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Monday Rx: Member Appreciation Event, COVID-19 Deaths, Hispanic Heritage Month and NEPO

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Membership Appreciation Event to Celebrate LACMA’s 150th: Why Haven’t You Registered?

On Saturday, November 6th, LACMA will recognize our members and celebrate our 150th year at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Our goal is to have 200 members, sponsors and friends share in this historic event in an outdoor venue. Tour the one-of-a-kind LACMA collection of medical artifacts, journals, and books. Get your free copy of the 150th commemorative book, “Better Together” and enter to win a $5,000 retreat at the Four Seasons Resort in Westlake Village, CA.

We want to see you for the first time since 2019!

Register Here

COVID-19 Deaths Reach Historic Milestone as Los Angeles Transmissions Remain Substantial

President Biden called the 700,000 COVID-19 deaths a "painful milestone" and urged Americans to get vaccinated.

As of today, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 toll reached 43,683,764 cases and 701,178 deaths, up 751,553 cases and 13,137 deaths since this time a week ago.

But the Delta wave appears to be reversing course, with U.S. cases dropping by a third nationally since September 1 and smaller, more-recent declines in hospitalizations and deaths. (New York Times)

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) today released the latest data on COVID-19. The number of cases and deaths are likely to reflect reporting delays over the weekend.

  • 1,032 new COVID-19 cases (1,463,039 cases to date)
  • 10 new deaths due to COVID-19 (26,153 deaths to date)
  • 825 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19
  • Nearly 8,700,000 individuals tested; 16% of people tested positive

LACDPH also recently published a report on COVID-19 infections and deaths amongst health care workers. Click here to read the report.

Hispanic Heritage Month & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

As the recognition month draws to a close, LACMA board member, Dr. Hector Flores shared an interesting story on “Racial Ambiguity” and its policy implications, a topic we will continue to address as the Los Angeles cultural and social landscape continues to evolve and become more complex.  

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While healthcare tries to keep up with these changes, it’s important to be armed with helpful information and resources. It is critical to take a holistic view to developing any diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI strategy - recognizing that inclusion often requires culture and behavioral change as well as a multi-pronged method to address both individual and organizational accountability. It is an iterative process; not a one-and-done fix. Our partner, Mercer, will be hosting a live webcast on October 7th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET to help our members, whether in large organizations or smaller practices, to discover how a strategic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion can help employees and businesses to thrive.

Takeaways include:

  • How to build a culture of belonging to retain and attract talent
  • Utilize compensation and defined contribution plans to drive action
  • Implementing DEI through a Total Rewards lens
  • Becoming an agent for change through data-analytics and benchmarking

HOD Major Issue Reports Now Accepting Testimony

HOD Update

The 150th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle two major issues when it convenes October 23, 2021. Due to the ongoing public health emergency and the high levels of community transmission, the meeting will be held virtually again this year.

CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be the most important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine.

The delegates will tackle two major issues this year. The Major Issues Reports are now posted and open for testimony in the discussion forums through October 8, 2021.

Click here to learn more about the House of Delegates.

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations 18th Annual Summit

Enduring a Pandemic: How Diverse Clinical Settings Adapted and Succeeded

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit

Please join us for the 18th annual Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit on Friday, October 8, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PT).

This much-beloved event is back in a new virtual format. The NEPO Summit is known for bringing together some of the most diverse voices in medicine and providing an opportunity to discuss critical topics in health care through the lens of multiculturalism and health equity. The theme for this year is “Enduring a Pandemic: How Diverse Clinical Settings Adapted and Succeeded.” This year’s event will be divided into two sessions.

Morning Session - CME Accredited – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The morning session will feature a deep dive on the topic of California’s new Cultural and Linguistic Competency (CLC) and Implicit Bias (IB) standards in continuing medical education (CME). Recent legislation has brought this issue to the forefront of public attention. We will hear from experts on how an awareness of CLC and IB can benefit physicians and patients alike.

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize key concepts in Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency/Humility in the delivery of healthcare.
  • Assess personal implicit bias that may contribute to unequal treatment and disparity of healthcare.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and delivery of care to diverse patients
  • Apply leadership skills in CLC and IB to reduce health disparities and improve the health of patients within your organization.

Date: October 7, 2021

Time: Morning Session: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register and Learn More Here

Race Against Time with Nicolla Ross and Sang-Mi Oh

Join our President Dr, Jeffery Lee, Nicolla Ross and Sang-Mi Oh as they discuss the Relentless Pursuit of Equitable Health. Hosted by the LACMA Health Equity Council, the event will be on Wednesday, October 13th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST.

Register below or email Noemi Corona at

Register Here


"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

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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