For Immediate Release
May 19, 2012
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DALLAS - The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Linda Swan Adkins, Houston, as its 95th president. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) comprising physicians and physicians’ spouses.
“The TMA Alliance is made up of wonderful people who share an incredible bond through the practice of medicine,” says Mrs. Adkins. “As president of our state alliance, I want to provide a thread of unity throughout our local organizations so we can support and learn from each other.”
The alliance supports TMA’s primary public health programs: Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, a program dedicated to improving Texas’ immunization rates, and the Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program. The alliance also has many local outreach programs aimed at improving the health of communities statewide.
In addition, TMAA is active in grassroots advocacy, spearheading First Tuesdays at the Capitol. Alliance members, physicians, and medical students descend on the state Capitol the first Tuesday of each month during legislative sessions to advocate for legislation that benefits patients.
Mrs. Adkins, a seasoned First Tuesdays participant, has devoted much of her career and volunteer time to politics. She is a long-time member of the Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) and received its June Bratcher Award for Political Action in 2011. The award is presented every two years to a physician’s spouse who was an outstanding volunteer in a federal or state political campaign.
She has served as the TEXPAC Alliance cochair and as a member of the TEXPAC Candidate Evaluation Committee, and has represented the alliance on TMA’s Council on Legislation. Mrs. Adkins also has been the TMA Alliance parliamentarian and vice president of Legislation and Public Affairs, and served as a delegate to the American Medical Association Alliance.
As a legislative consultant, she has worked on the campaigns of several physicians over the years. Currently, she is working to support the nine candidates representing medicine in state elections.
“I hope to share my passion for speaking out for medicine,” says Mrs. Adkins. “If we don’t get involved, we give up our voice and leave decisions about the future of medicine to those who are uninformed about it.”
In her community, Mrs. Adkins is a founding member and current vice chair of the board of St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange, is a life member of the Memorial Hermann Southwest Auxiliary, and is a member of the Junior League of Houston. Mrs. Adkins also is a member of the Blue Bird Circle, which supports the Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Mrs. Adkins is married to Houston gynecologist James Adkins, MD, a TMA member. Together, they have four sons, four daughters-in-law, and 11 grandchildren. Kyle and Rachel Swan live in Highland Village with their sons Michael, Benjamin, and Adam. The other children and grandchildren reside in Houston: Stephen and Liz Swan and sons Spencer, Graham, and Shepherd; Marshall and Kim Adkins and sons Grant, Danny, and Jimmy; and Leigh and Kathryn Adkins and children Will and Mary Kate.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 46,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association
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