Travis County Medical Alliance & Foundation
In the last year, TCMA members have staffed vaccination centers, collected PPE for use in hospitals, donated books to People's Community Clinic, helped Travis County Medical Society hold student physicals, set up apartments for Saint Louise House, and so much more. We are so proud to have this fantastic group of individuals working towards a healthier Texas.
We are so proud to have this program as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and literacy amongst young patients and their families. Big thanks to all involved!
Learn more about Texas BookShare - www.texmedalliance.org/BookShare
This week the Ghisallo crew has been hard at work getting the 25 Austin ISD schools ready for the big event. Not only will students across the district be participating in our Bicycle Skills Challenge at Home bicycle safety and education programming both in class and virtually on May 5th, but participating students will be eligible to be randomly selected to receive a bike at their school.
This week we raced the rain and delivered 100 bikes & helmets and over 600 rechargeable front and rear bike lights to participating schools so students can cruise in style and Ride Bright at Night.
Visit http://cycleacademy.org to learn more about Ghisallo's youth programs.
A special thanks to:
Guardian Bikes for donating the youth bikes we provided to the Elementary Schools.
Sunday Bikes for donating the BMX bikes we provided to the Middle Schools.
Texas Medical Association & Travis County Medical Alliance & Foundation for the helmets so these students can put safety first while riding in style.
Texas Department of Transportation for the high quality lights so riders will be visible at night.
Longhorn Car and Truck Rentals for the the truck to help us haul all the gear all over town.
Major Taylor Cycling Club of Austin for helping us get the last 20 built up and ready to go during our build party at The ABGB.
Beth is currently VP of Medical Affairs for TCMA. In addition to being an active participant in First Tuesdays in the Districts, she recently developed a Capitol Watch Happy Hour for members to gather virtually to learn and discuss the latest news in Texas politics and TMA advocacy priorities. She also is credited with establishing a streamlined process for the TCMA community grant program, which is no small feat!
Beth is married to Dr. Kevin O’Farrell, a General Surgeon with Austin Regional Clinic. She has two daughters, Caroline (RN, BSN), currently working in an ICU at Ascension-Seton in Austin); and Emma, a senior in TCU's Nursing program.
This group assists the Travis County community with health-related needs and fosters social networks for the families of medicine.
When the first annual Austin Science Fair (as it was known then) was organized by the University of Texas in 1956, the Travis County Women’s Medical Auxiliary, now TCMA, raised the necessary funds to send two students to the Science Club of America, the precursor of today’s International Science And Engineering Fair.
Thank you for your many, many years of support
Our mission is to help with health related needs & foster social networks for families of medicine.
Financial grants are awarded annually to local organizations to enhance the health of central Texans. The 2023 grant recipients are the Austin State Hospital Volunteer Services Council, halfHelen Foundation, Hope Clinic, Lirios Pediatrics, Saint Louise House, Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, Memory Caregiver Academy of Austin, and the TCMS Physician Wellness Program. Additionally, the TCMA volunteers
The Alliance is pleased to announce that Lirios Pediatrics has been awarded a $7,500 Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Medical Community Grant. Lirios is a nonprofit clinic that cares for patients without insurance. This money, along with TCMA 2023 grant dollars will help support their program: Improving Asthma Outcomes for Uninsured Children in Travis County.
Tera Ferguson and Doug Rivera, along with Mark and Chrsiti Dammert attended the St Louise House "Game Changer" Gala on Thursday night. TCMA Past President Bere Craig oversaw the record-breaking event raising critical funds for the women and children of Saint Louise House. The TCMA has proudly supported St Louise House for over 10 years.
We met. We cooked. We ate!
Enjoy these pics from last week's general meeting & cooking class with Syd, our rock ⭐️star cooking instructor.
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Rich and Inga Ruchman attended the Half Helen fundraiser “Paella on the Patio” on Friday, October 6. The event raised money to support its mission to provide quality vision care to people in Central Texas. Half Helen is also one of TCMA's 2023-24 grant recipients.
This conference will take place in ATX next year. Make plans to attend January 24-26. More details coming soon.
