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September 2020

Vaccines Defend What Matters

A new TMA campaign reminds Texans of the many ways vaccinations defend us our health, our jobs, and our families. TMA’s Be Wise  ImmunizeSM invites you to share the first ad and second ad on your personal or your practice’s social media accounts (and remember to tag TMA). The ads debuted in August on select cable TV channels in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

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Texans Fighting Flu 

Gov. Greg Abbott has asked organized medicine to help lead the charge to encourage Texans to get a flu shot this season to prevent illness and death, and combat overcrowding hospitals with flu and COVID-19 patients. In 2018-19, only 43.3% of Texas adults got a flu shot, below the national average of 45.3%. Be Wise has these resources and tips to help you educate your patients, staff, and community:

Scan and email this form to TMA to order Be Wise materials.

Be Wise – Immunize is supported in 2020 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to H-E-B, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.

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Hands-On Hard Hats 

Want to encourage kids you’re seeing in your offices to get outside more, now that the summer heat is waning? Consider giving away helmets in your office during well-checks through TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. A helmet protects a child’s head whenever he or she is riding a bike or participating in any activity on wheels. Your recommendation matters to encourage kids to “Get Moving. Stay Safe. Wear a Helmet.” Pediatricians, family physicians, and emergency physicians may qualify for 50 free helmets. Read more

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2020 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to donations from an anonymous physician and spouse; Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio; Mark J. Kubala, MD; Lee Ann Pearse, MD, and Einar Vagnes; Texas Academy of Family Physicians; Texas College of Emergency Physicians; Texas Pediatric Society; and dozens of physicians and their families.  

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Walk to Reduce Childhood Obesity  

It’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Sadly, Texas is not immune to childhood obesity with one-third (32.4%) of 10- to 17-year-olds overweight or obese. The World Health Organization says healthy eating and physical activity are the most important ways to prevent childhood obesity, which can lead to cardiovascular disease and other health problems, as well as social isolation and depression.

Walk With a Doc Texas is a great way to introduce children of all ages to a safe, simple, and sustainable physical activity – walking. Combating inactivity is especially important now during month six of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re interested in leading a walk, contact TMA. Or see the Walk With a Doc website to find Texas walks or virtual walks.   

Remember, if you’re walking in person with a group, stay 6 feet from others, wear a face covering, and wash your hands.

Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMA Insurance Trust, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Prudential.   

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Donate or Participate 

Take advantage of 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.  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.

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Upcoming TMA Outreach Events

Hard Hats for Little Heads

Where: Houston
When: Sept. 16
Sponsor: Mary Campbell-Fox, DO* 

Where: Pasadena
When: During well-checks
Sponsor: Betty Del Rio Rodriguez, MD

Be Wise – Immunize

Where: Round Rock
When: During September
Sponsor: Rodolfo Uriegas, MD, and Sacred Heart Clinic* 

*First event 

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Last Updated On

September 02, 2020