TMA Giving Back Newsletter

May 2016   

A Shot of Prevention

National Immunization Awareness Month in August is a great time for a TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM shot clinic in your community. Check out these tips and resources to plan your back-to-school shot clinic or other event that meets the vaccination needs of children, adolescents, or adults. Be sure to order your supplies at least a month in advance. 

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Protecting Kids Heads With Hard Hats

This month, nearly 2,000 Texas children are receiving “hard hats” to protect their heads while they ride around their communities, thanks to TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. It’s Bike Month, so TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance members, and other volunteers are making safe riding a priority. TMA urges use of a properly fitted helmet for sports on wheels — bicycling, inline skating, skateboarding, and riding a scooter. You can sponsor a helmet giveaway event anytime, but our next big push will be October, Hard Hats for Little Heads month. 

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 Bacterial Pneumonia and More: Grants Target Local Vaccination Needs

Grayson County in far north Texas had seen an increase in hospitalizations for bacterial pneumonia, so they used a Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants in 2013 to bring that number down. Bacterial pneumonia is one of 10 preventable conditions that can land people in the hospital, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which tracks diseases.  

TMA member J. Timothy Parker, MD, of Denison, and Heritage Park Surgical Hospital partnered with other organizations in Grayson County to give 60 bacterial pneumonia vaccinations and educate people about the vaccine’s importance. They gave the shots at a free dental clinic day and at a local housing authority residents’ meeting. 

Tanya Martin, RN, infection control nurse at Heritage Park hospital, said the grant allowed them to provide vaccines and education to senior citizens and other individuals at high risk for bacterial pneumonia. “Caring for the community benefits us all,” Ms. Martin said. 

High rates of bacterial pneumonia-related hospitalizations continue across Texas. Check out your county’s rate and consider applying for a grant if rates are high in your area. 

The Be Wise grants — available to TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, county medical societies (CMSs), and TMA Alliance chapters — can kick-start a free or low-cost shot clinic in your community. Simply complete an online application for a shot clinic during the next four to six months and send it to TMA by July 1. TMA will accept applications again on Nov. 1 for events in early 2017.   

Any recommended vaccination from flu to bacterial pneumonia is eligible. Grant recipients have up to 12 months to use their funds for a new or expanded shot clinic. 

Since the Local Impact Grants program began in 2012, TMA has awarded 51 grants totaling nearly $80,000. For help planning your event, check out the updated Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide and Be Wise Event Ideas

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Fundraising Challenge Benefits Hard Hats

Nearly 5,000 young Texans will be protected from serious or life-threatening head injury, thanks to a generous matching grant that donors won for the TMA Foundation (TMAF), TMA’s philanthropic arm. Approximately $24,000 was raised for Hard Hats in TMAF’s Make-A-Difference drive, which earned a $10,500 match from an anonymous physician and his spouse — totaling more than $34,000 for the award-winning program.

The quick-paced fundraising effort was part of TMAF’s 23rd annual gala on April 29 during TexMed in Dallas. This is the fifth year the donor couple offered the generous matching grant that has inspired dozens of other donors to join them in helping TMA teach little Texans the value of prevention by wearing a bike helmet. You can still add your support to Hard Hats or other initiatives made possible by TMAF.

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 Obesity in Texas: Be Part of the Solution

Texas desperately needs programs to create lasting health changes to improve these statistics:  

  • Texas is the 11th most obese state in the nation with nearly one-third (a record 31.9 percent) of adults obese, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. 
  • Sixty percent of Texas adults aren’t active enough to make positive health changes. 
  • Nearly 40 percent of Texas residents are Latino, and almost half of them (47.8 percent) are obese (U.S. Census; The State of Obesity). Latinos also too often have less access to safe places for physical activity.   

 TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD Texas) is one way you can model a healthy lifestyle. The program takes aim at the adult obesity rate and the high rate of inactivity among Texans by encouraging participants to adopt healthy behaviors, starting with a walk. To find out how you can start WWAD Texas in your community, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. 

