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January 2020

Outreach at Your Fingertips

If you’re looking to impact your community’s health this year, TMA’s outreach programs make it easy. You can host just one event or go Texas-size with all three programs: Be Wise – ImmunizeSM, Hard Hats for Little Heads, and Walk With a Doc Texas

You’ll earn the distinction of Health Hero by TMA and TMA Foundation if you host the three programs in a year. Here’s the scoop to set the wheels in motion: 

  • Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas is part of a national grassroots movement to encourage physical activity with physicians at the helm, leading monthly walks in their communities. TMA provides everything you need to start. Help us keep Texans moving in 2020 by hosting a walk.  
  • Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program protects the heads of little Texans as they participate in sports on wheels. Start thinking about who could benefit from helmets in your community. With your purchase of helmets, TMA boosts your giving power by providing free helmets.
  • Be Wise – Immunize promotes the importance, safety, and efficacy of vaccinations. Countering vaccine hesitancy will be a priority in 2020, and TMA has resources to enhance educational events or shot clinics. Be watching for new ways to get involved.

All of TMA’s outreach programs are funded by the TMA Foundation.

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Heads Up Pediatricians, Family Docs

Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) members and family physicians can get up to 50 bike helmets at no cost to host a Hard Hats giveaway. TPS covers its members’ cost to purchase up to 25 helmets, and TMA provides an equal match of helmets. A donation from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) funds the same perk for any family physician-hosted giveaway. Both are first-come, first-served offers. Thanks to TAFP for supporting Hard Hats for 15 years and TPS for seven.

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Donate or Participate 

TMA’s outreach programs need ongoing volunteer and financial support to keep them improving the health of Texans. Support your favorite programs year-round by becoming a TMA Foundation (TMAF) Pulse Donor. To do so, simply set your donation amount and frequency of the gift. TMAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of federal law. TMAF will send you a yearly statement. 

Your recurring gift to TMAF is combined with thousands of others to fund health improvement, science, and quality-of-care initiatives, such as TMA’s Be Wise – Immunize, Hard Hats for Little Heads, and Walk With a Doc Texas. To become a Pulse Donor, call TMAF at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1466, email TMAF, or visit TMAF’s donation page

And take a minute to learn more about TMA’s outreach programs. To host a Hard Hats or Be Wise event, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. For Walk With a Doc, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. 

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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.

Be Wise – Immunize     

Where: El Paso
When: Jan. 31
Host: El Paso Pediatric Associates   

Be Wise – Immunize is funded in 2020 by TMA Foundation thanks to major support from H-E-B and generous donations from physicians and their families and other donors whose gifts create a Healthy Now and Healthy Future for more Texans.   

Walk With a Doc

Where: Athens
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Douglas Curran, 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: 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: Brownsville
When: First and Third Saturday
Sponsor: Bradley Nordyke, 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: Conroe
When: Tuesdays, varies
Sponsor: Daniel Porter, MD

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

Where: Corpus Christi
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Alma McDaniel, MD+

Where: Dallas
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Amanda Mohammed, MD

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

Where: Dallas
When: Monthly, starts July 20
Sponsor: Rizwan H. Bukhari, 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: Denison
When: Second Saturday
Sponsors: Sanober Kable, MD

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

Where: Edinburg & Penitas
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: Galveston
When: Bi-monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: Samuel Mathis, MD, UTMB
Walk With a Future Doc
Students for Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine (SLIM)

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

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

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

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday, Starts Sept. 14
Sponsor: Felicity Mack, MD

Where: Houston/Bellaire
When: First and Third Saturday
Sponsor: Bandana Chawla, 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: 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: Jasper
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Larry Brown, MD+

Where: Keller
When: Varies
Sponsor: Niraj Mehta, DO

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

Where: Killeen
When:  Second Saturday
Sponsor: Joshua Kilpatrick, MD

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

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

Where: Lubbock
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Mary Irving, 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: Mesquite
When: Monthly, Varies
Sponsor: Rizwan H. Bukhari, MD

Where: McAllen
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Chelsea Chang, MD, and Sarvani Uppati, Medical Student

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

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Soheir Girgis, 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 (second and fourth Saturday)
Sponsors: Laura Pinon, MD, and Josin Kalathil, MD+

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

Where: Tyler
When: Thursdays (weekly)
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society and Gina Jetter, 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 2020 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

January 13, 2020