TMA Giving Back Newsletter

September 2016

Last Call for October Outreach  

Let TMA know if you're planning a TMA Be Wise - ImmunizeSM flu shot clinic or Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway in October! We will alert the media about all events around the state. To have your event listed, send us your event information by Friday, Sept. 16.

We need these details: name of event, date and time, location and address, cell phone number of the person in charge at the event if the media want to reach you, and whether the event is closed (reserved for a special group of invitees) or open to the public. For Be Wise, we also need to know if your shots are free or low-cost.

If you haven't ordered helmets for your October Hard Hats event, do that now so we can deliver them in time. Also order your Be Wise educational or giveaway items if you haven't already.  

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Be Wise Awards Grants for Shot Clinics  

Be Wise - Immunize recently awarded nine Local Impact Grants to help TMA physicians and TMA Alliance members host events to vaccinate Texans against the flu and bacterial pneumonia. Grantees and their projects are: 

  • Bexar County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance: Child care workers attending a state conference in San Antonio will receive free flu vaccinations to protect themselves and the kids in their care from seasonal flu.
  • Adrian Billings, MD, PhD; and Katie Ray, MD, and Presidio County Health Services: More than 200 children and adults will receive free flu shots in Presidio County, where flu vaccination rates have fallen well below state and national averages.
  • Jill Holland, MD, and Faith Family Medical Clinic, Kilgore: Underserved and uninsured seniors will receive a free bacterial pneumonia vaccination in conjunction with the clinic's flu shot push.
  • Lamia Kadir, MD, Austin: Underserved children and adults will receive free flu shots at a local community festival in October.
  • Drs. Lekshmi Nair and Hema Salvady, Manvel, along with Love to Share Foundation America: Local children and adults will receive free flu shots, including the high-dose vaccine for seniors, at an annual health fair in Brazoria County.
  • Paris-Lamar County Health District, along with Lamar-Delta CMS: Four hundred local adults will receive free flu shots at a drive-through clinic in October.
  • Parker CMS: Children and adults in Parker County will receive free flu vaccinations at the organization's fifth annual health fair in October.
  • South Plains Immunization Network, along with Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance: Low-income adults in Lubbock will receive a free flu vaccination in conjunction with a local food bank in November.
  • Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, and Mercy Effect, Fort Worth: Underserved Haltom City residents will receive flu vaccinations at a local health fair in October.

Want to see your name on this list? Check out the Be Wise - Immunize Quick Start Manual to start planning your vaccination event, and apply for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant to help fund it. Applications are due Nov. 1 for grants of up to $2,500 for shot clinics in early 2017. Grants will be awarded by Feb. 15, 2017. 

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Fighting Flu Starts With You  

Flu season is just around the corner. TMA offers several resources to help you, your family, and your patients: 

  • Remind health care workers to get their flu shot with this poster to hang in break rooms or other common areas. TMA encourages 100-percent flu vaccination coverage for health care workers.
  • Use TMA's flu infographic and/or flu fact sheet (both in English and Spanish). Post in public places, distribute at health fairs, or download to your website or Facebook page. 
  • Get your flu shot during TMA's Fall Conference. Stop by Baron's Ballroom C between 8 am and 9 am on Saturday, Sept. 24. The quadrivalent flu vaccine will be $40, with cash/check collected on site. (UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and Scott & White insurances will be accepted.) Reserve your vaccination when you register for the conference. TMA's Council on Health Promotion and Be Wise - ImmunizeSMare cosponsoring the event.

To order flu materials, email Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator.  

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Host a Walk in Your Community  

Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas is poised to end 2016 with an all-time high of nearly 40 walks, but you can still join the movement. WWAD supports physician-hosted monthly walks with their patients and community members, and TMA provides everything you need for your walk. Contact Debra Heater to find out how you can keep your community moving.

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For the Good of the Herd

Be Wise now offers thank-you notes to hand out at shot clinics. The notes, in English and Spanish, thank participants for getting their vaccinations, and help explain herd immunity: “Your shots keep you from getting an illness and passing it to someone who might not be able to fight it, like a newborn, a cancer patient, or an elderly person. Diseases like flu or measles can’t spread when many people in a community are vaccinated. So when you get your shots, you help your community stay healthy.” Be sure to request the notes when you order other Be Wise supplies.

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Point, Click — With Permission

When you take photos at your outreach event, be sure to use the photo release TMA provides. Depending on your event, you can use our release for kids and/or adults, in English or in Spanish. TMA must have a signed release to use your photo on our website or in printed materials. If you are working with an organization that has its own release, contact TMA to find out whether you can make one photo release work for both organizations.


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

  • Sept. 10, Georgetown, Candida Suffridge, MD, and Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Sept. 17, Plainview, Hale-Floyd-Briscoe CMS*
  • Sept. 17, Georgetown, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
  • Sept. 17, Dallas, Dallas CMS Alliance
  • Sept. 24, Austin, Travis CMS Alliance
  • Sept. 25, San Antonio, Bexar CMS Alliance
  • Sept. 25, Plano, American Muslim Women Physicians Association
  • Sept. 29, Dallas, Dallas CMS
  • Oct. 1, Midland, Midland Pediatric Associates
  • Oct. 4, San Marcos, Texas State University
  • Oct. 8, Marshall, Pilot Club of Marshall
  • October, San Antonio, Joel Blumberg, MD, and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Be Wise  

  • Oct. 1, Haltom City, Stephen Vaughn, MD, and Mercy Effect
  • Oct. 1, Webster, Angelina Farella, MD
  • October-December, Kilgore, Jill Holland, MD,* and Faith Family Medical Clinic
Combined Hard Hats and Be Wise  
  • Sept. 10, Manvel, Drs. Lekshmi Nair and Hemy Salvady, and Love to Share Foundation America
  • Sept. 10, New Braunfels, Lowe’s
  • Sept. 17, Tyler, Melanie Wick, MD;* Smith CMS Alliance, and East Texas Medical Center  

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

Where: Cleveland
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Jasmine Sulaiman, 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: 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
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: 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: 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


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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