TMA Giving Back Newsletter

May 2017 

 

2017 Results to Date

Hard Hats: 10,643  helmets, 46 events
Be Wise: 1,657 shots
WWAD: 14 walks   

Heroes Among Us

Four physicians who are committed to improving their community’s health received the inaugural Health Heroes awards from TMA and the TMA Foundation (TMAF) during TexMed earlier this month in Houston. Congratulations to Amanda D. Green, MD, Paris; Michael R. McLeod, MD, Cuero; Jasmine Sulaiman, MD, Cleveland; and Leilani Valdes, MD, Victoria. The new award recognizes TMA members who have led and participated in all three of TMA’s flagship outreach programs: Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, Hard Hats for Little Heads (HHLH), and Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD).  

The honorees were guests of TMAF at the annual gala, and two were present during the Council on Health Promotion meeting to receive their award. The council oversees the three health improvement programs, and TMAF funds them. To find out how you can become a Health Hero, contact Tammy Wishard, who oversees Hard Hats and Be Wise, or Debra Heater, who oversees WWAD.  

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 Safe Cycling With Hard Hats

During Bike Month in May, Hard Hats is putting helmets on 2,400 Texas children. By doing so, TMA physicians and medical students, TMA Alliance members, and other volunteers are helping protect local kids’ heads. TMA urges use of a properly fitted helmet for sports on wheels — bicycling, inline skating, skateboarding, and riding a scooter. You can sponsor a helmet giveaway event anytime, but our next big push will be October, Hard Hats for Little Heads month.  

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A Shot of Prevention

Start planning now for National Immunization Awareness Month in August, a great time for a Be Wise — Immunize event. Check out these tips and resources for hosting a shot clinic or other event that meets the vaccination needs of children, adolescents, or adults in your community. Order your supplies at least a month in advance to ensure timely delivery.

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Gala Fundraiser Benefits Hard Hats 

Generous donors at TMA Foundation’s 24th annual gala ensured a $10,500 matching gift was not only matched but also exceeded — by contributing $14,150 to Hard Hats for Little Heads. This is the sixth year an anonymous physician and his spouse have offered a $10,500 matching gift to support HHLH through TMAF’s Make-A-Difference drive. The $24,650 for HHLH was raised at the gala during TexMed earlier this month. You can still add your support to Hard Hats or other initiatives made possible by TMAF.

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Science Teachers Inspire Future Doctors

Twelve Texas science teachers who use outstanding techniques to inspire their students to choose careers in science — and possibly medicine — have received the 2017 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The first-place winners received their awards during TexMed earlier this month, and the second-place winners will receive their awards in local ceremonies. The awards recognize elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. Teachers receive cash prizes, and their schools receive cash resource grants to enhance their science program. 

The 2017 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are made possible with a grant from TMAF, which is supported through an endowment generously established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler, Austin, and gifts from physicians and their families. On National Teacher Day last week, the Texas Senate approved a resolution to honor Dr. and Mrs. Butler, and to recognize May 9, 2017, as the TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Day. The resolution also commended TMA for its unwavering commitment to honor Texas science teachers who have shown exemplary service to the youth in their community.

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Contact 

For information about Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise - Immunize, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. For Walk With a Doc Texas, 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 provides funding for the programs. 

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Upcoming TMA Outreach Events   

(Please let us know about your event so we can promote it in the next edition of Giving Back and on the TMA website.)

Hard Hats for Little Heads

Where: Tyler
When: May 19
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance 

Where: Port Aransas
When: May 19
Sponsor: Lori Anderson, MD, and Nueces CMS Alliance

Where: Austin
When: May 20
Sponsor: Lamia Kadir, MD, and Muslim Physicians of Austin 

Where: Houston
When: May 20
Sponsor: Phuc Nguyen, MD,* and McGovern Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program 

Where: Odessa
When: May 20
Sponsor: First 5 Permian Basin*

Where: Weslaco
When: May 20
Sponsor: Knapp Medical Center and City of Weslaco 

Where: Sugar Land
When: Throughout May
Sponsor: Pamela Chung, MD, and Physicians at Sugar Creek

Where: Amarillo
When: June 3
Sponsor: Shari Medford, MD,* and Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation

*First event

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM are made possible in 2017 through grants from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA. Generous gifts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, an anonymous physician and spouse, and TMAF Make-A-Difference donors make Hard Hats possible, and top donations from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute make Be Wise possible. Both programs also are supported by TMA and TMA Alliance members and friends of medicine. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Walk With a Doc

Where: Alpine
When: Twice Monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: Adrian Billings, MD

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

Where: Austin 
When: Fourth Saturday 
Sponsor: Philip Huang, MD, MPH with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, and City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department+

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

Where: Boerne
When: Third Tuesday 
Sponsor: Sara Stuart, MD, and Cibolo Family Medicine

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

Where: Brownsville
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Rose Gowen, MD

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

Where: Corpus Christi
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Albert Gest, DO

Where: Cuero
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Michael McLeod, MD, and Cuero Community Hospital+

Where: Dallas
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Lydia 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: Every Saturday (weekly)
Sponsor: Maxine Theriot, MD

Where: Edinburg
When: Every Monday (weekly)
Sponsor: Belinda Jordan, MD+

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

Where: Harlingen
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Ricardo Alaniz, MD, and Su Clinica

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

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Julie Patel, MD

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

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

Where: Katy
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Cindy Anthis, MD+

Where: Longview
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Brenda Vozza-Zeid, MD

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

Where: Manvel
When: First walk March 5, then First Sunday
Sponsor: Lekshmi Nair, MD

Where: Midland
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Manoher Gurru, MD+

Where: Odessa
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Madhu Pamganamamula, MD

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

Where: Plainview
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Mark McClanahan, MD

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

Where: San Antonio
When: Second Sunday
Sponsor: Vijay Koli, MD

Where: San Antonio
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Jorge Alvarez, MD

Where: Seabrook
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Angelina Farella, MD

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

Where: Sugar Land
When: Last Wednesday
Sponsor: Heather Hamilton, MD+

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

Where: Tyler 
When: Every Thursday (weekly)
Sponsor: Smith CMS and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD+

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

+Renewed

TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible in 2017 through a grant from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, with generous support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and Prudential.

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