Last week, thanks to the great work of our government affairs consultant Henry Rogers, Dr. Sion Roy, Dr. Diana Shiba and I had the chance to meet with several legislators and/or their staff to talk about Docs4LA, the public health crisis that is gun violence, vaping amongst teens, access to care and much more. State Senator Lena Gonzales’ staff, Assemblyman Mike Gipson and Assembly leader Ian Calderon’s staff met with us as well. This week we will meet with Assemblywoman Maria Elena Durazo and state Senator Ben Allen. 

Why are these meetings important?  

To share what our members are dealing with, what communities are facing and how LACMA can be a resource for truth for elected officials.  

Speaking of Vaping 

One of the pillars (priorities) of the Docs4LA Initiative is to combat vaping amongst teens, which is why we have partnered with the Los Angeles Pediatrics Society and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to launch a campaign in the fall about the dangers of marketing to kids. In fact, Juul Labs, the nation’s leading manufacturer of e-cigarettes, has hired as its medical director a prominent University of California researcher known for his work on the dangers nicotine poses for the adolescent brain.

The company said the hiring will support its efforts to stem a teen vaping craze the Food and Drug Administration has labeled an epidemic. But critics see a cynical tactic taken straight from the Big Tobacco playbook.

Dr. Mark Rubinstein, a pediatrician and formerly a leading researcher with UC San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, took up the post of executive medical officer at Juul last week, a move first reported by Politico. Rubinstein has done signature research on teen addiction and how nicotine, which is present in high levels in e-cigarettes, affects adolescents. He has spoken openly of the potential risks of vaping for children.

In a statement, Juul said Rubinstein would oversee research on underage use of vapor products, guide the company’s youth prevention programs and policy positions and help form links with the public health community. The company declined to make Rubinstein available for an interview. It says the move is part of its effort to reduce teen vaping while it continues to provide an alternative to smoking for adults.

What do you think of this? Smoke and mirrors, perhaps? I’d like to hear from members about Juul’s tactics.


2019 Medical Group Advocacy Symposium


The 2019 Medical Group Advocacy Symposium is on physician wellness: tools, resources and best practices for the prevention of burnout, and treatment solutions. The California Medical Association (CMA) has convened the best and brightest thought leaders to this venue so that attendees can engage, consider and build initiatives that address wellness challenges, value-based healthcare models and policy changes impacting medical groups.

We look forward to your participation as we are confident that the symposium will provide you and your organization the market research and expertise required to tackle emerging trends and future market needs.

Register Here

 2019 NEPO Summit

Standing Up for Health Care in California

The two-day summit is an innovative educational event for physicians, public health professionals, advocates and community leaders that offers policy and best practices for reducing health disparities, building diversity in the workforce and increasing cultural competency in clinical care.

August 23 - 24

Westin Pasadena

191 N. Robles Ave. 

Pasadena, CA 91101

Registration deadline: August 23, 2019 

Sign Up Here

Capitalizing on the Consumerization of Healthcare:

How to Promote Your Practice 

Patients today are taking control of their healthcare choices more than ever before, demanding greater convenience and easy access to information. Three in four people have gone online to find out about a doctor or dentist, and more than 57% do so regularly. Attracting and retaining patients in this environment requires improving each digital touchpoint for patients, both before and after their visit. 


You'll learn:  

  • How patients choose their providers in this era of consumerization

  • Insights on evolving patient demands

  • How technology can help attract, satisfy and retain patients 

Join LACMA and PatientPop to learn how technology can create a better experience across the patient journey, and how every practice can benefit along the way. 

Sign Up Here

It's finally here!

Join us for the 2019 Young Physicians Networking Mixer hosted by the Young Physicians Committee and District 1.

It’s time to recharge and reconnect with friends and colleagues, or make new ones! All in a relaxed environment overlooking the bright lights of the Downtown LA Live scene. Enjoy food, beverages, great company and entertainment!

LACMA has hosted the young physician mixer every year for almost a decade. This event is FREE for LACMA/CMA members, $20 for nonmembers.

Thank you to our event sponsors!


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 2019 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference

Reforming healthcare takes more than just hard work; It takes a solid understanding of the legislative process and knowledge about the intricacies of the healthcare system. That’s where the State of Reform comes in.

State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders and policymakers – each working to improve our healthcare system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a single place. It is the most diverse convening of senior healthcare leaders in Southern California, and one of the most important statewide events in California healthcare.

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"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." 

– Booker T. Washington


Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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