TMA Giving Back Newsletter

February 2017 

Impacting Health in 2016

Thanks to TMA Family members at work in their local communities, TMA’s outreach programs made good strides in 2016: 

  • Hard Hats for Little Heads: TMA physicians and medical students, TMA Alliance members, and county medical societies (CMSs) gave away 28,987 bicycle helmets at 167 events across Texas to help kids exercise safely. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians funded 32 events for its members, and the Texas Pediatric Society supported 17 giveaways for its members. Kudos to all our 2016 helmet giveaway hosts. To start rolling along to 2017 success, sponsor a helmet giveaway during the next three months: March, Brain Injury Awareness Month; April, Child Safety Month in Texas; and May, Bike Month. 
  • Be Wise — ImmunizeSM: TMA Family members vaccinated more than 15,000 Texans at shot clinics across the state. And through Facebook advertising, TMA reached nearly 31,000 Texans with a call for Tdap vaccination in four counties where pertussis (whooping cough) rates are high. Act now for this year: You have until March 1 to submit an application for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant to help fund shot clinics for children, adolescents, or adults. And it’s not too early to plan for flu shot clinics in the fall. 
  • Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD): Thirty-one physicians led walks in 20 cities across Texas. Each walk averaged 25 participants monthly, totaling more than 7,500 Texans walking toward a healthier future. And we’re off to a great start this year: On Feb. 1, seven physician-legislators — Drs. Greg Bonnen, Dawn Buckingham, Donna Campbell, Tom Oliverson, Charles Schwertner, J.D. Sheffield, and John Zerwas — hosted the first-ever WWAD event at the Texas Capitol, where dozens gathered to enjoy some exercise on a picture-perfect Texas day. Eight walk leaders renewed in January and a new walk kicked off, for a total of nine to start 2017. 


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 Outreach To-Dos

Some important deadlines for Hard Hats and Be Wise are coming up:  

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month publicity: TMA wants to include your event in a media advisory to alert local news media about Hard Hats events across the state during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March. To have your event listed, we need these event details by Friday, Feb. 17: 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.
  • Free helmets for San Antonio-area host: Don’t miss the chance for free helmets to give away. Because of some targeted funding, TMA will give 50 free helmets to one lucky, first-time sponsor (physician, CMS, or alliance) in Bexar County or the seven counties that surround it. Email us by Wednesday, Feb. 15, with your idea for an event in March, April, or May to be included in the drawing.
  • Funding for Be Wise shot clinics: Complete an online application for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant and send it to TMA by March 1. Apply now for events coming up in the next four to six months. And it’s not too early to apply for flu shot clinics in the fall. 

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Advisory Panels Grow

Both the Hard Hats and Be Wise physician advisory panels expanded in 2017 with the addition of new members. Physician advisers assist TMA with program initiatives, reviewing content for materials and serving as spokespersons on blogs, news releases, and other TMA educational efforts about vaccinations and helmet safety. Welcome to these new members: 

  • Hard Hats for Little Heads: Drs. Lori Anderson, Corpus Christi; Charlie Hastings, Spearman; Mark Kubala, Beaumont; and Christine Wan, Odessa.
  • Be Wise — Immunize: Drs. Alan Howell, Temple; Elizabeth Knapp, Austin; Li-Yu Mitchell, Tyler; Jane Siegel, Corpus Christi; and Leilani Valdes, Victoria.  

Check out the full list of Hard Hats and Be Wise advisory panel members. Let TMA know if you’d like to get involved.

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New Infographic: Child Care Worker Vaccinations

Vaccinations for child care workers are the subject of the latest addition to TMA’s family of infographics. People who work around kids are more likely to get some diseases and/or pass them on to the kids, so TMA encourages vaccinations for child care workers. In fact, requiring flu vaccinations for kids in child care settings is a push this legislative session by the Texas Public Health Coalition, of which TMA is a member. Download the new infographic to your website, or order printed copies to hand out in your office. Or ask your local day cares to post copies in their facilities.

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Oh Banner, Where Art Thou?

TMA is happy to loan you a banner to increase visibility for your outreach event. Just be sure you return the banner immediately after your event so we can pass it along to another event host. We have a limited supply of banners, and often need to turn them around quickly. With your banner, TMA sends a mailing label to cover the return shipping. If you fail to return a banner, TMA will bill you the replacement cost of $75.

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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 for Little Heads

Where: McKinney
When: Feb. 11
Sponsor: Beth Lessner, MD, and McKinney Pediatrics* 

Where: College Station
When: Feb. 15
Sponsor: Texas ENT & Allergy

Where: Irving
When: Feb. 18
Sponsor: American Muslim Women Physicians Association and Faryal Ghaffar, MD

Where: New Braunfels
When: Feb. 18
Sponsor: Sheri Boyd, MD*

Where: Wichita Falls
When: Feb. 20
Sponsor: Evan Meyer, MD, and Titanium Emergency Group*

Where: Lubbock
When: March 4
Sponsor: Leilani Valdes, MD

Be Wise — Immunize

Where: Victoria
When: March 2
Sponsor: TMA Chapter at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 

*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: First walk March 4, then 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 
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: 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
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 +


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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