistician this week.

    Poverty-level Proposal Hurts Medicine, TMA Says  
  • Physicians Serve as Lead Clinicians to Support Mental Health Intervention 

    The impact of adverse childhood events (ACEs) can be lasting and costly on patient health and medical outcomes.

    In the United States, more than 20% of adults report experiencing three ACEs during their youth, potentially increasing the risk of negative, chronic health consequences and challenges such as alcoholism, depression, unemployment, heart disease and substance abuse, among many others.

    Learn More About ACEs