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May 2019 

Last Call: 25 Free Helmets

Dr. and Mrs. Alan Howell, Temple, have gone out of their way (even out of Bell County) to ensure Texas kids have helmets when they ride their bikes. Their quest started when they hosted a Hard Hats for Little Heads event in 2016 in Dr. Howell’s Panhandle hometown of Spearman, continued with another event in Big Lake in 2017, and expanded to Winters in 2018. Feel inspired by them? If you want to help TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads reach a new county, 25 free helmets could be yours. 

In honor of Hard Hats’ 25th birthday this year, TMA will award 25 helmets at no cost to 25 TMA members, county medical societies, or TMA Alliance chapters who host their first helmet giveaway event or expand to a county where Hard Hats hasn’t been, during October.

No matching helmet purchase is required in TMA’s 25 for 25 campaign. To submit an entry, send an email by June 1 with your event plans. Winners will be selected by July 1. Read more 

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2019 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, and generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.

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Introduction to Outreach

Find out how to bring a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise – ImmunizeSM, or Walk With a Doc Texas event to your community at the TMA Outreach Programs meeting during TexMed 2019/ALLMED 2019. Hear tips from seasoned event hosts and TMA staff on Friday, May 17, 2-3 pm in Westcott Room on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. If you can’t make the meeting, be sure to stop by the TMA Foundation booth in the TexMed Expo Hall foyer to chat with program managers. Read more

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Money for Your Shot Clinic

Amid recent whooping cough cases in Central Texas, the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin TMA Chapter hosted a Be Wise – Immunize shot clinic to vaccinate people in an area of Austin with often high rates of the disease. The students did so with the help of a Be Wise Local Impact Grant. You, too, can receive a grant to address a pressing vaccination need in your town. The next deadline to apply is June 1. TMA recently awarded these grants from applications submitted earlier this year. 

Be Wise – Immunize is funded in 2019 by the TMA Foundation thanks to H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, Pfizer Inc., and gifts from physicians and their families.

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Hats Off to Hard Hats

Help Hard Hats for Little Heads keep putting helmets on Texas kids with a donation to TMA Foundation during TexMed. On Saturday, May 18, we’ll pass the helmet during the TMA House of Delegates meeting with the goal of raising $10,000 through cash and credit card donations. And if you’re attending the TMA Foundation gala Friday night, you also can give during the Make-A-Difference fundraising drive so TMAF can receive a $10,500 matching gift from an anonymous donor.

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Walk It Off

After sitting in meetings at TexMed 2019/ALLMED 2019, get out and about with Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas on Saturday, May 18. TMA’s Debra Heater and WWAD staff will lead the 7 am event. Meet up with fellow walkers at the TMA Foundation booth in the Expo Hall foyer.

Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMA Insurance Trust, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and Prudential.

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Donate ... or Participate

Read more details about TMA’s outreach programs. To host a Hard Hats for Little Heads or Be Wise – Immunize event, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. For Walk With a Doc, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. 

You also can help support Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise – Immunize, or Walk With a Doc with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which funds all three programs. You can designate your tax-deductible contribution to a specific program(s) or make a general donation.  

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Upcoming TMA Outreach Events   

Attend or volunteer at an upcoming TMA outreach event in your community. It’s a great way to show a strong local family of medicine. And be sure to let us know about your event so we can promote it in the next issue of Giving Back and on the TMA website.

Hard Hats for Little Heads  

Where: El Paso
When: May 11
Host: Ricardo Reyna, MD 

Where: Hereford
When: May 11
Host: Howard Johnson, MD, and Deaf Smith County Hospital District 

Where: San Angelo
When: May 11
Host: Concho Valley County Medical Society 

Where: San Antonio
When: May 11
Host: Ashok Kumar, MD, and UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine TMA Chapter 

Where: Wichita Falls
When: May 12
Host: Evan Meyer, MD 

Where: Burleson
When: May 18
Host: Burleson Fire Department and Texas Health Neighborhood Care & Wellness Burleson* 

Where: Marshall
When: May 20-23 (events at four schools)
Host: Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall and Mission Marshall 

Where: Tyler
When: May 24
Host: Smith County Medical Society 

Where: Houston
When: May 30
Host: Mark Ward, MD, and Baylor Pediatric Student Association 

Where: Sugar Land
When: May-June
Host: Pamela Chung, MD, and Physicians at Sugar Creek 

Where: Midland
When: June 1
Host: WesTex Urgent Care 

Where: Amarillo
When: June 1
Host: Sheri Medford, MD, and 24 Hours in the Canyon 

Where: Jacksonville
When: June 8
Host: Cherokee County Medical Society 

Where: Nacogdoches
When: June 8
Host: Cenzig Satir, MD; Nacogdoches-San Augustine County Medical Society; and Nacogdoches Medical Center 

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible in 2019 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, and generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.

Be Wise event

Where: Whitehouse
When: May 31
Host: Lisa Allen, MD, and Smith County Medical Society 

Be Wise – Immunize is funded in 2019 by the TMA Foundation thanks to H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, Pfizer Inc., and gifts from physicians and their families.

