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September 2019

Hard Hats Month Last Call 

You still have time to help TMA blanket the state in bike helmets next month – but barely. We’re counting down to October, when we’ll celebrate the 25th birthday of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads with helmet giveaways in communities across Texas. If happy faces or giving back aren’t enough to motivate you to host a helmet giveaway, consider that the majority of Texas kids don’t get enough exercise and that they’re more obese than many of the nation’s children. Encourage them to get active! 

If you’re planning an event during October’s Hard Hats for Little Heads month, we want to list it in the media advisory we’ll send to news outlets in communities where giveaways will occur. Send us this info by Friday, Sept. 20: name of event, date, time, location including address, local sponsor, and contact information of the person in charge at your event (name and cell phone number) so the media have someone to call if they have questions. Also let us know if the event is open to the public or a private/closed event. 

Request an event packet today. And be sure to order your helmets and supplies at least three weeks in advance to ensure on-time delivery. 

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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WWAD Combo Event: A Perfect Pairing 

While you’re walking with patients and neighbors at your October Walk With a Doc Texas event, expand your event by combining it with one of TMA’s other outreach programs:

  • Fight flu: With the start of flu season next month, use your October walk as a platform to encourage your community to get vaccinated. TMA has easy-to-understand vaccination handouts in English and Spanish to accompany your talk. And if you need vaccine information in additional languages, check out the offerings from the Immunization Action Coalition. Be Wise – Immunize!
  • Put helmets on kids: Promote safe exercise and prevent injuries by hosting a bike helmet giveaway during Hard Hats for Little Heads Month (see story above). Consider inviting the kids to ride their bikes during next month’s “walk.” If this is your first Hard Hats event, you could qualify for 25 helmets at no cost.

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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Shots of Good Health 

TMA Family members are protecting their communities against flu, hepatitis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, thanks to upcoming Be Wise – Immunize Local Impact Grant projects. Be Wise recently awarded grant funding for 10 shot clinics hosted by TMA physicians and medical students. Check out the grantees and their projects. TMA is accepting applications until Nov. 1 for its next round of Local Impact Grants (to fund shot clinics in March 2020 or later). 

And if you want to boost your community’s immunity, especially as flu season approaches, TMA’s Be Wise – Immunize  has tools you can use. Request or download infographics in English and Spanish, and even a poster to urge your employees to get their flu shot. Remember, Oct. 1 is Influenza Awareness Day in Texas.

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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Pro Vaccinators Unite

If you give vaccinations or work/volunteer in that arena, TMA invites you to join the relaunched Texas Immunizers and Stakeholders Working Groups (TISWG). TMA member physicians, in particular, can bring their unique perspective to new topic-specific work groups: Texas Vaccines for Children/Adult Safety Net and ImmTrac2. Other stakeholders can join the General Education and School/Day Care work groups. You’re also welcome to be a general member. Most meetings will occur via conference call or virtual media. Sign up today! And you still have time to register for the Texas Immunization Conference, where TISWG will have an in-person meeting next month.

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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: Edinburg
When: Sept. 14
Host: Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and Sekula Memorial Library

Where: Tyler
When: Sept. 14
Host: UT Health East Texas

Where: Lufkin
When: Sept. 20
Host: Pilot Club of Lufkin

Where: San Antonio
When: Sept. 21
Host: Bexar County Medical Society Alliance

Where: Eustace
When: Oct. 2
Host: Henderson County Medical Society and Alliance

Where: Center
When: Oct. 5
Host: Nacogdoches-San Augustine County Medical Society and Nacogdoches Medical Center

Where: Huntsville
When: Oct. 5
Host: Walker-Madison-Trinty County Medical Society

Where: College Station
When: Oct. 5
Host Emily George, MD*

 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.

Combined Events

 Be Wise – Immunize and Hard Hats

Where: Manvel
When: Sept. 14
Host: Lekshmi Nair and Love to Share Foundation America

Where: Garland
When: Sept. 21
Host: Drs. Lekshmi Nair and Arthi Rajagopal, and Love to Share Foundation America

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 and Walk With a Doc

Where: Houston
When: Oct. 5
Host: Ana Torres, MD*

*First event

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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September 12, 2019