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June 2020

We're Back

Most of Texas hit the pause button in April. For TMA, that meant we focused all our energy on COVID-19. As the state opens back up, we invite you find creative ways to reconnect with your community while staying safe. This issue of Giving Back offers tips for outreach during these times. 

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Welcome to Hard Hats, TCEP

This year, for the first time, emergency physicians across Texas can host a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway with support from the Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP). TCEP now provides 25 helmets for its members, and TMA matches that. So if you’re a TCEP member, you’ll have 50 helmets to give away at no cost to you while supplies last. The ongoing pandemic might be a good time to keep some helmets on hand in the emergency department or your clinic if kids come in this summer with bike injuries and need a new or replacement helmet.  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 with a Doc Restart: “Be a Good Neighbor. Be a Texan.”  

When you’re ready to restart your Walk With a Doc Texas walk, remember TMA’s top priority is the safety of you and your participants.

As you contemplate bringing your group back together, consider this message from Gov. Greg Abbott: “If you go out in public, stay six feet apart from others, wear a face covering, and wash your hands regularly. Be a good neighbor. Be a Texan. Together, we’re going to make our way through this."

Remember, staying active is good for body and mind. Consider these topics for your next health talk:

If you have questions about restarting your walk - or starting a walk - contact Debra Heater

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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Apply for Vaccination Grants by July 15

The COVID-19 pandemic has given “drive-through” new meaning, with drive-through testing and medical appointments. Consider getting in on the action by hosting a TMA Be Wise – ImmunizeSM drive-through shot clinic, as the Lamar-Delta County Medical Society has done the past six years with financial support from TMA. 

TMA offers Local Impact Grants of up to $2,500 to support shot clinics hosted by TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters. The upcoming July 15 deadline, the final application date for 2020, is for events this fall or in the early months of 2021. Read more

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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 In-Office Helmet Giveaways   

Teresa Duryea, MD, Houston, had to punt when COVID-19 derailed her clinic’s annual health fair in April, where she was planning her first TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway. Instead, the pediatrician is giving the helmets during well-child visits at Texas Children’s Hospital Primary Care Practice Clinic in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Physicians at People’s Community Clinic in Austin also have given helmets in this way since 2007. Read more

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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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June 11, 2020