Making Your Voice Heard: How to Be an Effective Physician Advocate for Public Health
Making Your Voice Heard:
How to Be an Effective Healthcare Advocate

This webinar has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

This webinar with physician advocate Dr. Kyle Ragins, 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. Reviewed July 24, 2019. Termination date: May 1, 2021.

You can also read an interview with Dr. Kyle Ragins in the July 2019 issue of Rx for Prevention.  In the first part of the article Dr. Ragins shares his insights and practical tips about bringing clinical voices to policy change. The second part includes a variety of resources and opportunities for clinicians who would like to get involved locally or on a larger scale.   

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Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)

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

Other Health Care Providers – to obtain a Certificate of Attendance, view the 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.

Resources for Further Study

Accreditation Statement

California Medical Association CME logoThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Southern California Public Health Association and California Baptist University. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the California Medical Association (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.

Other learners may receive a Certificate of attendance. According to the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames.


No one involved in the planning or creation of this activity disclosed any relevant financial relationships

This activity is offered by an accredited CMA-CME provider and is not commercially supported.

Contact Information

For questions or further information about advocacy, please contact Dr. Ragins at  For any CME related questions, please contact or call 213-288-7236.