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July 2019 

 

Construction Ahead: Be Wise

TMA is always looking to improve its Be Wise – ImmunizeSM program, and a survey of members is prompting changes. As part of a program reevaluation, TMA recently deployed two surveys – one to TMA and TMA Alliance members who have participated in the program, and another to members who have not participated.

When asked what Be Wise does best, respondents ranked providing funding for local vaccination events and offering quality educational resources highest. The surveys also found that although many members (55%) weren’t aware of the program, 86% of those who were aware believe Be Wise is important for TMA’s overall goals and image.

TMA will roll out changes in the coming months and in 2020 to provide new and more ways for TMA family members be involved in vaccination outreach and to better equip physicians as vaccine advocates and providers. Read the survey report

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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And the Winners Are ...  

Sixteen first-time event hosts will participate in TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads in October, and we’ll reach at least nine new locations. These lucky winners in TMA’s 25 for 25 campaign will help mark a quarter-century for the bike helmet giveaway program during Hard Hats for Little Heads Month. The campaign offered 25 helmets to 25 TMA family members who have not hosted a Hard Hats event before or who want to reach a new location.

You, too, can come to Hard Hats 25th birthday party by hosting an event in October as we aim to blanket the state with helmets. Start planning your giveaway at a fall festival or National Night Out event, or plan another type of giveaway that suits your community.

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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Walk and Talk: National Immunization Month   

Vaccinations are a great education topic for Walk With a Doc Texas events during August, National Immunization Awareness Month. You could discuss vaccinations across the lifespan, or focus on vaccinations your walkers need. TMA’s Be Wise – Immunize offers easy-to-understand, one-page vaccination infographics in English and Spanish to enhance the conversation. Order your supplies now to ensure timely delivery. TMA also has downloadable, vaccination-specific infographics created as part of the “Talk to Your Patients About …” campaign.

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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Disease Prevention Ahead 

As parents and kids prepare for a new school year, opportunities to educate about vaccinations may arise. Ask if you or a group of local physicians can speak at an event, or host an education booth at a school or health fair. Or maybe you want to get even more personal like Zachary Jones, MD, of Frisco, who went door to door in his neighborhood to talk the benefits of vaccination as part of his TMA Leadership College project. Check out Be Wise  ̶  Immunize resources. And be sure to send us your orders early so you’ll have your materials in plenty of time. 

If you’re hosting a Be Wise event in August, TMA wants to add to it our media advisory that promotes events during National Immunization Awareness Month. To have your shot clinic or education event listed, send this information to Tammy Wishard by July 22: name of event, date and time of event, location (including address), local sponsor, fee charged for vaccinations (free or low-cost), and event contact name with cell phone number (so the media can contact you for more details if necessary).

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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: Fort Worth
When: July 12-13
Host: Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance

Where: Perryton
When: July 16
Host: Rex Mann, MD, and Texas A&M Aqrilife Extension-Ochiltree County*

Where: Brownsville
When: Aug. 2
Host: Brownsville Medical Alliance

Where: Texarkana
When: Aug. 10
Host: Cindy Porter, MD, and Townsquare Media

Where: Richardson
When: Aug. 11
Host: Charles Barker, MD, and St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

Where: Dallas
When: Aug. 18
Host: Dallas County Medical Society Alliance

 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.

Be Wise – Immunize

Where: Amarillo
When: July 24
Host: Andrews County Immunization Coalition

Where: White Settlement
When: Aug. 3
Host: Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance with Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC)

Where: Bedford
When: Aug. 5-9
Host: Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance with ICTC

Where: Fort Worth
When: Aug. 8
Host: Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance with ICTC

Where: Arlington
When: Aug. 12-17
Host: Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance with ICTC

Where: Fort Worth
When: Aug. 19-24, 26-30
Host: Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance with ICTC

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.

Combined Event (Hard Hats and Be Wise)

Where: Lubbock
When: July 13
Host: Nueces County Medical Society and Alliance

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: Austin
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: David Murdy, MD, and Nancy Zegarra, MD

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, Starts Aug. 2
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: 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: Dallas
When: First and third Saturdays
Sponsor: Tami Roberts, MD

Where: Denison
When: Second Saturday
Sponsors: Sanober Kable, MD

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

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

Where: Houston/Bellaire
When: First and Third Saturday, Starts Aug. 3
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: First Monday
Sponsor: Cedela Abdulla, 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, Starts Aug. 24
Sponsor: Niraj Mehta, DO

Where: Killeen
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Don Daniels, 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: McAllen
When: Third Saturday, Starts Aug. 31
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, Starts Aug. 3
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: Vernon
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Adanna Amechi-Obigwe, 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

July 11, 2019