TMA Giving Back Newsletter

August 2016

Tie Outreach to Obesity Awareness

Texas Obesity Awareness Week, Sept. 11-17, is a great time for a TMA outreach event promoting physical activity: Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD) or Hard Hats for Little Heads. TMA is a cosponsor of the weeklong event, established in 2007 by the Texas Legislature to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Sadly, Texas is the 11th most obese state in the nation, as nearly 32 percent of Texas adults are obese, according to The State of Obesity. And Texas' kids are no better off: Almost one in three Texas children aged 10-17 years are obese or overweight.

TMA provides everything you need to host a WWAD or Hard Hats event to get your community moving. 

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Fighting the Flu Starts With You; Get Your Shot at TMA

Get a jump on flu season by getting your vaccination during TMA's Fall Conference. Stop by TMA's shot clinic at Baron's Ballroom C between 8 am and 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 24. The quadrivalent flu vaccine will be $40, with cash/check collected on site. (UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and Scott & White insurances will be accepted.) TMA members, their families, and office staff can get a flu shot at the event. Reserve your vaccination when you register for the conference. TMA's Council on Health Promotion and Be Wise - ImmunizeSM are cosponsoring the event.

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Give Helmets — Creatively

TMA invites you to join the celebration in October during Hard Hats for Little Heads Month by hosting a helmet giveaway. Here are some ideas for events, but don't be afraid to think outside the box. You might be inspired by these innovative events from previous sponsors:

  • TMA Alliance member Martha Howell and her husband, Alan C. Howell, MD, Temple, noticed on our Hard Hats map that Dr. Howell's childhood home county (Hansford County in the tip of the Texas Panhandle) hadn't had a helmet giveaway. The couple coordinated with pediatrician Charlie Hastings, DO, of Spearman and the Hansford County Hospital District to host an event there in May. Dr. Hastings also helped TMA with a recent news release about helmet safety.

    If you have ties to a Texas county or city you don't reside in or if your county medical society (CMS) includes multiple counties, consider branching out to host an event in October.
  • Since 2013, the Bell CMS Alliance has served its community by giving away helmets at different local schools. The events are large, so the alliance created a model to help others host school giveaways. Check out these step-by-step tips for Hard Hats in Schools.

You can start small or go large, but any giveaway helps protect little Texans from brain injury and encourages them to get moving. Bonus: TMA will give 10 extra free helmets to any CMS or local alliance that hosts its first event in October. Be sure to order your helmets a month in advance to allow plenty of time for delivery. 

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Boost Community Flu Immunity  

Help your community fight the flu by sponsoring a Be Wise — Immunize flu shot clinic in October. TMA hopes to have at least 10 flu shot clinics around the state and will help publicize the October events. The event-filled month begins with Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1, as designated by the Texas Legislature in 2013. Can you help make TMA’s October push a success?

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 Thanks, BCBS, for 2017 Support

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has approved TMA Foundation's request to support the 2017 Hard Hats program through Healthy Kids, Healthy Families®. The funds will help TMA distribute 30,500 helmets through community events in 2017. BCBSTX has been the major annual supporter of Hard Hats for Little Heads since 2006. You can add your support to Hard Hats or other initiatives made possible by TMAF, too.

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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 these three programs with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which provides their funding

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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

  • Aug. 12, Weslaco, Knapp Medical Center
  • Aug. 13, Austin, Carla Laos, MD, and St. David’s Children’s Hospital*
  • Aug. 13, San Angelo, Concho Valley CMS
  • Aug. 14, Round Rock, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
  • Aug. 20, Richardson, Charles Barker, MD, and St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church
  • Aug. 20, Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
  • Aug. 20, Dallas, Dallas CMS Alliance
  • Aug. 25, Hutto, Williamson CMS Alliance
  • Sept. 10, Georgetown, Candida Suffridge, MD, and Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Sept. 17, Plainview, Hale-Floyd-Briscoe CMS*
  • Sept. 17, Tyler, Melanie Wick, MD, and Smith CMS Alliance

Be Wise  

  • Aug. 15-20, Arlington, Tarrant CMS Alliance and the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC)
  • Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
  • Sept. 10, Manvel, Drs. Lekshmi Nair and Hema Salvady and Love to Share Foundation America

*First event

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM are made possible in 2016 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: 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: Brenham
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD+

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

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

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 
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: Third Saturday
Ricardo Alaniz, MD

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

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Amanda Parker, MD+

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

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

Where: Katy
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Cheng Ruan, MD

Where: Lubbock
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Piyush Mittal, 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 Friday
Sponsor: Travis King, 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: First Sunday
Sponsor: Sam Stevens, MD

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

Where: Woodlands
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Kelly Aguilar, MD


TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible in 2016 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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