TMA Giving Back Newsletter

October 2016


Step It Up With TMA 

On your mark, get set, walk! Your steps could help Texas be No. 1 in the U.S. surgeon general’s Step it Up! walking challenge. The Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas team is participating in the two-week challenge, and we want you to join our team and record your steps online. The most steps taken and logged between Oct. 13 and 26 wins. Let’s show the U.S. surgeon general and the rest of America how active Texans really are! Sign up today and spread the word … and get walking! Questions? Email Debra Heater or call her at (512) 370-1390.   

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Be Wise Against Flu

TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM will help 1,400 Texans fight seasonal influenza at flu shot clinics across Texas this month, the widely recognized start of flu season. The clinics, announced in a media advisory, already garnered great coverage at the Oct. 1 event in Haltom City. Kudos to Stephen Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth, who did an excellent job as spokesperson for the KXAS-TV story.  

Dr. Vaughn is a three-time recipient of a Be Wise Local Impact Grant to provide the flu shots at the annual health fair. “Without the continuing grant money from TMA, I doubt we would be able to host the event,” said Dr. Vaughn. “It's a wonderful event, and the vaccines are the foundation.” 

TMA is accepting applications until Nov. 1 for grants of up to $2,500 for vaccination events planned for early 2017. Grants are available to TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance chapters, and county medical societies (CMSs). Check out the 

Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual to start planning your shot clinic. Grants will be awarded by Feb. 15, 2017. 

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 Helmeting Little Texans

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is putting more than 3,600 helmets on Texas children during October. Check out the giveaways across the state in the media advisory TMA sent announcing all events. Start planning now to host a giveaway during the holiday season, to pair helmets with bicycles given to kids.  

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Funding for 2017 Outreach

TMA’s three signature community outreach programs will continue to flourish in 2017, thanks to funding made possible through the TMA Foundation and the many donors who give generously to support these initiatives. These grants recently were approved for next year:   

  • Be Wise — Immunize, $100,000. Be Wise will be able to provide 25 Local Impact Grants to TMA Family members to provide free or low-cost vaccinations to un- and under-insured Texans (up from 22 in 2016), and give 31,000 shots (up by 1,000 over 2016) through Be Wise events.
  • Hard Hats for Little Heads, $143,000. Hard Hats will aim to put helmets on 30,500 little Texans — 1,500 more helmets than the 2016 target.
  • Walk With a Doc Texas, $100,500. WWAD Texas plans to increase the number of walk sites to 39, up from 36 this year.   

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 Nominate Science Teachers for TMA Award

Know a great science teacher? If so, nominate him or her for a TMA award — and a cash prize. Three outstanding Texas science teachers each will receive $5,000, and their schools will receive $2,000 to enhance the science curriculum. Second-place winners will receive $1,500, and their schools will get $1,000. 

TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching recognize elementary, middle, and high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science with their students — who may become Texas’ next generation of physicians. Any Texas state-certified, full-time public or private school science teacher with at least two years of classroom experience who will teach during the 2017-18 school year is eligible.  

You have until Nov. 18 to nominate a teacher. (TMA will contact nominees to complete an application.) Teachers will receive their awards during TexMed 2017 in Houston. You also can make a donation to TMA Foundation to support the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. To find out more, email Gail Schatte, or call (512) 370-1600. 

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HPV Coverage Up; Still Room for Improvement

More teenage girls in Texas got at least one HPV (human papillomavirus) shot last year, but we’re still running behind the rest of the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey-Teen. For the three-shot series, 60.1 percent of Texas girls aged 13-17 years got the shot in 2015, up 5.1 percentage points from 2014. Nationally, 63 percent of girls received one shot. And that’s still well below the 80 percent target for Healthy People 2020. Read this call for better HPV coverage in Texas by Jason Terk, MD, a member of the Be Wise Physician Advisory Panel.  

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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

  • Oct. 15, Port Lavaca, John B. Wright, MD, and Port Lavaca Clinic Associates
  • Oct. 17, Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance
  • Oct. 19, El Paso, Molina Healthcare of Texas*
  • Oct. 20, New Braunfels, Brett Earnest, MD,* and Briggs Family Medicine
  • Oct. 20, Tyler, Smith CMS
  • Oct. 22, Odessa, Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa
  • Oct. 23, Friendswood, Lauren Raimer-Goodman, MD, and The University of Texas Medical Branch Friendswood Pediatric & Adult Primary Care
  • Oct. 28, San Antonio, Linda Ivy, MD, and Alamo Heights Medical Group*
  • Oct. 28, Fort Stockton, Rahul Puri, MD, and Permian Regional Medical Center
  • Oct. 29, Tyler, Carolyn Risinger, MD,* and Smith CMS
  • Oct. 29, Houston, Carlos Moreno, MD, and McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Nov. 5, Houston, McGovern Medical School students

Be Wise  

  • Oct. 14-15, San Antonio, Bexar CMS Alliance
  • Oct. 22, Austin, Lamia Kadir, MD
  • Oct. 22, Paris, Paris-Lamar County Health District and Lamar-Delta CMS
  • Oct. 22, Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
  • Nov. 8, Lubbock, South Plains Immunization Network (SPIN) and Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance
  • October-December, Kilgore, Jill Holland, MD,* and Faith Family Medical Clinic

Combined Hard Hats and Be Wise  

  • Oct. 15, Weatherford, Parker CMS and Alliance
  • Oct. 15, Cleveland, Jasmine Sulaiman, MD, and Health Center of Southeast Texas
  • Oct. 20, Lubbock, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance

*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: Bastrop
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Estela Mota, MD

Where: Boerne
When: Third Tuesday (starts Oct. 18)
Sponsor: Sara Stuart, MD, and Cibolo Family Medicine

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: Corpus Christi
When: Monthly (begins 2017)
Sponsor: Albert Gest, DO

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: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Ricardo Alaniz, MD, and Su Clinica

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: Longview
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Brenda Vozza-Zeid, 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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