• Improving the Health of All Texans

    • Screen and Talk to Patients About Zika

      TMA and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prepared the following information on Zika virus and pregnant patients.

      Serious birth defects including congenital microcephaly have been reported in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Information on these outcomes related to Zika is evolving, but until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant.

  • Standing up for Public Health

    • TMA Issues Zika Alert to Physicians
      Even as new Zika virus cases have been reported this week in Texas, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (TAOG) sent an alert this week to OB-Gyns and family physicians to watch for patients infected with the virus, and take action.  
    • Screen and Talk to Patients About Zika
      TMA and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prepared the following information on Zika virus and pregnant patients.
    • Thousands of Texans Learn the Two Step And How to Save a Life
      More than 4,250 Texans learned lifesaving hands-only CPR during the Texas Two Step How To Save A Life Campaign last Saturday.
    • Physicians to Legislators: Keep Driver Responsibility Program
      We strongly urge the preservation of the Driver Responsibility Program.  The funds from the Driver Responsibility Program help ensure that a strong trauma system exists in the state.    During a time of lean state budgets, eliminating a program that produces millions in revenue for the state would be short-sighted and could put the state’s trauma system in jeopardy.
    • Investing in Mental Health Services Beneficial, Cost-Effective
      Texas’ population is rapidly growing, thereby putting considerable strain on mental health and substance abuse systems already struggling to keep pace. Texas continues to lag far behind almost all other states in spending per person for mental health care, averaging less than $41 for every resident.  As you well know, inadequate state funding puts a financial burden on local resources, and often leads to increased rates of incarceration, and higher use of public hospital emergency departments, homeless shelters, and the foster care system.  
    • CDC Issues Zika Virus Health Advisory
      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Zika virus health advisory with information and recommendations for recognizing, managing, and reporting infections in travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The advisory also provides travel guidance for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant. Last month, public health officials announced the confirmed diagnosis of the mosquito-borne disease in a Houston woman who traveled in November to El Salvador.
    • TMA Educates Doctors on Vaccine Exemptions
      Texas remains one of 19 states that allows medical exemptions and conscientious objections to any required vaccines for children enrolled in school. Many state legislatures have considered or passed new laws related to exemptions, including a repeal of philosophical exemptions and a requirement for exemption data to be published.
    • Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer
      A vaccination during adolescence can prevent cancer later in life. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, Texas physicians want to encourage parents to get their adolescents vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of almost all cervical cancers. Even unvaccinated older teens and young adults can benefit.
    • Healthy Aging Needs a Strong Public and Community Health System
      TMA, representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students, appreciates the opportunity to submit our written comments on the charge to this committee — to study the economic and social impact of aging Texans, including a review of state services and programs, and their effectiveness in addressing the increased demands of aging Texans. We believe meeting the needs of this growing population of Texans is a significant public health challenge for our state, and TMA’s members recognize our role in working with you to find solutions.
  • Addressing Pollution from Legacy Coal Power Plants in Texas

    This June 2013 report examines retrofitting Big Brown, Martin Lake, and Monticello coal-fired facilities with modern emission controls or retiring the plants and replacing them with cleaner alternative energy sources. Prepared by Daniel Cohan, PhD, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, Addressing Pollution targets these three 1970s-era legacy coal-fired power plants because they are "the leading emitters of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in Texas." And they heavily contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, a mixture of substances including carbon-based particles, dust, and acid aerosols formed in the atmosphere by volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.

    The report explores four options that "could foster the ability of electricity providers to offset any loss of generating capacity from the legacy coal-fired power plants, while enhancing air quality and minimizing costs to ratepayers."

  • Texas Public Health Stats

    • Immunizations

      There is a greater risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in communities with low immunization rates. Vaccine preventable diseases will increase if Texas cuts immunization funding.
    • Obesity

      "F as in 'Fat'" Ranks Texas the 13th most-obese state in the country. Healthy eating starts in childhood.
    • Smoking

      Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the state. More than 24,000 Texans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. Join with TMA to make Texas smoke-free.
    • Mental Health Funding

      More than 4.3 million Texans, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder. Of these, 1.5 million cannot function at work, school, or in the community due to their illness.