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CMS CPMG Section, Medical Student Component and COPIC are excited to host the Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

What: Public Policy Leadership Forum
When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Where: CMS/COPIC headquarters, 7351 E. Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO 80230, Mile High Room
CME: Earn up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 3 COPIC Points (see accreditation and designation statements below)
Questions? Contact

How to connect to the webinar:

  • Online from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
  • Or by telephone: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 741 761 215

Handouts: Download the complete packet of handouts here.

Program description: Advocacy in the public policy realm can be a powerful tool to effect positive change – if you understand the nuances of a powerful short game and strategic long game. The CMS CPMG Section, Medical Student Component and COPIC invite physicians and medical students to attend a Public Policy Leadership Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

You advocate for your patients every day. Take that advocacy to the next level by learning from some of the best in the business, getting the information you need and practicing the key skills for success in public policy advocacy. The interactive and action-packed program will cover the basics on the legislative and rule-making process, how to approach hot-button issues, the importance of knowing your elected officials and candidates, the mechanics of lobbying and real-world opportunities to get involved now.


We are honored to feature an all-star faculty of health policy experts, legislators and physician leaders who will focus on the current public health crisis caused by opioid abuse and misuse to give participants the insider’s perspective.

  • The Honorable Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), member, Congress
  • The Honorable Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood), chair, interim legislative committee on opioid abuse
  • The Honorable Jack Tate (R-Aurora), member of the interim legislative committee on opioid abuse
  • Joe Gagen, JD, renowned legislative trainer
  • Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations and research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region
  • Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh, chair, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Joe Hanel, manager of public policy outreach, Colorado Health Institute
  • Benjamin Kupersmit, president, Kupersmit Research
  • Jan Kief, MD, CMS past president
  • Donald Stader, MD, CO-ACEP board member and CMS liaison to the interim legislative committee on opioid abuse

Who should attend?

  • Emerging and current physician and medical student leaders
  • Practicing physicians who want to have a broader impact for the profession and their patients
  • Physicians and medical students who have questions about how the public policy process works and how to engage elected officials face to face
  • Physicians and medical students who are frustrated with the current system and want to help make a change in health policy
  • Physicians and medical students who want to overcome the cynical belief that politics is futile


The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 3 COPIC points.


At the conclusion of this activity learners should be able to:

  • Describe the legislative and rule-making process for public policy.
  • Discuss approaches to reversing the opioid crisis and the roles played by the governor, General Assembly, physicians and others.
  • Recognize the importance of building personal relationships with your elected officials and candidates.
  • Describe how changing physician views affect physician participation in addressing the opioid crisis.
  • Summarize the lessons learned from a physician leader in public policy advocacy.
  • List key concepts of public policy advocacy all physicians need to know.
  • Outline do's and don't's of legislative visits.
  • Analyze mock legislative visits on opiod reform legistation.
  • Summarize real-world opportunities to become involved with public policy advocacy.

Disclosure Statement for CME

The content of this CME activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, therefore; neither the planners nor the faculty have any financial conflicts of interest for CME purposes.

Instructions for Receiving CME Credit

Physicians are required to complete an evaluation in order to receive CME credit. An electronic survey will be sent to your email address of record at the conclusion of the activity. Please complete the survey, then save and/or print the electronic certificate to your computer at that time.  If you have any questions regarding CME, please contact