Grants to TMA Programs

Healthy Now

Walk with a Doc-Texas (WWAD)

 WWAD engages physicians and their patients to promote and nurture healthy physical activity and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, especially obesity. Through WWAD - Texas, TMA physician members establish walks that engage patients in walking with them at least once a month for 12 months. Participants enjoy healthy food and lifestyle education through brief presentations before each walk, conversation with the physician and other healthcare team members and take-home information hand-outs.

WWAD Texas is funded by generous support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and Prudential.

Be Wise - Immunize
Be Wise - Immunize is a public health initiative of Texas Medical Association (TMA), and was launched in 2004.  The program aims to improve Texas's childhood immunization rate to 90 percent.  The primary strategies used to increase statewide immunization rates are communication, education, and action. The primary strategies used to increase statewide immunization rates are communication, education, and action. Nearly 300,000 immunizations have been given at more than 900 clinics and events. The program supports local immunization efforts through grants fund new or expanded shot clinics, or coalition activity to immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults.  Learn about the Be Wise Local Impact Grants.

For more information, e-mail the Be Wise Coordinator or call (512) 370-1470.

 H-E-B and TMF-Health Quality Institute helped launch TMA’s Be Wise—Immunize in 2004 with generous grants that have inspired others to grow and develop this important initiative over the years. TMAF thanks these Founding Partners for their continued commitment to a Health Now and their generous support for the 2017 Be Wise Program.

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of Texas Medical Association.

Hard Hats for Little Heads 
The goal of Texas Medical Association's Hard Hats for Little Heads program is to preserve brain health by helping to prevent life-altering or fatal brain injuries in Texas children. Since the program's inception in 1994, more than 235,000 helmets have been given to children at no cost. The free helmets are given to children ages 14 and younger at community events such as bicycle safety rodeos and health fairs. These events are coordinated by county medical societies, Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians, medical student chapters, and/or Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) chapters.

Members of the TMA family can participate by sponsoring a helmet giveaway in their community. To find out how, contact Tammy Wishard, program coordinator, at or (512) 370-1470.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio — and generous gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of medicine..  

Texas Two Step
This initiative by the Texas College of Emergency Physicians and HealthCorps  provided skills training to community participants, instructing how to act quickly in the event of cardiac emergencies following two easy steps: 1) Call 911 and 2) Initiate hands-only CPR. The long-term goal for the program is to establish a successful one-day annual community service project led by Texas medical students that will be replicated on a national level. The project has trained more than 20,000 Texans on how to save lives with hands-only CPR.

Healthy Future

TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching
This TMA program was started in 1990 as a way for organized medicine to instill greater recognition for the value of science and of innovative teaching to inspire students to consider medicine and other science related fields of study. The program identifies outstanding science teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels and recognizes them with a cash award as well as a grant for their school to further enhance its science curriculum (see the most recent winners).

Scientific literacy has declined in the U.S. since the 1970s.  According to the National Science Foundation's 2005 Science and Engineering Indicators/2008 report, 23 percent of Texas eight graders and 25 percent of fourth graders have achieved proficiency science compared to a US average of 27 percent.

TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching is presented annually during TMA's TexMed meeting. Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler, Austin, for whom the program is named, are lifetime supporters through a permanent endowment the couple established at TMA Foundation in the late 1990s. Up to $25,000 in additional support is needed each year. 

 Hear how recent winners go the extra mile to ensure their students excel.

Parents, students, colleagues, and administrators are strongly encouraged to nominate teachers who exemplify excellence in any area of science.  Nominate more than one if you feel strongly about several teachers.  Self-nominations also are accepted and encouraged.  For more information or to nominate, call Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600, e-mail or go to the TMA website.

TMA's Minority Scholarship Program
Established in 1998, TMA's Minority Scholarship Program was designed as a unique means to fill a gap brought about by the Hopwood ruling barring public medical schools from considering race in financial aid decisions. This is particularly significant in Texas where there is a low population-to-physician ratio for the growing Hispanic and African American populations (see chart). In 2015, thanks to the support of significant donors to TMAF, $5,000 scholarships were awarded to incoming medical students at each of the nine Texas medical schools. In 2016 the program expanded with two new medical schools opening in the Austin and the Rio Grande Valley, as well as enlarging the scholarship amount to $10,000 per student.

To be considered for a scholarship contact Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600, e-mail or go to the TMA website.

University of Health 

The University of Health is a public health forum held four times a year to discuss Texas’ role in public health and safety and the economic impact of public health issues. Sessions focus on public health infrastructure, immunizations, obesity, tobacco use cancer control and related topics. Legislative members and their staff are the target audience for these University of Health public forums.