TMA Giving Back Newsletter

January 2017


 Cheers to Healthier Communities

As you envision a healthier 2017, start planning your TMA outreach event. TMA’s three outreach programs — all funded by the TMA Foundation — provide ready-made ways to boost your community’s health:

  • Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas, a national grassroots movement to encourage physical activity. Physicians model a healthy lifestyle by leading monthly walks. TMA provides everything you need to start a WWAD event in your community: T-shirts, pedometers, liability insurance, and marketing materials. Texas boasts the most walks of any state, so help us stay in the lead. 
  • Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program that has protected the heads of 260,000 little Texans since 1994. When you purchase helmets, TMA increases your giving power by providing free helmets. To kick-start a first-time event for a county medical society (CMS) or local alliance, TMA will give a bonus of 10 free helmets.

    Start gearing up to encourage exercise and prevent brain injuries during three key program months: March, Brain Injury Awareness Month; April, Child Safety Month in Texas; and May, Bike Month. During these months, TMA will boost your publicity by sending a statewide media advisory each month that lists events across the state. 
  • Be Wise — ImmunizeSM vaccination education and outreach program that has provided more than 315,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since 2004. TMA has resources to help you sponsor a vaccination education event or host a shot clinic in your community. See “Money for Local Vaccinations” to find out about TMA’s grants for shot clinics. 

Many of you and your colleagues hosted outreach events in 2016, such as Angelina Farella, MD, of Seabrook who hosted both Be Wise and WWAD. Watch the great news coverage her vaccination event received. We’re still tallying our 2016 success, so look for more details in February.

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TAFP, TPS Docs: Claim Your Free Helmets

Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) and Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) members can get up to 50 helmets at no cost to sponsor a local Hard Hats giveaway. TAFP and TPS cover their members’ cost to purchase up to 25 helmets, and TMA doubles that with an equal match of free helmets. If you want to give more than 50 helmets, you can purchase more helmets at our low price. TAFP has supported Hard Hats for 12 years and TPS for four. Thanks for keeping it going in 2017!   

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Money for Local Vaccinations

Let TMA help you host a local shot clinic: Apply for a Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grant of up to $2,500. TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, CMSs, and TMA Alliance chapters are eligible. Simply complete an online application and send it to TMA by March 1. 

Applicants should submit a proposal at least four months in advance of the project, meaning applications received now would be for events in summer or later. Grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds. TMA will accept applications again on July 1 and Nov. 1 for shot clinics in late 2017 and early 2018. 

In December, TMA awarded two grants: 

For help planning your free or low-cost vaccination event, check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide and Be Wise Event Ideas.  

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San Antonio-Area Hard Hats Funding

The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio will continue its funding of Hard Hats for a second year in 2017 to support events in these counties: Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson. We need to have about 15 events in these counties to make use of those funds. 

And we’d love to have new helmet giveaway sponsors. To kick-start this, TMA will give 50 free helmets to one lucky, first-time sponsor (physician, CMS, or alliance) in the eight-county area. Simply email us by Feb. 15 with your idea for an event in March, April, or May (see the key months in “Cheers to Healthier Communities” article above). We’ll put all the ideas into a hat and draw one to receive the 50 free helmets.  

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The Bee Is Back

TMA has redesigned its Be Wise sponsor/volunteer T-shirts for 2017 to again feature the bee design, beloved by many. The black T-shirts sport the Be Wise logo on the front and the yellow bee on the back. Price will remain the same: $3 per shirt. Be sure to order your T-shirts when you order event supplies.

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Support Your Favorite Programs All Year

TMA’s outreach programs need ongoing volunteer and financial support to impact the health of more Texans, young and old. It’s easy to support your favorite programs year-round by becoming a TMA Foundation (TMAF) Pulse Donor. As a Pulse Donor, you make a recurring donation; you determine the amount of your gift, how frequently you want it to recur, and which credit card to use. TMAF will send you a yearly statement, which is handy since TMAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, making gifts tax-deductible to the full extent of federal law. 

