A Message from President Lisa Queralt, Fort Worth
As the Texas Medical Association Alliance celebrates its 101st year, I am reminded of the tremendous changes the profession of medicine has undergone in that time. Over the past century, we have seen great progress in medicine, and huge changes in how physicians care for patients and run their practices.
A post-WWII America witnessed the explosion of hospitals across the country, shifting the experience of illness and dying from homes to clinical settings. More recently, the experience of ageing has shifted from multigenerational homes, where it has taken place for millennia, to senior living centers and nursing homes. The Alliance, too, has changed. Our leadership, organization, and membership have all progressed over the years to ensure our relevancy. Change is certainly inevitable!
However, one constant is the role the Alliance plays in the medical family – in our communities, and at the Capitol. We continue to work to ensure medicine-friendly legislators are elected, to empower grassroots efforts through First Tuesdays at the Capitol, and to improve our communities. This year alone, we have given away more than 325,000 bicycle helmets, vaccinated thousands of Texas children, walked with our communities, and raised thousands of dollars for medical profession scholarships. And, that’s just the short list of activities we do to improve the health of all Texans. WOW!
This year, the Alliance is excited to launch three new programs: (1) First Tuesdays in the District, where we bring our award-winning advocacy program into each district; (2) a new opioid outreach program to combat opioid addiction and abuse; and (3) Healing Spaces, an educational program series that provides professional development for our members.
The Alliance stands for medicine today, just as proudly as it did 101 years ago. We are here to ensure our medical family thrives and survives in this historically dynamic health care landscape. Come along with us!
Yours in the Family of Medicine,
Lisa Queralt, RN, MSN
TMA Alliance President