TMA Giving Back Newsletter

June 2016   

Act Now: Boost Vaccination Rates

The clock is ticking on two vaccination opportunities through TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program:   

  • Grants for local shot clinics: July 1 is the next deadline to apply for a Local Impact Grant — available to TMA physicians/clinics, medical student chapters, county medical societies (CMSs), and TMA Alliance chapters. This is the last opportunity to apply for grant money in time for fall flu shot clinics. Simply complete an online application for events through the end of the year. (TMA will accept applications again on Nov. 1 for events in early 2017.)  
  • National Immunization Awareness Month in August: Schedule your Be Wise — Immunize back-to-school vaccination event today. Remember to order your supplies at least a month beforehand. If you need help planning your event, give TMA a call.     

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 Walking With a Doc: A Prescription for Good Health

One in 10 adults over age 18 was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015, and adults between the ages of 40 and 59 had the highest rate of obesity (34.6 percent), according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were part of the recently released National Health Interview Survey that collects information on illness and disability in the United States. 

TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD Texas) is working to change these statistics in the Lone Star State. The program allows physicians to model a healthy, active lifestyle by hosting monthly walks with their patients and community members. And walking is a safe and effective way to combat obesity and diabetes. Currently, more than 30 physicians are routinely leading walks in their communities. To find out how you can start WWAD Texas in your community, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. 

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First Giveaway = Free Helmets

TMA will give 10 extra free helmets to any county medical society or TMA Alliance chapter that hosts its first Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway event during October, which we dub Hard Hats for Little Heads Month. The 10 helmets are a bonus to the free helmet match you already receive from TMA on your purchase of helmets. Check out these ideas for events or come up with another idea for your giveaway, such as a fall festival or National Night Out event. 

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Stick Up for Healthy Habits

TMA has a new set of stickers promoting good health habits to give to kids at outreach events. The five-sticker series targets helmet use, vaccinations, physical activity, healthy eating, and hand washing. Look for them on the materials order forms. 

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 Blog Your Passion

TMA’s Me and My Doctor blog is a great place to share personal messages that urge Texans to live healthier and safer. Lori Anderson, MD, a Corpus Christi pediatrician, said in a recent post, “I love to get on my bike and go to our local nature trails with my birding binoculars. I watch the wildlife while wandering from trail to trail. When I get home, I feel as though I’ve had an adventure, and can’t help but smile.”  

Dr. Anderson, a repeat Hard Hats for Little Heads sponsor, wove a safety message with her testimony on the joys of biking: “When safety is not one of the priorities, serious injuries can occur. Parents fall short when they do not insist on their child wearing a properly fitted helmet for all bike, skating, scooter, and skateboard activities.” 

Meanwhile, Lisa Swanson, MD, Mesquite pediatrician and chair of TMA’s Council on Child and Adolescent Health, stressed the value of vaccinations with this personal account: “My father’s youngest sister died of diphtheria when she was 3 years old. I remember my aunt, who was in her 80s at the time, crying as she told me the story of watching her little sister cough and choke and eventually die. The pain of Helen’s loss never left her.”  

She continued, “Vaccines are the single greatest scientific breakthrough of the 20th century to protect children. Vaccines keep them safe and allow them to grow to healthy adults. It is in a child’s best interest to be vaccinated…”  

Read the blog post in its entirety and start thinking about what message 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 health topic you’re passionate about.  

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Immunization Input

Does your work involve vaccinations? If so, The Immunization Partnership (TIP) wants to hear from you. Take a few minutes to complete this survey by June 30. The results will help TIP better understand what resources and/or policies are needed to improve vaccination rates across age groups.  

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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, 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: Sherman
When: June 11
Sponsor: Jennifer Laing, MD, and Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center* 

Where: Buda
When: June 11
Sponsor: Tri-County Medical Society and Buda Library

Where: Tyler
When: June 20
Sponsor: East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Trauma Services 

Where: Pasadena
When: June 20-23
Sponsor: Mark Hanfling, MD, and Harris Health System’s Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center-Pasadena

Where: Tyler
When: July 18
Sponsor: ETMC Trauma Services 

Where: Houston
When: July 23
Sponsor: Mark Ward, MD, and Baylor MedPeds Program

Where: Richardson
When: Aug. 20
Sponsor: Charles Barker, MD, and St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

*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 (starts June 11)
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: Second Saturday (starts June 18)
Sponsor: Maxine Theriot, MD

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

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

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

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

Where: Jasper
When: Third Saturday (starts June 18)
Sponsor: Larry Brown, 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


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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