Current Grants to TMA Programs

 See the 2020 TMA Program Sponsors  

Healthy Now

Walk with a Doc Texas (WWAD)

WWAD engages physicians, their patients and the community in healthy physical activity to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, especially obesity. Sixty-four TMA physician members are leading walks in 2019 that engage patients in walking with them at least once a month for 12 months. Participants enjoy a healthy snack and a brief health-related presentation before each 45-90 minute walk.

Walk with a Doc Texas is supported in 2020 through a TMAF grant thanks to top donors—Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and Prudential.

Be Wise - Immunize
This public health initiative increases immunization rates by providing educational materials, grants and infrastructure to physicians, TMA alliance members and medical student members (family of medicine) so that they can 1) counter vaccine hesitancy; 2) provide needed immunizations to individuals through office visits and Be Wise shot clinics, 3) carry out vaccination education events in collaboration with local business, government and community organizations such as schools, churches, hospitals and health-related not-for-profits and 4) collaborate with and support Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in physician outreach related to Texas Vaccines for Children and Adult Safety Net programs. Since its beginning in 2004, Be Wise -- Immunize has provided nearly 360,000 vaccinations to Texas children, adolescents and 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 
Hard Hats for Little Heads encourages safe exercise and prevention of life-altering or fatal brain injuries in Texas children engaged in wheeled sports. Since inception in 1994, more than 350,000 free helmets have been given to youths aged 14 and younger at community events such as bicycle safety rodeos and health fairs. TMA and TMA Alliance members and community collaborators educate parents and children about the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet when bicycling, inline skating, skateboarding or riding a scooter..

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
Texas Two Step provides skills training to Texans in how to act quickly in the event of cardiac emergencies following two easy steps: 1) Call 911 and 2) Initiate hands-only CPR. The project has trained more than 27,800 individuals on how to save lives with hands-only CPR. It was established by Texas medical students, the Texas College of Emergency Physicians and HealthCorps and in 2018 expanded from Texas only to a national scale.

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.

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. 


  • “Courage and Determination: Pioneering African American Physicians in Texas,” follows the history and struggles of early pioneers such as Quinton Belvedre Neal, MD, the first African-American to practice medicine in Texas in 1882.
  • “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)


Last Updated On

October 06, 2020