Health and Science Initiatives

Be Wise - Immunize
The purpose of this joint initiative of TMA and the TMA Alliance, funded through a grant from the TMA Foundation, is to substantially increase statewide immunization rates for children, adolescents, and adults. The work of Be Wise and other immunization initiatives has paid off: Texas achieved its highest vaccination ranking ever for children aged 19 through 35 months in 2008, according to National Immunization Survey. Texas ranked 12nd among the 50 states, up from 41st in 2004 when the Be Wise - Immunize program began. Thanks to H-E-B for a generous gift that provides major support for the Be Wise - Immunize program in 2009 and 2010.

Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching
Established in 1990, these awards honor elementary, junior high school, and senior high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science through creative and innovative methods to cultivate student interest in medicine and science.  The core program is supported through The TMA Foundation (TMAF) Ernest and Sarah Butler Endowment for the Recognition of Excellence in Science Teaching. Additional support for the 2010 program is provided by TMAF through a generous gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Hard Hats for Little Heads
Hard Hats for Little Heads is a matching bicycle helmet donation program for Texas physicians, county medical societies, TMA Alliances, medical student section chapters, and specialty societies to help encourage children to exercise and to do it safely. The program, established in 1994, is funded by the TMA Foundation. The 2010 program is made possible through generous contributions from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Prudential Financial, and donations from physicians and their families.   

Project WATCH
The preventable five risk factors that cause heart and brain attack are Weight, Activity, Tobacco, Cholesterol, and High blood pressure. Project WATCH, a cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention education program, aims to knock the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of Texans off the charts.

Screen Out!
A new outreach effort designed to encourage the film industry to produce youth-rated movies free of tobacco and the associated images. TMA recently joined a national effort campaign. Screen Out! is a great program for physicians, medical students and local alliances interested in removing tobacco products out of youth-rated films.