Cleveland Physician Named TMA Health Hero

June 22, 2017

Jasmine Sulaiman, MD, a Cleveland family physician, was named a Health Hero by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for her commitment to improving the health of her community. She was one of only four physicians TMA honored with the inaugural award during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston.

The new award recognizes TMA members who have led and participated in all three of TMA’s flagship outreach programs: Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, a program to educate about vaccinations and improve vaccination rates in Texas; Hard Hats for Little Heads (HHLH), a bike helmet giveaway program; and Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD), a national grassroots movement devoted to encouraging healthy physical activity. TMA’s Council on Health Promotion presents the award as part of its oversight of TMA’s outreach programs, along with the TMA Foundation (TMAF), which funds them.  

“I am excited, humbled, and honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Sulaiman. “Being recognized for your hard work is always thrilling, and this recognition encourages me to continue my pursuit of community outreach and primary care.”

Dr. Sulaiman has sponsored a WWAD walk in her community regularly since late 2016. Once each month, she invites community members to join her for a walk in either Cleveland (at Health Center of Southeast Texas) or Liberty (at Liberty Municipal Park). Prior to starting her walks, Dr. Sulaiman had sponsored HHLH helmet giveaways and Be Wise vaccination events in her community. In October 2016, Dr. Sulaiman and the Health Center of Southeast Texas (HCOSET) combined all three of TMA’s outreach programs into one large community event. She is HCOSET’s medical director.

The TMA Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm, is committed to focusing physicians’ love of charitable giving toward helping Texans. The three TMAF-funded outreach initiatives enable physicians to give back to their community and help support TMA’s vision to “improve the health of all Texans.”

Dr. Sulaiman has been a TMA member for 11 years and also is a member of the Liberty-Chambers County Medical Society. She has received several accolades, including being named Liberty County Citizen of the Year in 2017, Country Doctor of the Year in 2016 by Staff Care, and Family Physician of the Year in 2013 by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Sulaiman believes bringing the outreach programs to her town allows her to improve her patients’ lives by strengthening the community where they live. “As a community health center provider, I truly believe I am a key part of my patients’ well-being,” she said. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the Family of Medicine.

Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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