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November 2019

Walk, Talk to Prevent COPD

November is National COPD Awareness Month – a great time to talk about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD) events. TMA makes it easy with an online toolkit. You can download one-pagers, the on-site survey, flyer, sign-in sheet, and more. 

As a bonus, walk leaders who host a COPD event this month and send details to TMA will receive a long-sleeve WWAD T-shirt or a wind- and rain-resistant WWAD jacket. To earn your prize, select a day and COPD topic, and send participant surveys after your event to Debra Heater.  

If you’re not a WWAD participant, find a walk to join in your area. Or start your own walk! WWAD supports physician-led walks at least once a month for 12 months to encourage healthy physical activity. WWAD is free for TMA physician, alliance, resident, and student members.

Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMA Insurance Trust, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and Prudential.  

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Give Helmets; Get the Reward

First-time TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway host Emily George, MD, College Station, asked a young boy at her Oct. 5 event what he had done that morning. “Ride my scooter,” was his reply. Dr. George then asked if he had worn a helmet. 

“No, but I’ll have one tomorrow.” 

Dr. George said her event helped her realize how many kids don’t have a helmet. She also was pleased to see kids excited about helmets. You, too, can reap the reward of kids’ smiles and enthusiasm by hosting a helmet giveaway. There’s still time to host an event during the program’s 25th birthday year. A suggestion for a ready-made event in December: Give helmets to go with bikes given during holiday gift giveaways.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2019 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, and generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.   

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Talk to Patients: Vaccine FAQs

TMA has launched a new “Talk to Patients About…” series in Texas Medicine to help physicians address their patients’ vaccination-related questions and concerns. The series kicked off this month by addressing the MMR-autism myth. It includes a story in the magazine, physician-hosted video, and more. The previous series featured all the vaccine-preventable diseases. For more vaccination resources, check out TMA’s Be Wise – ImmunizeSM.

Be Wise – Immunize is funded in 2019 by the TMA Foundation thanks to H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, Pfizer Inc., and gifts from physicians and their families.  

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Reporting That Hit the Mark

“She makes us feel hope and inspires us to work toward improving health care and making the world a better place.” That’s how judges described the stories of Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, a San Antonio Express-News reporter, who was named Texas Health Journalist of the Year for the second year in a row in TMA’s Anson Jones, MD, Awards. TMA recently announced this year’s winners, and now we’re looking for the best health reporting of 2019 for next year’s awards. You can help! Read more  

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Nominate Good Science Teachers

Think about the science teacher who most influenced you or your children. Then help TMA identify the best of the best. TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching reward outstanding teachers, and encourage their continuation in the classroom. More than 255 teachers have received gifts totaling $497,600 since TMA first gave the awards in 1990. TMA will accept nominations through Dec. 3 for the 2020 awards, offering a total of $51,500 to the winners. Just think of the science experiments and equipment that can fund at Texas schools – including a school near you!

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Donate or Participate

Read more details about 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.  

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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.

Hard Hats for Little Heads   

Where: Houston
When: Nov. 15
Host: Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth TMA chapters, and Harris County Medical Society Alliance 

Where: Cleburne
When: Nov. 15
Host: Johnson County Medical Society 

Where: Edinburg
When: Nov. 16
Host: Randy Williamson, MD, and The University of Texas (UT) Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine TMA Chapter 

Where: Edinburg
When: Nov. 23
Host: DHR Health 

Where: Galveston
When: Nov. 24
Host: Matthew Pokorny, UT Medical Branch School of Medicine student, and Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity 

Where: Plano
When: Nov. 25
Host: Paul Hurd, MD, and Plano Bicycle Association 

Where: Mansfield
When: Dec. 2
Host: Melody Burton, MD, and Mansfield Pediatrics* 

Where: Houston
When: Dec. 3
Host: McGovern Medical School at UTHealth TMA Chapter 

Where: San Antonio
When: Dec. 4
Host: Jesse Moss, MD, and E-Rotary Club 

Where: Austin
When: Dec. 7
Host: Travis County Medical Society Alliance 

Where: Jacksboro
When: Ongoing
Host: Shiv Agarwal, MD* 

*First event

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible in 2019 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, and generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.

Walk With a Doc

Where: Abilene
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Ezekiel Duke, 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: Austin
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Pritesh Gandhi, MD, People’s Community Clinic

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: 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: Houston
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Ana M. Torres, 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: Plano
When: Last Saturday
Sponsor: Supriya Thirunarayanan, 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: Alfreda Batts, MD+

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

Where: Tyler
When: Thursdays (weekly)
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD+

Where: Uvalde
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Shawn Ragbir, 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 2019 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

November 13, 2019