TMA Giving Back Newsletter

April 2016   

Be Wise Funds Local Shot Clinics

TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM just awarded four Local Impact Grants to help TMA physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students host shot clinics to protect Texans young and old from vaccine-preventable diseases. Grantees and their projects are as follows:  

Interested in being next on this list? Check out the updated Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual to start planning your Be Wise vaccination event, and apply for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant to help fund it. 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 2017. 

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Share the Joy (and Safety) of Biking

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy

Help local kids enjoy this pleasure safely by hosting a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway in May. It’s Bike Month, and May is full of tie-in observances to give helmets:    

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

National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 6, kicked off a month-long celebration of physical activity. The American Heart Association event encourages people to get up and move. So April is a perfect time to start a Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas event in your community or join an existing one to see what it’s all about. To find out more about WWAD Texas, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. 

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 The Skinny on Outreach  

Don’t miss these TMA outreach program activities later this month at TexMed 2016/AllMed 2016 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, April 27-30:   

  • Learn how you can put TMA’s outreach programs into action locally: The TMA Foundation booth at TexMed’s EXPO (booth No. 3 in the Trinity Foyer) will showcase TMA’s outreach programs. Stop by to ask questions about Hard Hats, Be Wise, or WWAD; or to meet program managers and Walk With a Doc founder David Sabgir, MD, who will travel in from WWAD’s home base in Ohio. 
  • Join us at the Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting (and have a chance to win free merchandise): Interested in hosting a local Be Wise vaccination event but don’t know where to start? Find out how Friday, April 29, from 2 pm to 3 pm at our TexMed Be Wise outreach meeting in Ming, in the Tower Mezzanine. First-time visitors or “regulars” who bring a friend who hasn’t attended before will be entered into a drawing to win $50 in free merchandise for a Be Wise event.  

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Welcome Dr. Hampton

Moss Hampton, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Midland, has joined TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize Physician Advisory Panel. The now 23-member panel provides clinical expertise for Be Wise materials and activities, and members serve as spokespersons on TMA’s vaccination education efforts through the media, such as this news release.

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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 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: Georgetown
When: May 4
Sponsor: Lynn Azuma, MD* 

Where: Quitman and Yantis
When: May 4
Sponsor: Pilot Club of Quitman

Where: Alba
When: May 5
Sponsor: Pilot Club of Quitman

Where: Gainsville
When: May 7
Sponsor: Lauren Buck, MD*

Where: Irving
When: May 7
Sponsor: Bike Irving

Where: Marshall
When: May 14
Sponsor: Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall

Where: Port Aransas
When: May 20
Sponsor: Lori Anderson, MD*

Where: Vernon
When: May 21
Sponsor: Adanna Amechi-Obigwe, MD, and Vernon Clinic

Where: Boerne
When: May 27
Sponsor: Kendall CMS

*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 (first walk Feb. 27)
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: 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: 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: 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 3rd 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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