TMA Giving Back Newsletter

July 2016   


Immunization Awareness Month Promo

Planning a TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM vaccination event in August? If so, let us know so we can add to it TMA’s media advisory that promotes events during National Immunization Awareness Month. To include your event, send this information to Tammy Wishard by July 20: name of event, date and time of event, location (including address), local sponsor, cost of vaccinations (free versus low-cost), and event contact name with cell phone number (so the media can contact you for more details if necessary).

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October Outreach: Plan Now

As you look forward to the cooler temperatures of fall, start thinking about hosting a TMA outreach event in your community. Two opportunities in October allow you to promote prevention and good health:  

  • Hard Hats for Little Heads Month: Again this year, we’ll celebrate TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Month in October. Plan a bike helmet giveaway at a fall festival or National Night Out event, or plan a stand-alone event. TMA will give 10 extra free helmets to any county medical society or TMA Alliance chapter that hosts its first helmet giveaway event during October.
  • Influenza Awareness Day: Be Wise — Immunize wants to have at least 10 flu vaccination clinics in October, which marks the start of flu season. Can you help? You can plan your clinic any time during the month, from Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1 through the end of the month.     

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Walk With a Doc Texas Improves Communities

Wondering whether Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD) is right for your community? A June 29 article in The Journal of the American Medical Association reports “strong associations” between neighborhood walkability and decreased diabetes rates. WWAD is using this correlation to ignite local and federal government offices to make walkable neighborhoods available, thereby improving the health of communities. 

Join the more than 30 Texas physicians routinely leading walks in their communities. To find out how you can start WWAD Texas in your area, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390. 

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Kudos to Great Health Reporting  

Chagas disease, concussions, mental health: Texas journalists expertly covered these and other topics to take top honors in the 2016 Anson Jones, MD, Awards. TMA physicians presented the awards to journalists in newsroom ceremonies or at local county medical society meetings this spring.  

Each year TMA recognizes print, broadcast, online, and physician journalists with the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards. Help TMA find the best news of 2016 — nominate a local news report. Your nomination is a great way to recognize hometown journalists for their work and encourage quality health news reporting. TMA will alert the journalist of your nomination and enter him or her into the competition. 

The 2017 contest will feature 12 award categories, with the addition of “Online Single Article/Blog” to recognize a single news article or blog that appears online only on a web-based news media outlet.  

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Biking How-Tos Help

If you want to boost your Hard Hats helmet giveaway with bicycling education, consider joining with a local bike organization. Several Texas communities have nonprofit organizations that offer bike education ranging from traffic safety to bike maintenance. Some even have licensed instructors for bike rodeos. Here are a few groups we’re aware of: Bike Austin, Bike Houston, and Bike DFW. A quick Google search can help you see if your community has an organization.   

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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: Tyler
When: July 18
Sponsor: ETMC Trauma Services 

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

Where: Columbus
When: July 23
Sponsor: Thomas Mueller, MD, and Columbus Community Hospital 

Where: Mesquite
When: July 23
Sponsor: Joseph Tejan, MD, and Dallas Regional Medical Center*  

Where: Portland
When: July 30
Sponsor: James Mobley, MD, and Regional Health Awareness Board 

 Where: Austin
When: Aug. 13
Sponsor: Austin, Carla Laos, MD, and St. David’s Children’s Hospital* 

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

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

Where: Hutto
When: Aug. 25
Sponsor: Williamson CMS Alliance

Be Wise — Immunize  

Where: Forest Hill
When: Aug. 6
Sponsor: Tarrant CMS Alliance and Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) 

Where: Bedford
When: Aug. 8-12
Sponsor: Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC

Where: Fort Worth
When: Aug. 10
Sponsor: Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC

Where: Whitehouse
When: Aug. 9
Sponsor: Smith CMS*

Where: Arlington

When: Aug. 15-29
Sponsor: Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC

Where: Fort Worth

When: Aug. 22-Sept. 2
Sponsor: Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC

*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: Second 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: Third Satureday
Ricardo Alaniz, MD

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: 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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