June 26, 2017
D. Green, MD, a hospitalist in Paris, 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
which funds them.
“I like these
programs because they give you a concrete way to help the community and help keep
people from getting sick,” said Dr. Green. “It’s
about seeing the pride in kids’ faces when they receive a helmet or seeing the
appreciation when people get a free shot.”
Dr. Green has
hosted TMA HHLH helmet giveaway events for local children for eight years. She
also has partnered with the local health department for three years to sponsor a
Be Wise drive-thru shot clinic, where local residents can get flu shots and
information about the importance of vaccinations. Dr. Green also began hosting
monthly WWAD events in her community in 2014, in which she invites community
members to walk with her at a track in West Paris.
Green said WWAD probably affects her the most because she gets to know the
people who attend the walks. “Sometimes we visit about medical problems, or
sometimes just about life,” she said.
Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm, is committed to focusing physicians’ love
of charitable giving to help 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.”
A TMA member for
23 years, Dr. Green also serves as a liaison between Lamar-Delta County Medical
Society (CMS) physicians and Lamar-Delta CMS Alliance volunteers to coordinate
events and resources.
Dr. Green has
practiced in Paris since 2003. She is chief of staff at the Paris Regional
Medical Center, as well as medical director for the Paris Lamar County Health
District. She chose a medical career because she liked science and the human connection.
“I selected medicine because of the people,” said Dr. Green. “It’s about
lifelong learning and public health; that’s both challenging and rewarding.”
for ways to give back, Dr. Green plans to continue hosting additional TMA outreach
programs to help her community stay healthy.
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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