“I am rewarded by knowing I may have saved a life by giving out a bicycle helmet.” — Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, Alpine, and Hard Hats for Little Heads Physician Advisory Panel member

“We distribute refurbished bikes to children and adults who could not otherwise afford them. It is incredibly powerful to be able to provide helmets, properly fitted, at the same time and reinforce the importance of wearing them.” — Eve Guth, MD, Dallas, and Spokes for Folks member

“The Hard Hats program allows me to showcase what TMA and physicians in Texas are doing for our patients.” — Humberto Rivas, MD, Gonzales

“Through the generous donation of bike helmets, we were able to provide additional emphasis on riding bikes as a way to combat childhood obesity.”Khalida Yasmin, MD, Farmers Branch

“It was rewarding to meet the children and see how excited they were to receive a helmet. Older children who ride skateboards definitely seemed to be a group in need of education and helmets.” — Vicki Zagrodzky, Austin, Travis CMS Alliance

“Hard Hats is a wonderful hands-on project for our members to participate in. It’s a very easy project for a small alliance looking to work together and connect with the community.” — Chris Miller, Georgetown, Williamson County Medical Alliance

“I enjoyed getting to interact with the families. Fitting the helmets on the kids and seeing how happy having a new helmet made them was great. The worst part was running out of helmets and having to turn people away.” — Michelle McClelland, student, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock

“I gained a greater appreciation for the needs of our community. This is an excellent program that is well-organized and easy to set up.” — David Savage, student, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

“I have personally watched the percentage of kids wearing a helmet each day go from around 5 percent to approximately 40 percent.” — Jennifer Branson, PA-C, Melissa, Familywise Health Care

“I liked that we educated about 300 fourth-grade students and fitted 124 with helmets. It is reassuring knowing these children are educated about how to wear a helmet properly. This is the best program I have come across since I have been at the hospital.” — Mary Simmons, Victoria, Citizens Medical Center

“These events build a bond and trust between the institution and the community. It is great to be part of something that gives back to the community and know it means so much to them.” —Michele Cravey, Galveston, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

“Thank you so much to all who donated your time, effort, and funding to make this safety presentation possible for our class. Keeping our students happy, healthy, and safe is equally as important to us as giving them a proper education.” — Mrs. Pettit, Crane, kindergarten teacher, Crane Independent School District

“We made a great connection with a wonderful group of student physicians who helped us reach out to the kids of our community. The kids who attended the TMA booth were so excited.”Susan Nordin, Houston, associate pastor, CT Church


Last Updated On

April 23, 2018

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