John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award

 2017 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award

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October 31, 2016

December 2016

January 28, 2017 
TMA 2017 Winter Conference
Hyatt Regency Austin

Bronze statue and
$5,000 program grant 

About the Award

 The Champion of Health Award focuses on exceptional projects that address urgent threats to the public's health, address TMA science and public health priorities, and further TMAF's mission: to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans. Established in 1995, the award has recognized local and statewide programs including Fit Worth, Hope Medical Clinic, the Mission of Mercy Mobile Medical Clinics, Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Children Nutrition Program of the Texas Department of Agriculture, Healthy High/Healthy Choices by Schulenburg Weimar in Focus Together, The Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium of El Paso, and Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program. The top winner receives a $5,000 award to be used towards the winning program and the secondary winner receives a $2,500 grant.  See a full list of past winning programs.

About John P. McGovern, MD (1922-2007)

TMA Foundation celebrates the legacy of John P. McGovern, MD, Houston, which includes his generous support of this program. The award incorporates many of the ideals Dr. McGovern valued including high impact, innovative programs that improve the health of all Texans and that are “champions” of good health in their communities. A noted allergist, scholar, philanthropist, long-time donor to TMA Foundation, and “Champion of Health,” John P. McGovern, MD endowed the foundation’s prestigious Champion of Health Award in 2004 to recognize outstanding community-based programs that promote good health through partnerships and measurable results. Dr. McGovern was passionately interested in the history and the philosophy of medicine and helped to found the American Osler Society, which honors medicine’s important historical figures and stresses a physician’s need to be ethical, charitable and intellectually resourceful. He received dozens of awards for his research, service and philanthropy including The Private Sector Initiative Commendation from former President Ronald Reagan and The Surgeon General’s Medallion awarded by C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD. TMA Foundation is proud to honor his memory by presenting this award.

For more information please contact TMA Foundation at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664. Or email

2016 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award

Top Award Winner: “iConquer Project” It’s Your Life Foundation, Corpus Christi 

iConquer Project engages local high school students who help develop and carry out youth-friendly educational projects that capture the attention of young children through puppet shows, choreographed dance routines, nutritional demonstrations, diabetes education and healthy snack and portion control education. The iConquer Program also has three educational animated movies: “iConquer Chews Wisely” is about making healthy food choices and fun exercise; “iConquer Diabetes” teaches the importance of eating healthy and having an active lifestyle in order to prevent developing diabetes in the future; and “iConquer Clean Wisely” stresses the importance of good hygiene and proper hand washing techniques to decrease the incidence of cold, flu and other communicable diseases. The iConquer Program partners with the Corpus Christi Independent School District and Head Start in Nueces County and others, reaching approximately 500 to 600 children weekly and thousands more through community events. Read More.

Secondary Award Winner: “Healthy and Whole” Healthcare for the Homeless, Houston 

Established by Healthcare for the Homeless in 2013, Healthy and Whole’s mission is to enable women to leave prostitution successfully and remain out of the criminal justice system by offering wellness-centered programming and trauma-specific care within the setting of a residential treatment facility. Nearly 40 women each year learn coping skills, how to deal with traumatic memories and the desire to use illicit drugs, engage in community support networks, improve their diet and adhere to a medical regimen. Partnerships with community organizations, Baylor College of Medicine and students in other professional schools including, pharmacy, nursing, social work and dentistry make this 12-week program possible. Read More.