A volunteer-based program that embodies TMA's tagline, "Physicians caring for Texans," was recognized at TMA's Winter Conference in January when the Volunteer Physicians of New Braunfels received the 2010 TMA Foundation John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award.
Thanks to physicians and other health care professionals who volunteer their time, the New Braunfels program delivers medical care, support, and education 40 hours per week at no charge to underserved, low-income, uninsured Comal County residents. Since 2008, the program has served about 18,000 residents, and it has broader goals for the future.
The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County was second. Immunization Collaboration events have served more than 72,000 Tarrant County children since 1991, contributing toward Texas moving from 41st to 12th in vaccinations for children aged 19 months to 35 months. The Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance is a major participant in the collaboration, bringing expertise and the resources of TMA's Be Wise - Immunize SM program to its efforts.
The Champion of Health Award focuses on exceptional projects that address urgent threats to the public's health and that further the foundation's mission: to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans. The top winners receive a $5,000 award, and the secondary winner receives a $2,500 grant to enhance their programs. The award is named after John P. McGovern, MD, of Houston, who endowed the award to recognize outstanding community-based programs that promote good health through partnerships and measurable results.
To learn more about the award program and the TMA Foundation, log on to the foundation Web site or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664.
Be Wise - Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Action , Feb. 15, 2010