TMA Giving Back Newsletter

April 2017 


2017 Results to Date

Hard Hats: 6,869 helmets, 19 events
Be Wise: 1,657 shots, 2 events
WWAD: 11 walks 

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 Be Wise Funds Local Shot Clinics

Texans young and old will be better protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, thanks to six upcoming projects supported by TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM. TMA physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students recently were awarded Be Wise Local Impact Grants to host shot clinics in their communities: 

  • Heather Aguirre, DO, and Austin Primary Care Physicians, Austin, will help prevent bacterial pneumonia in elderly Medicare patients by providing the vaccination free to people at higher risk who can’t afford the copay.
  • Bexar County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance will partner with the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District to provide 168 free HPV vaccinations for children during a back-to-school vaccination drive in August.
  • Lata Joshi, MD, and Lone Star Family Health Center, Conroe, will provide back-to-school vaccinations, along with a well-child visit, for uninsured kids in Montgomery County. 
  • Nandini Kohli, MD, and Austin Primary Care Physicians, Cedar Park, will help prevent bacterial pneumonia in elderly Medicare patients by providing the vaccination free to people at higher risk who can’t afford the copay.
  • Dorothy Overman, MD, and Comal County Public Health, New Braunfels, will offer a first-time Saturday shot clinic to prepare 50 children aged 4 to 6 for school. 
  • Smith CMS will provide back-to-school and flu vaccinations to students in Whitehouse Independent School District in conjunction with the Northeast Texas Public Health District.  

More Be Wise grant money is available, and you could be one of the next awardees. Applications are due July 1 for grants of up to $2,500 to be awarded by Sept. 1. You can apply again by Nov. 1 for events in 2018. Check out the updated Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual to start planning your shot clinic, and apply for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant to help fund it. 

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Promote Safe Summer Biking 

May is Bike Month — a great time to launch a summer of safe exercise with a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway. Besides Bike Month, May has several “hooks” for an event:   

TMA will send a media advisory to alert local media of helmet giveaways in their area during the month. To have your event included, we need this information by Thursday, April 20: name of your event, date, time, location including address, local sponsor, and contact information of the person in charge on the day of your event (name and cell phone number) so the media have someone to call if they have questions. Also let us know if the event is open to the public or a private/closed event. 

TMA also can help you publicize your event locally. We have sample media tools you can customize for your event, or TMA can send an announcement to your local media.   

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Outreach Extravaganza

Get the skinny on TMA’s outreach programs at TexMed 2017/AllMed 2017:  

  • Up Close and Personal in the TexMed EXPO: The TMA Foundation booth will showcase TMA’s outreach programs that it funds — Hard Hats, Be Wise, and Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD). Stop by booth 900 in the EXPO to chat with program managers about how you can put the programs into action locally. 
  • Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting: Find out how to start planning a local vaccination event at the Be Wise outreach meeting Friday, May 5, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in Chambers 2 on Level 2 of the Marriott Marquis. First-timers or repeat attendees who bring someone who hasn’t attended before will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in free merchandise for a Be Wise event. RSVP by Thursday, April 20, to win a new Be Wise T-shirt.
  • Walk With a Doc: Join us Friday, May 5, to learn more about WWAD while earning continuing medical education (CME) credit. WWAD founder David Sabgir, MD, of Ohio will present a session during the Healthy Lifestyles CME program. And step out with WWAD on Saturday, May 6. Meet Dr. Sabgir at 7 am in the Marriott Marquis lobby next to the front door for a walk around Discovery Green.   

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A Voice for Health 

“As physicians, we love helping others. We are privileged to be in a position to help individuals in a meaningful way on a daily basis, but how can we help our community in a larger way?” wrote Christine Wan, MD, Odessa, in a recent post on TMA’s Me and My Doctor blog.

Read the blog post that chronicles Dr. Wan’s journey to becoming a regular Hard Hats event sponsor. Then start thinking about what personal message and experience you could share. Your post on Me and My Doctor can be a photo, video, written message, or combination. And your post can be about your outreach event or any topic to encourage Texans to live healthier and safer. 

