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Join LACMA in Honoring Public Health Week with Three Extended Initiatives

The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) is honoring Public Health Week (April 1-7) by partnering with local organizations to launch three impactful campaigns spanning the entire month of April, and beyond.

 

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

In response to the public health crisis of gun violence, the Los Angeles County Medical Association is collaborating with valued partners L.A. Care Health Plan and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Violence Prevention on a digital billboard campaign that emphasizes the importance of gun safety and promotes the use of gun locks to keep children and youth safe from accidental gun violence inside the home. 

 

​​The digital billboards – which display a young person next to the statistic that in Los Angeles County a child is either injured or killed by gun violence every 30 hours – will be posted on heavily traveled portions of the 10 and 710 freeways beginning April 1.  Another 150 “poster billboards” with the same message will be located in neighborhoods across the County.


The billboards direct viewers to visit lockedandunloaded.org if they are interested in obtaining a free gun lock. The website features an interactive map where residents can find physical sites throughout the County that will be distributing more than 60,000 free cable gun locks, no questions asked.


HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN? 

  • Share the lockedandunloaded.org link with your patients

  • Keep an eye out for the print and digital billboards in your neighborhood

  • Follow the action on LACMA’s social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, X, LinkedIn). Be sure to comment, like, and share posts with your followers to spread the word! Tag us and use #LADocs!

  • If you’re not a member, CLICK HERE to join LACMA and join forces with LACMA to amplify your impact on community health and advocacy.


VACCINES FOR CHILDREN

Healthy Babies Los Angeles (www.healthybabiesla.org) is an educational initiative focused on raising awareness of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program and the importance of infant immunization. The campaign is centered on sharing information to help close gaps for babies who have missed regular health screenings and may have fallen behind on routine immunizations. 


In addition to sharing bilingual resources with LACMA’s coalition of community-based partners, the call to action is centered on helping parents and caregivers find a Vaccines for Children provider near them by visiting the VFC program provider locations tool at https://eziz.org/vfc/provider-locations.


HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? 

  • Visit www.healthybabiesla.org and share the link with your patients. 

  • Email liz@lacmanet.org to request your social media toolkit

  • Follow LACMA’s social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, X, LinkedIn). Be sure to comment, like, and share posts with your followers to spread the word! Tag us and use #LADocs!

  • Not a LACMA Member yet? CLICK HERE to join your colleagues in support of our shared mission of community health and advocacy. 


ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION & AWARENESS

Take On Alzheimer’s is an awareness campaign in partnership with the California Department of Public Health.


The campaign, which extends through June, focuses on education and awareness, informs communities about Alzheimer’s disease, helps them understand the warning signs, and provides guidance about where to seek resources.


HOW CAN I HELP SPREAD THE WORD? 

  • Share the www.takeonalz.com link with your patients for information on brain health, recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s, and getting a diagnosis  

  • Follow and engage with LACMA’s social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, X, LinkedIn) and share posts with your followers to spread the word! Tag us and use #LADocs!

  • If you’re not already a LACMA member, CLICK HERE to join LACMA and contribute to the collective strength of medical professionals in our community.


In addition to these efforts, LACMA’s Public Health Council will be hosting a webinar, Supporting Teen Mental Health in the Digital Age on May 11 and continues its work addressing food insecurity, obesity - especially in children, health equity, health education, and the social determinants of health.

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