Webinar Summary :: Advocacy Training: Learn the Who, What, Why and How of Advocacy


In April we hosted Dr. Nell Smircina, Dr. Ra Adcock and David Quackenbush from the CSOMA Leadership team for their FREE webinar, Advocacy Training: Learn the Who, What, Why and How.   
















About This Webinar: 

In this webinar, CSOMA leadership shared their insights on current legislation affecting acupuncture in California and Nationally through their own firsthand experiences with the California legislative process, as well as how you can get involved.

What You Will Learn:

  • What the major issues facing our profession are and how does California fit into the big picture of a National advocacy agenda
  • Pieces of the legislative process and at what point can you truly affect change as an individual or organization
  • Specific and actionable things you can do to be a part of advocacy for our profession

Who Should Watch:

  • CA Practitioners and Students who are interested in advocacy work
  • Practitioners and Students who is interested in advocacy work
  • Practitioners and Students with questions about current initiatives in CA and Nationally

About Our Speakers:

Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM serves as the President of CSOMA. She is passionate about bringing acupuncture into the standard of care and improving patient access to this medicine in all settings. Dr. Nell is the Founder of PIQUE Health, an integrative medical practice in Beverly Hills, CA. She currently coaches students and practitioners looking to make a big impact in the integrative medicine space, as well as serving as an educator in various AOM institutions and speaking internationally to multidisciplinary audiences to expand awareness around the efficacy of integrative medicine.

Dr. Robyn “Ra” Adcock, DACM, LAc, CMT, serves as the Executive Director of CSOMA, California’s state professional acupuncture association. She is passionate about expanding access to acupuncture medicine, strengthening patient care, and improving the lives of acupuncture practitioners. Dr. Adcock also serves as the publisher of the Journal of Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (JAIM), a CSOMA publication. She also works at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital as a researcher, program developer, educator, and clinician of inpatient and ambulatory care on UCSF’s nationally-acclaimed integrative medicine team.

David Quackenbush is a seasoned, nonprofit executive with nearly 20 years of a successful track record advocating for health care insurance coverage and access for low-income communities throughout California including health care reform (Affordable Care Act) and state and local public and private insurance programs. David has led multiple community clinics and health center (Federally Qualified Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics) organizations through reorganizations resulting in expanded resources and staff capacity to fulfill the organizational mission.

About CSOMA:

The California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA) is a professional association of licensed acupuncturists and supporters of acupuncture, dedicated to the preservation, advancement and integration of the art, science, and practice of all branches of acupuncture medicine into the modern healthcare model, in a caring and ethical manner, thereby enhancing the health and well-being of the general public. https://csomaonline.org/