Monday Rx: Thanking Dr. Shiba, Contextualizing Anti-Asian Racism, Conversing with Dr. Booth and HOD

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Thank You Dr. Shiba!

I wanted to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. Diana Shiba, LACMA’s outgoing President for a year unlike any other. Last year, she was instrumental in LACMA launching the COVID 19 Rapid Response initiative to support physician practices during the pandemic, including providing over $12M in PPE for physicians across the county over a 5-day period.

Dr. Shiba also established the first ever LACMA Health Equity Council, which is tackling health and social inequities, and developing actionable initiatives around structural racism, discrimination, and violence.

She is also the Founding Chair of the first Southern California Medical Society Presidents Council, where she brought together the physician Presidents of the eight county medical societies in a collaborative forum during the pandemic. Last year, one of the first issues they took on was supporting the county public health officers, with the Presidents signing a joint letter for each county officer, and participating in media campaigns to support public education efforts. The Council continues to collaborate and partner on issues facing organized Medicine today.

She also started LACMA’s new Public Health Council that will look closely at vaccine inequity, access to care, mental health, the vaping epidemic, and the social determinants of health. The PHC’s early work with UCLA, the LA Department of Public Health and Nourish California (the state’s largest food advocacy group,) has resulted in the state legislature’s vote (today) to fund the Universal School Meals Program, which will offer a free breakfast and lunch to all students in the state.

Dr. Shiba, along with LACMA President-Elect Dr. Jeffery Lee, Dr. Heather Silverman who graciously opened her home, and Dr. George Fouras, co-Chair of LACPAC, hosted a fundraiser yesterday for LACMA immediate past-President Dr. Sion Roy, who is running for the 50th District Assembly and helped raise more than $40,000 for his campaign!

Dr. Shiba was also recognized this past Friday by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio for her tremendous contributions to organized medicine.

Finally, Dr. Shiba played a key role in helping LACMA secure a three year agreement with Unicare Community Health Centers. She is the first LACMA President during my tenure as CEO to initiate a membership partnership.

Thank you Dr. Shiba for your boundless energy, imagination, leadership, and collaboration this past year. You helped LACMA accomplish milestones during the worst public health crisis in 100 years and have set the standard for future Presidents.

Race Against Time: We're 2 Days Away!

Dr. Tung Nguyen will be our guest for this week’s Race Against Time Zoom call on the rise of xenophobia through a clinical and public health lens. I hope you can join us!

Register below or email Lisa Le at

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021        

Time: 6:00 p.m. PST      

Format: Zoom

Register Here




After the most significant public health crisis since 1918, we, as physicians, must come together to share what’s important, what’s working and what needs to change. It’s time for physicians to take the lead in defining the future of our profession.

By rejoining LACMA and CMA, your invaluable perspective will be heard.

LACMA and CMA provide me with the opportunity to voice physicians’ opinions, but I need more input from Long Beach solo and small group physicians. We are a large and powerful community of outstanding physicians. I want our voice to be recognized and given the due consideration it deserves. Together, our voice is stronger.

Please join us tonight, Monday, June 28, 2021, at 7 pm PST, for a conversation. Click here to attend now.


Stephanie Booth, MD

CMA to Tackle Two Major Issues at 150th House of Delegates

The 150th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle two major issues when it convenes October 23-24, 2021, in Los Angeles.

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. This year’s major issues are:

  • Racism and Other Barriers to Health Equity
  • Corporatization of Health Care

These major issue topics are now available for comment. If you have any input on the direction of the topic, now is the time to offer your testimony. The testimony provided at this time will help guide the CMA councils in the development of their reports.

Visit to learn more.

If you are interested in serving on the LACMA delegation, please reach out to Lisa Le at

ACEs Online Wellness Engagement Groups - Saturday Series

Join CMA's Free, Online Wellness Engagement Groups for Physicians Screening/Treating Patients with ACEs or Toxic Stress.

The California Medical Association's (CMA) wellness program (CMA Wellness) is pleased to launch free, online wellness engagement groups for health care providers that conduct patient screenings for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

By registering you will be registered for all Saturday sessions. 


  • Saturday, July 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


  • Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Harmony Negrin at

To register for the Tuesday sessions please click HERE


"Observation, Reason, Human Understanding, Courage; these make the physician."

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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