Your recurring gift is combined with thousands of others to fund health improvement, science, and quality initiatives that create a Healthy Now and a Healthy Future, such as Be Wise — Immunize, Hard Hats for Little Heads, and Walk With a Doc.  

For more details or to become a Pulse Donor, call TMAF at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1466, email TMAF, or visit

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For information about Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise - Immunize, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. For Walk With a Doc Texas, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. You also can help support these three programs with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which provides their funding

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 Upcoming TMA Outreach Events

(Please let us know about your event so we can promote it in the next edition of Giving Back and on the TMA website.)

Hard Hats for Little Heads

Where: College Station
When: Feb. 15
Sponsor: Texas ENT & Allergy

Where: Corpus Christi
When: Jan. 21
Sponsor: Nueces CMS Alliance and Daniel Vijjeswarapu, MD

Where: Irving
When: Feb. 18
Sponsor: American Muslim Women Physicians Association and Faryal Ghaffar, MD

Be Wise — Immunize

Where: Houston
When: Jan. 14
Sponsor: TMA Chapter at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM are made possible in 2017 through grants from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA. Generous gifts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, an anonymous physician and spouse, and TMAF Make-A-Difference donors make Hard Hats possible, and top donations from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute make Be Wise possible. Both programs also are supported by TMA and TMA Alliance members and friends of medicine. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Walk With a Doc

Where: Austin 
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Julie Reardon, MD+

Where: Austin 
When: Fourth Saturday 
Sponsor: Philip Huang, MD, MPH with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services and City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Where: Bastrop
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Estela Mota, MD

Where: Boerne
When: Third Tuesday 
Sponsor: Sara Stuart, MD, and Cibolo Family Medicine

Where: Brenham
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD+

Where: Brownsville
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Rose Gowen, MD

Where: Cleveland/Liberty (alternates)
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Jasmine Sulaiman, MD

Where: Corpus Christi
When: Monthly (Starts Ja. 21, the First Saturday)
Sponsor: Albert Gest, DO

Where: Cuero
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Michael McLeod, MD, and Cuero Community Hospital+

Where: Dallas
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Lydia Best, MD+

Where: Dallas
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Rita Hamilton, DO, and Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation

Where: Dallas
When: Every Saturday (weekly)
Sponsor: Sarah Helfand, MD+

Where: Dallas
When: Every Saturday 
Sponsor: Maxine Theriot, MD

Where: Edinburg
When: Every Monday (weekly)
Sponsor: Belinda Jordan, MD+

Where: Georgetown
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Susan Pike, MD+

Where: Harlingen
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Ricardo Alaniz, MD, and Su Clinica

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Afua Agyarko, MD+

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Julie Patel, MD

Where: Houston
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Ana M. Torres, MD

Where: Jasper
When: Third Saturday 
Sponsor: Larry Brown, MD

Where: Katy
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Cindy Anthis, MD+

Where: Longview
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Brenda Vozza-Zeid, MD

Where: Lubbock
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Piyush Mittal, MD+

Where: Midland
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Manoher Gurru, MD+

Where: Odessa
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Madhu Pamganamamula, MD

Where: Paris
When: Third Thursday
Sponsor: Amanda Green, MD+

Where: Plainview
When: Second Friday
Sponsor: Travis King, MD

Where: Port Arthur
When: Every Wednesday (weekly)
Sponsor: Tracie Updike, MD+

Where: San Antonio
When: Second Sunday
Sponsor: Vijay Koli, MD

Where: San Antonio
When: Second Saturday, First Walk Jan. 14, 2017
Sponsor: Jorge Alvarez, MD

Where: Seabrook
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Angelina Farella, MD

Where: Sugar Land
When: Last Wednesday
Sponsor: Heather Hamilton, MD+

Where: Temple
When: Third Saturday 
Sponsor: William Bohannon, MD

Where: Tyler 
When: Every Thursday (weekly)
Sponsor: Smith CMS and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD+

Where: Victoria
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: C. Leilani Valdes, MD +

Where: Woodlands
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Kelly Aguilar, MD


TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible in 2017 through a grant from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, with generous support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and Prudential.

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