TMA Giving Back Newsletter

December 2016


 Outreach Extraordinaire

Jasmine Sulaiman, MD, Cleveland, and the staff at the Health Center of Southeast Texas (HCSET) combined all three of TMA’s outreach programs into one big community event on Oct. 15. More than 400 people turned out.

Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn McWaters proclaimed Oct. 15 Walk With a Doc Day in Cleveland for Dr. Sulaiman’s kick-off event. Along with Walk With a Doc Texas, HCSET hosted a Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway and a Be Wise — ImmunizeSM flu shot clinic for kids. Thank you, Dr. Sulaiman, for your dedication to keeping your community healthy.

Dr. Sulaiman is just one of the many TMA Family members who have hosted a TMA outreach event during 2016. Because of your dedication, we are able to “improve the health of all Texans.” Look for a complete recap of the year’s achievements in an early 2017 issue of Giving Back. Until then, enjoy a holiday season filled with family and    

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Physician, Medical-Student Journalists: Enter TMA Contest

Do you write a medical column or articles for your local newspaper or magazine? Host a health-focused segment on a local TV or radio station? If so, enter your work in the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards contest. 

TMA will celebrate its 60th year of honoring Texas journalists for excellent medical news reporting with the 2017 contest. The Physician Excellence in Reporting category is just for you: It recognizes physician and medical-student reporters who regularly contribute to general-interest media aimed at a Texas public audience. (Eleven other award categories honor professional journalists in print, television, radio, and online media.) 

Enter today. Any news story published or broadcast in 2016 is eligible. TMA will accept entries until Jan. 10, 2017. You also can nominate a colleague who is an outstanding medical journalist — or a local professional journalist (nonphysician).  

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Support TMA Outreach Programs to Honor Friends, Colleagues

This holiday season consider making a donation in honor of a friend or colleague to the TMA Foundation supporting TMA’s signature community outreach programs. Your honoree will receive a beautiful holiday card letting him or her know you’ve made a generous gift in his or her honor. And more Texans can benefit from TMA’s award-winning programs in 2017! Learn how.  

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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

  • Dec. 10, Houston, Harris County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance
  • Dec. 10, Austin, Travis CMS Alliance
  • Dec. 12, San Antonio, Sonny Arkangel, MD, and Military Order of Purple Hearts Alamo Chapter
  • Dec. 14, Mansfield, J. Mike White, MD, and Bikes for Angels
  • Dec. 14, San Antonio, Jesse Moss Jr., MD, and Rotary eClub of San Antonio*
  • Dec. 16, Wichita Falls, Wichita CMS Alliance
  • Dec. 17, Fort Worth, Tarrant 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: 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 (begins 2017)
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: Amanda Parker, MD+

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

Where: Houston
When: First Saturday, First Walk Jan. 7, 2017
Sponsor: Ana M. Torres, MD

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

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

Where: Katy
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Cheng Ruan, 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 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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