Everywhere at TMA’s recent annual meeting, people were connecting with each other at CME presentations, business meetings and social events. Connecting empowers us to improve the health of all Texans in ways that no one of us can do alone.
Hundreds of donors attended the gala, connected to TMAF through their generous support and the programs their support makes possible…programs that connect with Texans across the state who need hope for better health.
Great things happen when we work together. Let’s strengthen our connection, which gives hope to more Texans for better health!
Yours in good health,
Leslie H. Secrest, MDPresident, TMA Foundation
Nearly 550 friends in support of a healthier Texas attended TMA Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala on May 18 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. They enjoyed cocktail receptions, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, live music and more, raising an estimated $361,826 to support TMAF and the outstanding health programs it makes possible.
At the gala’s Make-A Difference drive, guests donated nearly $32,000 to secure a $10,500 challenge grant from an anonymous donor couple. Together this provides more than 9,000 young Texans with bike helmets and safety education through TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program.
If you attended or supported this year’s event-- thank you!--but if not, there’s still a meaningful way to support the gala and give hope to more Texans for a healthier future — by contributing to the Star Campaign. Your gift will help twice as many Texans because it enables TMAF to win a generous $10,000 challenge grant from the John P. McGovern Foundation. To make a gift or view photos from TMAF’s 25th Anniversary Gala, visit TMAF's gala webpage.
The first Travis County recipient of the TMAF Hispanic Nursing Scholarship Trust Fund of Dr. Roberto J. and Agniela (Annie) Bayardo said she feels “absolute gratitude for blessing me with the new nursing school scholarship.” Janie Hernandez-Romero, who attends Concordia University Texas College of Nursing, Austin, was awarded a $4,500 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified students in both Travis and Harris Counties by their respective county alliance chapters.
This trust fund is part of a new TMAF initiative, the “Family of Funds,” which invites donors to establish a fund that supports health improvement and education and aligns with the goals of TMA and the Family of Medicine. To learn more about establishing such a fund, contact Lisa Stark Walsh, TMAF executive director, at lisa.walsh[at]texmed[dot]org or 800 880-1300, ext. 1666.
“Being named a Health Hero is an honor,” said Douglas W. Curran, MD, TMA President. “Some simple programs can make a big difference in people’s health, so I am thrilled our TMA helps physicians serve their communities in these ways.”
Dr. Curran was one of only three TMA members named a “Health Hero” for leading and participating in all three of TMA’s flagship outreach programs in 2017. Dr. Curran was honored at the TMAF May 17 board meeting and thanked members for funding Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise—Immunize and Walk with a Doc Texas. Dr. Curran spearheaded a mega-community event that combined all three programs on Thanksgiving during the Athens Turkey Trot Family Fun Run and Walk. Other 2017 Health Heroes are Li-Yu Mitchell, MD, Tyler and Lekshmi Nair, MD, of Manvel.
Eleven exemplary Texas science teachers recently were named winners of the 2018 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching (STA). Winners and their schools receive cash awards in recognition of their valuable role promoting scientific literacy and cultivating student interest for careers in science and medicine.
A first place winner, Norma Burke, teaches anatomy, physiology and pre-AP biology at Early College High School, Houston, said, “My success as a teacher, for me, is to develop students who can have conversations about the topics in science, the students that push themselves to become better students because they know they can do it, and the student that says they are interested in science after learning about things in my class.”
Established in 1990, STA is funded by the TMA Foundation Ernest and Sarah Butler Endowment for Excellence in Science Teaching and gifts from physicians and their families. Support this program with a gift to TMAF.
A dozen incoming Texas medical students each recently received a $10,000 scholarship from TMA to help fulfill their dream of becoming physicians and desire to care and advocate for Texans in need.
Alyssa Wilder, Class of 2022, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Class, Fort Worth, shared her dream “…to improve the lives of others by educating my patients so that they may know how best to care for their health and by acting as an advocate for those who often go unheard. “
The TMA Minority Scholarships are made possible by the TMA Foundation Trust Fund of Dr. Roberto J. and Agniela (Annie) Bayardo of Houston. TMA recognized the “Bayardo Scholars” at its annual meeting, May 18 in San Antonio.
The MSP was created in 1998 to help diversify the physician workforce to meet the health care needs of Texans. Recipients are selected for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population. Support this program with a gift to TMAF.
TMAF President, Leslie Secrest, MD (center) joined 2018 Gala co-chairs, Dr. Jayesh and Mrs. Neha Shah (left) and Dr. Sheldon and Mrs. Georgiana Gross (right), in welcoming guests to the 2018 Gala.
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Douglas W. Curran, MD, TMA President and 2017 Health Hero, received his award at TexMed 2018. From left to right: TMAF Board and TMA Council on Health Promotion member, Susan M. Pike, MD; TMAF Executive Director, Lisa Stark Walsh; Douglas W. Curran, MD; TMAF Board and TMA Council on Health Promotion members Angie Donahue, and R. Moss Hampton, MD.
2018 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Presentation (L-R): Leslie Secrest, MD, TMA Foundation President; Diana Fite, MD, TMA Board of Trustees member and Chair of Educational Scholarship & Loan Committee; 2018 1st place winners: Norma Burke, Early College High School (Houston), Overall and High School; Julie Frey, Trinity Valley School (Fort Worth); Middle School; A’ndrea Fisher, Freiheit Elementary (New Braunfels), Elementary School; and program benefactors Sarah Butler and Ernest Butler, MD.
2018 TMA Minority Scholarship Presentation (L to R): Leslie Secrest, MD, TMA Foundation President; scholarship winners, Alberto Cantúa, UTMB Galveston; Alyssa Wilder, UNTHSC Ft Worth/TCOM; Peter Ugoh, Baylor College of Medicine; Esdras Rodriguez – TTUHSC Paul L Foster School of Medicine; Orlando Martinez, UT Southwestern Medical School; Eliora Tesfaye, UTHSC Houston (McGovern Medical School); Mahmoud Abdulbaki, UTHSC San Antonio (Long Medical School); Bonnie Du, UT Dell Medical School; Charleston West, University of the Incarnate Word School of Medicine; Diana Fite, MD – TMA Board of trustees member, Chair of Educational Scholarship & Loan Committee; and scholarship winner, Alejandro Aquino, UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.
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