Win $5,000 For Your Community’s Champion of Health

Chances are, there’s an amazing program in your town or city that promotes healthy lives and healthy communities. 

You can help them do even more by nominating them for the 2019 Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award, and put them in the running for a $5,000 grant. 


The Champion of Health Award focuses on exceptional initiatives in Texas that address urgent threats to the public’s health and that further TMAF’s mission “to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans.”

In 2018, winners were an Amarillo clinic that provides quality urgent medical care and referral services with compassion and dignity at no cost to uninsured residents; and an Austin clinic that provides patients with pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection, at low or no cost.

Established in 1995, the award has recognized local and statewide programs for their innovative and effective ways of reaching Texans. It is named after John P. McGovern, MD, a philanthropist and humanitarian who founded the John P. McGovern Foundation in Houston. Dr. McGovern set up a permanent endowment at TMAF that supports this award. 

Deadline for entries is Oct. 31. First- and second-place winners are notified in December, and the awards are presented Jan. 26, 2019, at the TMA 2019 Winter Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin. 

Learn more and make a nomination online, or contact the TMA Foundation at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664 for more information.

Photo: Alan Keister, MD, founder of Heal the City Free Clinic, an urgent care facility in Amarillo, received the 2018 TMAF John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award.

Last Updated On

October 12, 2018

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