TMA Giving Back Newsletter

January 2015   

New Year’s Resolution: Host a TMA Outreach Event

If you’re starting 2016 as most of us do, with plans to make it healthier, put a TMA outreach event on your to-do list. TMA’s three outreach programs provide great ways for you to impact the health of your community:     

  • 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.
  • Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program to encourage exercise and prevent brain injuries. It’s not too early to start gearing up for three key program months: March, Brain Injury Awareness Month; April, Child Safety Month in Texas; and May, Bike Month. And during these months, TMA will boost your publicity by sending a statewide media advisory that lists all events across the state. 
  • Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  vaccination education and outreach program. TMA has resources to help you sponsor a vaccination education event or host a shot clinic in your community. See the “Take Action on Vaccination” story below to find out about how TMA can help you fund an event.     

Many of you and your colleagues hosted successful events in 2015. We’re still tallying our success from the year, so we’ll bring you more details in February. 

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Free Helmets for Pediatricians, Family Physicians

If you’re a member of the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) or the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), you can get up to 50 helmets at no cost to give away in your community. Both organizations cover their members’ cost to purchase up to 25 helmets for a Hard Hats event. TMA then doubles that with an equal match of free helmets. You can purchase more helmets at our low price if you want to give more than 50 helmets. Thanks, TAFP, for 11 years of support, and TPS, for three years of support.   

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 Take Action on Vaccination

Two upcoming Be Wise opportunities will help you kick start a vaccination event in 2016:  

  • Be Wise Outreach Meeting: Join fellow immunization champions at the Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting during TMA’s Winter Conference in Austin. We’ll gather to share ideas for local vaccination events on Friday, Jan. 29, at 2 pm in the Padre Island Room of the Hyatt Regency. Bring a friend who hasn’t attended before, and we’ll enter you both into a drawing for $50 worth of event supplies. 
  • Local Impact Grants: Make a local vaccination event a reality with the help of a Be Wise —Immunize Local Impact Grant. Grants of up to $2,500 can fund a new shot clinic or expand an existing event for TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters. Simply complete an online application and send it to TMA by March 1. 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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New Hard Hats Funding = More Kids Protected

More children from Bexar County and surrounding counties will be protected from head injury, thanks to a generous grant to TMA Foundation (TMAF) from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. The donation supports 2016 Hard Hats for Little Heads events in these counties: Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson. Contact Tammy Wishard to sponsor an event in these counties and for ideas on possible partner organizations nearby.  

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Set It and Forget It

You support TMA’s outreach programs. If you’d like to contribute to them regularly — or any other TMAF-funded program — TMAF’s Pulse Donor program is the answer! 

“My monthly donation provides steady, dependable support which enables the TMA Foundation to fund programs that reach more Texans each year in the most impactful way. It’s also an easy way to demonstrate my commitment and support for much-needed programs, such as TMA’s Minority Scholarship Program and TMAF’s General Endowment.”— Gregory R. Johnson, MD, SFHM, Houston, TMAF Board of Trustees member and Pulse Donor since January 2014. 

Dr. Johnson is helping TMA and TMAF achieve his vision of a healthier Texas through convenient, monthly giving to TMAF’s Annual Fund. When you become a Pulse Donor, you can “set it and forget it” (gift amount, frequency, and credit card). TMAF, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, will send you a yearly statement, as gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of federal law.   

Gifts to TMAF’s Annual Fund impact the health of your community and Texans statewide. Your 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 Hard Hats and WWAD.   

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


For information about Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, 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 Hard Hats, Be Wise — Immunize, or Walk With a Doc 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: Houston
When: Weekly clinics
Sponsor: Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center*

Where: Irving
When: Feb. 13
Sponsor: Faryal Ghaffar, MD, and American Muslim Women Physicians Association

Where: Temple
When: Feb. 18-19
Sponsor: Terry Rascoe, MD, and Bell CMS Alliance*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: 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: Charles E. Bell, M+

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where: Victoria
When: Twice monthly (first and 3rd Saturday)
Sponsor: C. Leilani Valdes, MD 


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

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