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Advocacy 101: Promoting Positive Mental Health Policy

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 12/5/2019

Expiration Date: 12/5/2022

  • Participation: 1



Critical issues affecting today's physicians are being decided in the legislative arena at fast pace by decision-makers both in Washington, DC and state capitols across the country. It is of significant importance that physicians understand their unique role in speaking on behalf of the health community as a highly respected professional. Advocacy is considered to be a significant area for action in any mental health policy because of the benefits that it produces for people with mental disorders and their families. This course aims to help psychiatrists and mental health professionals participate in the legislative process by advocating about mental health issues. 

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Educational Objectives

By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define advocacy
  • Understand APA's advocacy structure and processes
  • Recognize APA's advocacy goals
  • Navigate the legislative process
  • Utilize APA's advocacy tools and resources

Target Audience

This activity is open to all APA members who wish to learn more or improve current understanding of how to advocate policymakers.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: December 9, 2019
End Date: December 9, 2022

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official certificate of participation showing the completion date and hours earned.

This activity is not approved for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Program Presenters

  • Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association.
  • Debra A. Pinals, M.D., Past Chair, APA Council on Advocacy & Government Relations.
  • Rachel Talley, M.D., Former fellow, APA Council on Advocacy & Government Relations.
  • Ashley Mild, Director, Department of Government Relations, American Psychiatric Association.
  • Debra Koss, M.D., Member, Council on Advocacy & Government Relations, American Psychiatric Association.
  • Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA, Past President, American Psychiatric Association.

Program Planners

  • Deana McRae, Associate Director, Federal Affairs, American Psychiatric Association.
  • Sage Bauer, Manager, Department of Government Relations Federal and State Grassroots and PAC, American Psychiatric Association.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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