Texas Two-Step: Southern Region/TMA Alliance Regional Conference
The Southern Region meeting will be Jan. 24-26, 2024, in Austin, Texas in connection with the Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) regional conference. This joint conference will provide unique opportunities for learning and expanding your alliance network.
Join us for top-notch presentations on advocacy, public speaking, wellness, and more. Plus, we’ll have some Texas-sized fun along the way.
Check back for more details and for registration/hotel information.
Event hosted by TMA Alliance
A Week in Pictures: Monday, September 25 - Sunday, October 1. Meal prep for Saint Louise House and a Pop-Up Social at Meanwhile Brewing Company
The Community Service Committee provided 250 sliders, salad and dessert to the families of Saint Louise House earlier today. Residents were able to enjoy their “Slidin’ into Fall” event with a great meal! Thank you all for your generosity and help with donating items/preparing the meal. Looking forward to having more of you join us the first week in December for a SLH apartment setup.
It looks like Jeni still needs 6 dozen cookies for the SLH meal prep later this week. Slice-n-bake is fine and you can drop them off and keep it moving! Sign up here - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0949A9AA22A3FD0-september #
Here are more pictures from last week's Centennial Luncheon and General Meeting at The County Line, ATX.
What a FABULOUS turnout for our Centennial Luncheon and General Meeting, where we honored past Volunteers of the Year. Don't miss October's meeting; check Vital Signs for details.
Upcoming Book Review: Ben Macintyre's "The Spy and the Traitor." RSVP? ~ not required; Read the book? ~ not required.
Just stop by Carrie Conner's home this Wednesday, from 10am-noon to learn this true thriller!
POP-UP Socials are on and poppin'!
Join your TCMA friends on Sunday, October 1 at Meanwhile Brewing to celebrate Oktoberfest! There will be lots of cool activities, starting at 10am and continuing into the evening. We plan to be there midday and would love to see you all! PROST!!
We need your help prepping a meal for the residents of SLH. On Thursday, September 28th, we will be prepping/delivering sliders to feed about 300 moms and kiddos. There are two ways to participate. Use the SignUp Genius link below to volunteer and/or donate.
In case you missed it, TCMA New Member Welcome at the Headliner's Club allowed TCMS and TCMA board members to personally greet several physicians who had recently joined the Medical Society. Many had moved across the country from places like Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington and beyond. We all enjoyed a fun evening, sharing our favorite things in Austin, and we look forward to welcoming these new physicians and their partners to the Medical Alliance.
On the left: 1961 Officers of the Woman's Auxiliary to the Travis County Medical Society.
On the right: More than 30 years of TCMA Presidents, elected 1987 - 2023.
..Continuing the legacy of improving healthcare in Central Texas
Thanks a carload for your generous donations of school supplies supporting the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic's Healthy Kids Day. According to VP of Community Service Wendy Propst, Marci was planning to buy everything the kids needed. She is incredibly grateful for the TCMA members who contributed!
Be sure to check your mail for your personal invitation to our Centennial Luncheon and first General Meeting! Please don't forget to RSVP to Lara Norris by September 10 at [email protected].
Can't wait to see you there!
The VHC is hosting its annual "Healthy Kids Day" on 8/12 and are holding a drive for backpacks and school supplies. Please use the SignUp Genius link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094fa5a629a1f49-vhcneeds/4782110 #/ to donate.
Drop off your item(s) at Wendy Propst's home between now and 8/9: 4121 Mek Dr., Austin 78731 or purchase online for delivery through Wednesday, August 9.
Thanks in advance for giving!
Christina embodies the true spirit of giving. Thanks for making the Alliance look so good.
Give with a cheerful heart! Thank you Travis County Medical Alliance for your continued support to our clinic through volunteering and the yearly financial grant for our diabetic program. We are so blessed to partner with you. Christina Fenrich, RN, your countless hours of volunteerung are greatly appreciated.
Travis County Medical Alliance & Foundation
All smiles and ready to ride! Students at Odom Elementary (Title 1 school) fitted for new bike helmets through the Hard Hats for Little Heads program . Over 120 helmets were distributed to all kinder and older kids. 🚲
Look at what we did together. Congratulations! You make the Alliance shine!!!
People want to feel appreciated, seen, heard, known, and valued.
