Making Your Voice Heard:
How to Be an Effective
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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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
- Ragins, Kyle, et al. "Making Your Voice Heard: How to be an Effective Health Advocate' Rx for Prevention, 2019 July;9(2). ph.lacounty.gov/RxAdvocacy0719
- 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://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20042825.
- 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://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28422815.
- 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.
This 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.
For questions or further information about advocacy, please contact Dr. Ragins at email@example.com. For any CME related questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-288-7236.