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Nominate Excellent Science Teachers for TMA Award

TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are getting bigger this year. Awards will total $60,500, up from $24,000 in 2016. The awards recognize teachers (elementary, middle, and high school) who share their enthusiasm for science with their students — who may become Texas’ next generation of physicians. 

Check out these changes in the awards:   

  • Three first-place Texas science teachers will receive $6,000 each, and their schools will receive a $2,000 award. (Previous: $5,000 teachers; $2,000 schools)
  • Three second-place teachers will receive $4,000 each and another $1,000 for their science curriculum. (Previous: $1,000 schools)
  • New: Three third-place teachers will receive $2,000 each, plus $1,000 for their science curriculum.
  • New: Three Rookie winners (fewer than five years of classroom experience) will receive $1,500 each, plus $1,000 for their science curriculum. 
  • New: One Overall Winner, selected from the first-place winners, will receive an additional $5,000.  

Be sure to share this information with your school or take a few minutes to nominate a teacher. (TMA will contact nominees to complete an application.) You also can make a donation to the TMA Foundation to support the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. To find out more, email Gail Schatte, or call (512) 370-1600. 

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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 Texas, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. You also can help support Hard Hats for Little Heads, 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 in the next edition of Giving Back and on the TMA website.)

Hard Hats for Little Heads

Where: Arlington
When: April 15
Sponsor: Arathi Shah, MD

Where: Beaumont
When: April 19
Sponsor: Jefferson CMS and Alliance

Where: Dallas
When: April 22
Sponsor: Dan Sepdham, MD, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSW) TMA Chapter

Where: San Antonio
When: April 22
Sponsor: Bexar CMS Alliance and Rudder Middle School

Where: Edinburg
When: April 22
Sponsor: Hidalgo-Starr CMS

Where: Austin
When: April 23
Sponsor: Travis CMS Alliance

Where: Dallas
When: April 25
Sponsor: Dallas CMS Alliance 

Where: Abilene
When: April 25
Sponsor: Big Country Medical Alliance

Where: Willis
When: April 25
Sponsor: Willis Independent School District*

Where: La Grange
When: April 27
Sponsor: Al Chorens, MD, and La Grange Breakfast Lions

Where: Houston
When: April 29
Sponsor: Mark Ward, MD, and Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor) Pediatric Student Association

Where: Midland
When: April 29
Sponsor: Midland CMS and Midland YMCA

Where: Houston
When: April 29
Sponsor: Baylor Global Health Interest Group and Freewheels Houston/Christ the King Lutheran Church

Where: Odessa
When: April 29
Sponsor: Violeta Bello, MD,* and Permian Basin Bicycle Association

Where: Laredo
When: April 29
Sponsor: James Mobley, MD, and Healthy South Texas 

Where: Irving
When: April 29
Sponsor: Bike Irving

Where: Georgetown
When: May 3
Sponsor: Lynn Azuma, MD, and Village Elementary PTA

Where: El Paso
When: May 6
Sponsor: Christopher Craig, MD, and El Paso Pediatric Associates*

Where: Mount Pleasant
When: May 6
Sponsor: Titus Regional Medical Center* 

Where: Victoria
When: May 6
Sponsor: Dr. Mobley and Healthy South Texas 

Where: Houston
When: May 6
Sponsor: Elizabeth Noser, MD

Where: Paris
When: May 8
Sponsor: Lamar-Delta CMS 

Where: Houston
When: May 11
Sponsor: Eric Lee, MD, and Baylor Family Medicine Interest Group

Combined Hard Hats and Be Wise

Where: Dallas
When: May 6
Sponsor: UTSW Pediatric Interest Group 

*First event

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: Alpine
When: Twice Monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: Adrian Billings, MD

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: 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 (weekly)
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: Manvel
When: First walk March 5, then First Sunday
Sponsor: Lekshmi Nair, 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 Saturday
Sponsor: Mark McClanahan, 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
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 +

+Renewed

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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