Current Grants to TMA Programs

Healthy Now

Walk with a Doc Texas (WWAD)

WWAD engages physicians and their patients to promote and encourage 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 a healthy snack and lifestyle education through brief presentations before each walk, conversation with the physician and other healthcare team members and take-home educational hand-outs.

Walk with a Doc Texas is supported in 2019 through a TMAF grant thanks to top donors—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and Prudential.

Be Wise - Immunize
Be Wise - Immunize is a public health initiative of Texas Medical Association (TMA) that was launched in 2004.  The program aims to improve Texas's immunization rates through communication, education, and action. More than 360,000 immunizations have been given at more than 900 clinics and events. The program supports local immunization efforts through grants that support 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.

Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative of TMA and the TMA Alliance, a volunteer organization of physicians and their spouses. BWI is funded in 2020 by TMA Foundation thanks to major support from H-E-B and generous donations from physicians and their families and other donors whose gifts create a Healthy Now and Healthy Future for more Texans.

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 Healthy Now and their generous support for the 2019 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 320,000 bike helmets have been given to children at no cost. The free helmets are provided 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 physicians, medical student chapters, and/or Texas Medical Association Alliance members and chapters.

Members of the TMA family can participate by sponsoring a helmet giveaway in their community. To find out how, email the Program Coordinator, or call (512) 370-1470.

TMA’s 2020 Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.  

Texas Two Step
This initiative by the Texas College of Emergency Physicians and HealthCorps  provides 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 has been 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).

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.  

Parents, students, colleagues, and administrators are strongly encouraged to nominate one or more teachers who exemplify excellence in any area of science.  Self-nominations also are encouraged.  For more information or to nominate, call Gail Schatte at TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600, e-mail gail.schatte[at]texmed[dot]org 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. In 2016 the program doubled the scholarship amount to $10,000 per student (see the most recent recipients).

To be considered for a scholarship contact the TMA Loan Funds by email at info[at]tmaloanfunds[dot]com, call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600,  or go to the TMA website.

Distinguished Speaker Series  
The Distinguished Speaker Series is a quarterly forum for public health educators, physicians, community leaders, researchers, and thought leaders to share ideas, research, and policy options with public policy decision-makers, lawmakers, and health stakeholders in Texas. The series permits an opportunity to disseminate evidence, information, and expert opinions about the relationship between public health and Texans' well-being, safety, and economic opportunity. The series reinforces the importance of population health policy as a leading statewide priority and empowers stakeholders to advocate for evidence-based approaches to public health threats..   

History of Medicine Traveling Exhibits 
TMA’s History of Medicine Committee's "Traveling Exhibit" program serves as a liaison with the public, promotes the museum collections, and promotes patient health advocacy by way of education and historical content by creating easy to display banners of exhibits from the museum. 


  • "Deep Roots: Botanical Medicine From Plants to Prescriptions" covers several topics relevant to the health and well-being of Texans, including the use of botanicals in early indigenous groups, dangers of misinformation, herbal efficacy, and the relationship between plants and the modern pharmaceutical industry. 
  • “Cutting Edge” History of Surgery exhibit highlights the innovations made in surgical tools and techniques throughout history.
  • “Stamping Out Disease” documents the oldest of human struggles, the battle against infectious diseases, up to and beyond the emerging field of microbiology. (three banners) This series is also available in Spanish! 
  • "Smoke and Mirrors" traces early tobacco advertisements and the rise of anti-smoking campaigns that successfully countered decades of false and misleading claims. (three banners)
  • “150 Years of Texas Medicine” celebrates the milestones of Texas medical history from the days of early statehood up to 2003. (four banners)
  • “Faces of Change” honors the diversity of Texas physicians and their important contributions to medicine. (one banner)
  • "Women in Texas Medicine" highlights trailblazing women who laid the foundation for gender representation in the field of medicine. (one banner)
  • "Greetings from Texas Hospitals" A collection of vintage postcard images tells the history of diverse groups who established facilities to care for the health of Texans. (one banner)
  • "Medical Education in Texas” Ideal for students interested in medical careers, this banner traces the early history of learning institutions across the state. (one banner)

2018 Results

 WWAD 2018 Infographic HHLH 2018 Infographic BWI 2018 Infographic

Last Updated On

January 06, 2020