Making Your Voice Heard: How to Be an Effective Healthcare Advocate
This enduring material has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
This webinar is presented by the Southern California Public Health Association, California Baptist University and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Original release date: May 1, 2018. Review date: May 1, 2019. Termination date: May 1, 2021.
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Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)
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Local, state, and federal policies can have a major impact on health. While only a minority of health care providers in LA County are actively engaged in public health advocacy efforts, many desire to leverage their expertise to positively impact policies that promote the health of patients and communities. In this webinar, Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA, explains communication techniques, organizing strategies, and roles for physicians and other health care providers in influencing public policy to promote health.
Physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals are the intended audience. Persons from any health related profession with an interest in engaging in health advocacy efforts are encouraged to attend.
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain 3 techniques for communicating a public health agenda to policymakers.
- List the key steps to organizing people in a grassroots effort.
- Describe potential roles for physicians in affecting local, state, or national health related policies.
Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA
Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA is an emergency medicine physician at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He has more than a decade of experience working in service, research, and advocacy for underserved populations. He is on the Board of Directors of Doctors for America, a 501c3 organization of more than 18,000 doctors and medical students in all 50 states, dedicated to organizing and training doctors and medical students to advocate for policies to improve the health of our patients, communities, and nation.
Resources for Further Study
- Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals. 1971.
- Earnest, Mark A., et. al. “Perspective: Physician Advocacy: What Is It and How Do We Do It?” Academic Medicine. 2010. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2010/01000/Perspective__Physician_ Advocacy__What_Is_It_and.22.aspx
- Ganz, Marshall. Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement. 2010.
- Ganz, Marshall. Leading Change: Leadership, Organization, and Social Movements. 2008.https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marshall_Ganz/publication/266883943_Leading_Change_ Leadership_Organization_and_Social_Movements/links/5718c2d508aed8a339e5c610/Leading-Change-Leadership-Organization-and-Social-Movements.pdf
- Ganz, Marshall. “What is organizing?” Social Policy. 2002.http://www.teateachers.org/sites/default/files/ganz_what_is_organizing.pdf
- Levinsohn, Erik, et al. “No Time for Silence: An Urgent Need for Political Activism Among the Medical Community.” Academic Medicine. 2017.https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2017/09000/No_Time_for_ Silence___An_Urgent_Need_for_Political.15.aspx
- Mullan, Fitzhugh. White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician (Conversations In Medicine And Society). 2006.https://www.press.umich.edu/200182/white_coat_clenched_fist.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.