Walk With a Doc

Where: Abilene
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Ezekiel Duke, MD 

Where: Austin 
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Julie Reardon, MD+

Where: Austin 
When: Fourth Saturday 
Sponsor: Deepthi Chiluvuri, MD, and City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department+ 

Where: Austin
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Pritesh Gandhi, MD, People’s Community Clinic

Where: Austin
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: David Murdy, MD, and Nancy Zegarra, MD

Where: Bastrop
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Estela Mota, MD+

Where: Baytown
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Angela Guerra, MD+  

Where: Brenham
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD+

Where: Cleveland/Liberty (alternates)
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Jasmine Sulaiman, MD+

Where: College Station
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Anne Marie Eschberger, MD and Kathryn Greiner, MD

Where: Corpus Christi
When: Varies
Sponsor: Raymond Acebo, MD 

Where: Dallas
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Cynthia Ball, DO

Where: Dallas
When: Third Wednesday
Sponsor: Lydia R. Best, MD+  

Where: Dallas
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Rita Hamilton, DO, and Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation+

Where: Dallas
When: Every Saturday (weekly)
Sponsor: Sarah Helfand, MD+

Where: Dallas
When: First and third Saturdays
Sponsor: Tami Roberts, MD

Where: Denison
When: Second Saturday
Sponsors: Sanober Kable, MD

Where: Edinburg
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays (weekly)
Sponsor: Michelle Kissee Cordoba, MD+

Where: Edinburg
When: Saturdays (twice monthly)
Sponsor: Linda Villarreal, MD

Where: El Paso
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Joseph Segapeli, MD+

Where: Friendswood
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Amber Shamburger, MD

Where: Georgetown
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Susan Pike, MD+

Where: Henderson
When: Second Sunday
Sponsor: John T. Melvin, MD+

Where: Houston (Katy)
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Stuart A. Harlin, MD, FACS

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Elizabeth Mizelle, DO

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Anne Marie Eschberger, MD, and Kathryn Greiner, MD

Where: Houston (Alief)
When: Varies
Sponsor: Patrice Latimer, MD

Where: Houston
When: First Monday
Sponsor: Cedela Abdulla, MD

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Afua Agyarko, MD+  

Where: Houston
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Sam Luber, MD

Where: Houston
When: First Thursday, Monthly 
Sponsor: Amanda Parker, MD+

Where: Houston
When: Fourth Wednesday
Sponsor: Guadalupe Roldan, MD+

Where: Houston
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Arindam Sarkar, MD

Where: Houston
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Ana M. Torres, MD+

Where: Jasper
When: Third Saturday 
Sponsor: Larry Brown, MD+

Where: Keller
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Bhagya Boggaram, MD

Where: Killeen
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Don Daniels, MD+

Where: Laredo
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Luis Benavides, MD 

Where: Longview
When: First Sunday
Sponsor: Brenda Vozza, MD+

Where: Lubbock
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Piyush Mittal, MD+

Where: Manor
When: First Saturday, starts Sept. 1
Sponsor: Jacqueline Champlain, MD

Where: Manvel
When: First Sunday
Sponsor: Lekshmi Nair, MD

Where: McAllen
When: Second Saturday, starts Oct. 13
Sponsor: Joel Solis, MD

Where: Paris
When: Third Thursday
Sponsor: Amanda Green, MD+

Where: Pflugerville
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Radha Mahale, MD

Where: Plano
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsors: Manisha Dave, MD, and Kiran Harpavat, MD

Where: Plano
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: Manvinder Kainth, MD

Where: Plano
When: Last Saturday
Sponsor: Supriya Thirunarayanan, MD

Where: Port Arthur
When: Every Wednesday (weekly)
Sponsor: Tracie Updike, MD+

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Sunday
Sponsor: Carmen T. Garza, MD

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Sunday
Sponsor: Vijay Koli, MD, and Aruna Venkatesh, MD+

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Aixa Alvarez, MD 

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Megan Williams Khmelev, MD

Where: Sugar Land
When: Twice monthly (first and fourth Wednesday)
Sponsor: Troy Fiesinger, MD, and Alan Reichman, MD+

Where: Sugar Land
When: Twice monthly (second and fourth Saturday)
Sponsors: Alfreda Batts, MD+

Where: Temple
When: Third Saturday 
Sponsor: William Bohannon, MD+

Where: Tyler
When: Thursdays (weekly)
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD+

Where: Uvalde
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Shawn Ragbir, MD

Where: Vernon
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Adanna Amechi-Obigwe, MD

Where: Victoria
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: C. Leilani Valdes, MD+

Where: Weatherford
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Ebony Raymond, DO

Where: Webster
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday (weekly)
Sponsor: Angelina Farella, MD+

Where: Wichita Falls
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Allen Brajer, MD

+Renewed

TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible in 2019 through a grant from TMA Foundation, thanks to top donors — BCBSTX, Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, and Prudential. 

TMA Giving Back is a monthly e-newsletter for TMA physician and medical student members, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance members who are interested in improving the health of their communities. 

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Last Updated On

May 08, 2019