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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.

WebinarView the archived webinar with audio.

HandoutsDownload the webinar handout.

Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)

Physicians – to obtain a CME Certificate, review the archived webinar and click here.

Other Health Care Providers – to obtain a Certificate of Attendance, review the archived webinar and click here.

Webinar Overview 

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.

Target Audience 

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain 3 techniques for communicating a public health agenda to policymakers.
  2. List the key steps to organizing people in a grassroots effort.
  3. Describe potential roles for physicians in affecting local, state, or national health related policies.

Webinar Presenter 

Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA

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.

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Accreditation Statement

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.

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.

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