Dallas/Fort Worth-area Family Physician Receives Public Health Award at American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223

DENVER —Tamra K. Deuser, M.D., a family physician from Flower Mound, Texas, was awarded the 2010 Public Health Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting in Denver. The AAFP’s Public Health Award recognizes individuals who have made or are making extraordinary contributions to the health of the American public. The award was one of seven presented for exceptional achievement in the field of family medicine at the AAFP’s Scientific Assembly, one of the largest gatherings of primary care providers in the country.

Throughout her career in family medicine, Deuser has taken an active role in promoting the health and wellbeing of not only her patients, but her entire community.

As a member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ Commission on Public Health, Clinical Affairs and Research, she has helped coordinate and implement a number of public health programs.

Among them is Hard Hats for Little Heads, an initiative sponsored by the Texas Medical Association through which physicians distribute free bicycle helmets to young people while teaching safe riding habits and stressing the importance of proper helmet use to prevent brain injuries. Deuser has held 11 Hard Hats for Little Heads events in her community during the past five years.

Her work to improve youth health also includes increasing public awareness of the importance of immunizations and working with health providers to ensure vaccines are available to all patient populations. Deuser represents family physicians in the Texas Immunization Stakeholder Work Group, a coalition of public and private stakeholders that meets quarterly to discuss the current state of immunizations in Texas, identifies shortages and disparities among different populations, and propose strategies to increase immunization education, awareness and implementation across the state. She is also an advocate for the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – Immunize program, which sponsors immunization clinics and promotes childhood and adolescent immunizations among the public.

Deuser regularly works to educate the public about healthy living, in particular preventive medicine and heart health for women, through radio appearances and speaking engagements with religious congregations.

She is also on the board of directors for Christian Community Action, an organization that provides services to the poor in southern Denton County to help stabilize and transform their lives. Deuser also serves on the organization’s Adult Health Clinic Advisory Committee and volunteers in the medical clinic and food pantry.

Her work to provide medical care to the underprivileged of her area extends to her service on the board of the Community Medical Association, which hires and supports physicians to work for community health clinics for the poor.

Her work to improve the overall health and wellbeing of her community led Deuser to be recognized with the 2009 Texas Academy of Family Physicians Public Health Award. She is active in a number of professional organizations on the local and state levels, serving on the TAFP’s Commission on Public Health, Clinical Affairs, and Research and is past president of the Dallas County Chapter of the TAFP.

Deuser received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, Tenn. and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her residency in family medicine at San Jacinto Family Practice Residency in Baytown, Texas.

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