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TMAF Offers Health Improvement Grants

The TMA Foundation is accepting applications to its 2016-17 Medical Community Grants and Medical Student Leadership Grants programs. TMA county medical societies and TMA Alliance and medical student chapters are eligible to apply for these grants. Programs should be collaborative and address TMA priorities — tobacco use; obesity/metabolic syndrome; mental health and substance use disorders; violence, victimization, or unintentional injuries; vaccine-preventable diseases (through immunizations); unplanned pregnancy; or environmental health (or hazards). CMSs and alliance chapters may receive up to $7,500, and medical student chapters may receive up to $3,000. Learn more, including how to apply. 

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Science Teachers Inspire Future Doctors

Six Texas science teachers who use outstanding techniques to inspire their students to choose careers in science — and possibly medicine — have received the 2016 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The first-place winners received their awards during TexMed in Dallas late last month, and the second-place winners will receive their awards in local ceremonies. The awards recognize elementary, middle school, and high school teachers.

Only 36 percent of Texas eighth-graders have achieved proficiency in science, according to the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 report. Through this award, TMA hopes to improve these numbers by recognizing innovative teachers and providing them resources to continue motivating and engaging students. Top recipients receive a $5,000 cash prize, and their schools receive a $2,000 resource grant toward their science programs. Second-place winners’ schools receive a $1,000 resource grant.

The 2016 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are made possible with a grant from TMAF, which is supported through an endowment generously established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler and gifts from physicians and their families. 

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Minority Students Receive Med School Scholarships

Eleven minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall each will receive a $10,000 scholarship from TMA. Students were awarded the scholarships at TexMed in Dallas late last month. The scholarships recognize commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population.   

TMA created the Minority Scholarship Program in 1998 to help diversify the physician workforce to meet the health care needs of Texans. The TMA Educational Scholarship, Loan, and Awards Committee selects one recipient from each Texas medical school annually to receive a scholarship, funded by TMAF.  

In 2015, TMAF presented an exciting option to the committee: increase the scholarship for the first time in 2016, from $5,000 to $10,000 each, thanks to a generous donor who was establishing a $3.2 million trust fund for the program. The $10,000 scholarships will be paid over the students’ four years of medical school. 

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Contact  

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, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. You also can help support these three programs with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which provides funding for the programs.

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 Upcoming TMA Outreach Events

Please let us know about your event, so we can promote it here on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads

Where: Marshall
When: May 14
Sponsor: Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC)-Marshall 

Where: Kilgore
When: May 14
Sponsor: Craig Meek, MD, and GSMC-Kilgore*

Where: Quinlan
When: May 14
Sponsor: Sarah Lay, MD, and Quinlan Independent School District 

Where: Dallas
When: May 14
Sponsor: Dallas CMS Alliance and Rae’s Hope

Where: Dallas
When: May 14
Sponsor: The American Society of Safety Engineers — Southwest Chapter* 

Where: Corpus Christi
When: May 14
Sponsor: Lori Anderson, MD, and Amistad Community Health Center

Where: Round Rock
When: May 14
Sponsor: St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

Where: Austin
When: May 15
Sponsor: Matt Brimberry, MD*

Where: Port Arthur
When: May 18
Sponsor: Jefferson CMS and Alliance

Where: Port Aransas
When: May 20
Sponsor: Lori Anderson, MD, and Amistad Community Health Center

Where: Houston
When: May 21
Sponsor: Sejal Desai, MD, and Prime Care Medical Group/Azure Wellness

Where: Vernon
When: May 21
Sponsor: Adanna Amechi-Obigwe, MD, and Vernon Clinic

Where: Spearman
When: May 21
Sponsor: William Hastings, DO; Hansford County Hospital District; and Bell CMS Alliance*

Where: Boerne
When: May 27
Sponsor: Wendy McCurley, MD, and Kendall CMS

Where: Alpine
When: May 27
Sponsor: Adrian Billings, MD, PhD

*First event 

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM are made possible in 2016 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: Brenham
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD

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

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

Where: Hillsboro
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Heather Derington, DO

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

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Amanda Parker, MD

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

Where: Katy
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Cheng Ruan, 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 San Antonio
When: First Sunday
Sponsor: Sam Stevens, 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

 +Renewed

TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible in 2016 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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