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December 2019

Creating a Better Texas

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss’ words summed up the feelings of the many TMA physician and medical student members, and TMA Alliance members who worked this year to make their corner of the world a little better by putting TMA’s outreach programs to work: Be Wise – ImmunizeSM, Hard Hats for Little Heads, and Walk With a Doc Texas.

Thanks to everyone who hosted a helmet giveaway as we celebrated the 25th birthday of Hard Hats, pushed us toward yet another walk record, or protected someone with a vaccination. Your efforts truly help TMA “improve the health of all Texans.” Look for details of the year’s successes in an early 2020 issue of Giving Back. Until then, enjoy a holiday season filled with family and friends.

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.

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.

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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Be the Difference

More than half of helmets given through TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program are possible thanks to donations from individuals like you. The helmets often elicit reactions like this one from a boy at a Bexar County Medical Society Alliance event: “I need a new helmet because the one I got last year got damaged when I fell riding my bike.” 

TMA Foundation (TMAF) raises more than $130,000 each year to support Hard Hats. To ensure TMA can protect at least 30,000 little heads in 2020 with properly fitted helmets, TMAF needs your help with a year-end donation to Hard Hats. 

Please help young Texans stay safe while active with a tax-deductible online donation, or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1466, to make your gift over the phone. Be the difference we can make for more little Texans in the new year.   

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Calling Physician, Med Student Journalists

Do you moonlight as a medical reporter? Maybe you write a medical blog, or a column for your local newspaper or magazine. Or perhaps you routinely host a health-focused segment on a local TV or radio station. If so, enter your work in the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards contest. Read more

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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: Corpus Christi
When: Dec. 14
Host: Nueces County Medical Society Alliance 

Where: Houston
When: Dec. 14
Host: Harris County Medical Society Alliance and CYCLE 

Where: Tyler
When: Dec. 20
Host: Mike McCrady, MD, and Smith County Medical Society Alliance  

*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: 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 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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December 10, 2019