Day 2 of the ALLMED Conference: Your TCMA Board Members on break between sessions.
This is us!
It’s finally time! The Texas Medical Association TEXMED/ALLMED 2023 is off to a great start in Fort Worth. TCMA members President Christi Dammert and VP Communications Deneitra Hutchinson are here to represent our Alliance.
Here's a look back at the final general meeting of the program year.
If you have additional photographs from the luncheon, please share them on our page.
Congratulations to our eight outstanding grant recipients who GO BIG everyday! TCMA salutes: the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, Saint Louise House, Travis County Medical Society Physician Wellness Program, Austin State Hospital Volunteer Services Council, Lirios Pediatrics, Hope Clinic Austin, Half Helen, and Memory Caregiver Academy of Austin.
Hard Hats for Little Kids
Lalla Odom Elementary School (Title 1 school) needs your help fitting helmets for 1st & 2nd graders at their Health, Wellness and Physical Activity Fair on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00am, 1010 Turtlecreek Blvd, ATX.
Contact Mary Renfro - [email protected] - to help.
Carrie Conner and the BookSpring Leadership Team invite TCMA members and their families to attend BookSpring Fest on Saturday, May 13 from 2-8pm. The free event takes place at BookSpring’s stunning new headquarters at 1807 W. Slaughter Lane. No kids - no problem! Come meet some Austin celebrities; learn about BookSpring’s mission; and check out BookSpring’s permanent home. RSVP required. For questions, reach to Carrie at [email protected].
Congratulations to Deneitra Hutchinson our 2022-23 Volunteer of the year!🎉👏🏻A member since 2019, Deneitra jumped right in and has served in many roles from VP Community Service, to publishing the weekly newsletter to just about any hands-on opportunity!
Fun day with TCMA friends cooking dinner for moms and kids, one of our long time grant recipients.
All the generous donations being distributed to our grant recipients today!
Great fun at the TCMA ‘s “Iconic Austin” - the annual party with a purpose. Funds raised for our 8 grant recipients through our amazing raffles and sponsors 🍹🌮🎶💃🤠
Lake time fun for family and friends
on Lake Travis! 4days/3nights. Sleeps 15! So much to do + a private park across the street….including a kayak, paddle board, fire pit , trampoline….😎☀️🕶️
*For all the details and to purchase raffle tix
Enjoy 4 days/ 3 nights in historic Fredericksburg just a block off Main St.
🍷🍴😎🐎🤠Built in 1848 - but has all the modern comforts and historic charm.
Sleeps 7/ 3BR/ 2 BA
* For all the details and to buy tix
Donated by David and Cindy Nelson
Let’s go the….
Surfside Beach, TX! ⛱️ 5 days/4 nights
$3500 value - 4 BR / 4.5 BA
*click link for all details and tickets
*Do not have to be present to win
Travis County Medical Alliance annual Party With a Purpose is April 15. Proceeds fund our grant recipients. Featuring an amazing raffle (tix $100) for a Kentucky Derby Experience May 4-7 for 2 valued at over $20k !!!🏇🏆 EVERYTHING included except airfare! You don’t have to be present to win. ONLY 200 Tickets will be sold.
Just 2 weeks until our "Iconic Austin" Party With A Purpose. We are raising funds for our grant recipients, many of whom do not have the resources to fundraise on their own...so we give them a boost. Our main avenue of raising the funds is from the generously donated items to our Raffle. We are going to be highlighting some of these items over the next two weeks. If there is something that interests you (and who doesn't want a new Yeti cooler, a trip to a lake house or the Grand Prize of a trip for 2 to the Kentucky Derby??) visit our website to purchase a raffle ticket (or 2!). First up, we have been donated TWO (2) YETI Roadie 60 wheeled coolers. Each winner will take one of these beauties home. They each have a $500 value! Website page posted in the comments.
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TCMA is a group of physicians and their spouses/ partners in Travis County. We help support the medical needs of the following community nonprofits: Austin Children's Shelter, Partnerships for Children, Hospice Austin, Safe Place, St. Louise House, Volunteer Healthcare Clinic & Casa Marianella. TCMA also helps support political endeavors of the medical community and provides educational, networking and family events.
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