Alliance members come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, but all realize that medicine is an integral part of their lives. They work together to make a difference in health care and health issues for all Texans.
Organized in 1918, TMA Alliance is one of the oldest volunteer groups in the state, and continues to make a difference, county by county, through projects targeting Texans of all ages. Alliance members work as advocates for medicine in communities large and small, always with the goal of quality health care for all citizens.
The partnership between TMA, TMAA, and the TMA Foundation (TMAF) has proven invaluable in carrying out the campaigns listed below. You can read more about TMA's public health initiatives here. TMA provides the scientific and clinical research and information while TMAF provides the funding. The Alliance's role is to deliver the message to the public. The following programs have served as vital tools in helping all three to fulfill their missions.
This public health initiative aims to increase physician and patient awareness of the importance, safety, and effectiveness of vaccinations throughout all stages of life. Through local vaccination events, the Be Wise program works to increase accessibility to low-cost and free vaccinations for children and adults. Alliance members, with funding and support materials from the TMA Foundation and TMA, have helped deliver more than 360,000 immunizations to thousands of Texans since the program's inception in 2004. These volunteers are currently in a community in Texas – maybe yours – helping improve the rate of, and access to, immunizations. If you would like to plan a vaccination event in your area, or for more information on how to order free Be Wise materials, contact the outreach coordinator, Tammy Wishard, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or email Tammy.
This year-round bicycle helmet giveaway program was created for Texas physicians, medical students, and Alliance members to help prevent head injuries and encourage safe exercise in their communities. More than 325000 children have received bicycle helmets since the program's inception. Contact TMA's outreach coordinator Tammy Wishard at (800) 880-1300 ext. 1470, or email Tammy.
Walk With a Doc is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and seeks to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. TMA is now part of this national grassroots movement. Walk With a Doc Texas has a proven track record of helping people commit to a healthy lifestyle through monthly, physician-led walks throughout Texas.
Each year TMAF accepts applications from county medical societies and Alliance or medical student chapters for community health improvement programs. Alliance chapters may apply for up to $7,500 in matching funds to support their health improvement initiative focused on any of TMA’s priorities: tobacco use; obesity/metabolic syndrome; mental health and substance use disorders; violence, victimization, and unintentional injuries; vaccine-preventable diseases (immunizations); unplanned pregnancy; and environmental health (or hazards). Find out more and download the application on the TMAF website.
This partnership project was designed to increase physician and patient communication and awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke risk factors and promote clear and consistent message regarding these conditions. The five leading preventable risk factors for CVD and stroke are: Weight, Activity, Tobacco, Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure. For more information and for a Project Watch implementation guide, click here.
Additional projects Alliance chapters are involved in include teen pregnancy programs, AIDS awareness campaigns, vision and hearing screenings, and drug and alcohol projects, among others.
To learn more about Alliance philanthropic activity through the TMA Foundation, Physicians' Benevolent Fund, and the Physician Health and Rehabilitation Assistance Fund, visit the TMA Alliance philanthropy page.