Public Health

  • TMA's Public Health Priorities

    • Tobacco Use
    • Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome
    • Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders
    • Violence, Victimization, Unintentional Injuries
    • Immunizations & Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
    • Unplanned Pregnancy
    • Environmental Health
  • A Second Shot at HPV

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    HPV vaccination rates remain stubbornly low, and some studies show physician hesitancy about promoting the vaccine is the single biggest problem. TMA's HPV Work Group plans to coordinate with like-minded state and national organizations and agencies to come up with an action plan to improve HPV vaccination rates. 

    Changing Tactics  
  • Support Texas Public Health Coalition's Legislative Agenda

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    Texas Legislative staff joined the Texas Public Health Coalition for the University of Health forum launching TPHC’s Legislative Priorities. The forum focused on ways for the Texas Legislature to curb healthcare spending through injury prevention, investing in quality health education and interventions, supporting smoking cessation and preventing uptake, and intervening to prevent communicable diseases. 

    Promote Good Health and Save Taxpayers' Dollars  
  • TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering personal advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state.

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • TMA Fighting for Physicians and Patients

    State Calls for More Zika Testing in South Texas

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    The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has expanded its Zika testing criteria for residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in an effort to quickly identify and respond to new infections of the mosquito-borne virus.

    See What Agency Officials Are Saying
  • State Again Offers Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

    Beginning around May 1, Texas Medicaid and CHIP once again will make mosquito repellent a covered benefit for certain patients to help combat the Zika virus. Get the details here.

  • Physicians, Public Put on Alert as Texas Mumps Cases Reach 20-Year High

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    State health officials are advising physicians and providers to stay on alert for mumps as statewide cases of the highly contagious disease reach a 20-year high.

    Find Out Why State Officials Are So Concerned  
  • ACIP Publishes 2017 Immunization Schedules

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    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released the 2017 immunization schedules for children and adults. 


    Updated Immunization Schedule  
  • CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses, CDC says. 

    Why the Change?  
  • Medicine Examines Causes for Spike in Texas' Maternal Mortality Rate

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    The Texas Department of State Health Services' Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force is attempting to find out why Texas' maternal mortality rate is on the rise.

    A Disturbing Trend  
  • PrEP Treatment to Prevent HIV Promising if Physicians Can Identify High-Risk Minority Patients

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    In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which can prevent patients from getting the virus. But the news didn't reach every corner of Texas, and many at high risk for HIV don't know PrEP exists or how to access it.

    A Preemptive Weapon  
  • Surgeon General Calls on Physicians to End Opioid Abuse Epidemic 

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    Last month, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, emailed a letter to 2.3 million health professionals asking them to lead a national movement to turn the tide on the nation's prescription opioid epidemic.

    Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdoses