ACA State Affiliate Program
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) State Affiliate Program is a way for state chiropractic organizations to work collaboratively with ACA to share thoughts and ideas for the collective advancement of the chiropractic profession.
ACA affiliate states have a seat in ACA’s governing body, the House of Delegates, where the state affiliate representative has a standing vote and can participate in shaping ACA policy. ACA also has a representative on the affiliate state association board.
Having both national and state level perspectives in legislative advocacy, insurance issues, membership marketing and education shared in one forum benefits all groups. In turn, advocacy on behalf of the profession and our patients is enhanced and better coordinated on both the state and national level.
Affiliation allows a state organization to participate in a collaborative partnership with ACA, the national voice of chiropractic, and other member organizations, as well as play an integral role in the profession’s collective advocacy efforts. The state association will gain significant support for its individual initiatives and, through a closer relationship, there is potential for increasing membership in both the state association and ACA.
Affiliate states can tap into ACA’s vast amount of resources on advocacy, grassroots and other initiatives, as well as participate in the following areas:
- Legislative initiatives
- Political action
- Grassroots network organization
- Governmental relations
- Media support programs (e.g. for legislative initiatives)
- Member media and public relations support
- Media and public relations
- Member development initiatives
- Member recruitment and support programs
- Practice development and continuing education
- Member relations
Examples of Resources Affiliate States Can Access
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all state chiropractic organizations eligible to become an affiliate?
The state association must have an organizational mission and vision that is largely compatible with that of ACA in order to be eligible for membership. The state association also must have a desire to work in a collaborative partnership, as noted above, for the greater good of the profession.
Will a state association have to give up any kind of control in order to participate in shared activities?
Not at all. Affiliation enhances advocacy initiatives and provides mutual benefit for all participating organizations. There will be no shared governance requirements between ACA and member organizations.
Is there a fee to join?
There is no fee to join the affiliate program. Representatives or their state affiliates are responsible for travel expenses for in-person meetings and activities, such as the annual ACA HoD meeting during ACA Engage, ACA’s advocacy day and annual conference.
Download the State Affiliate Brochure
Become an ACA State Affiliate Member
When joining the State Affiliate program, each state association will sign a partnership agreement with ACA. The agreement will include an acknowledgement that each organization’s vision of the future of chiropractic and their current policies, positions and plans for professional development are largely compatible. Further, it will contain a pledge that, to the extent possible, each organization will share information, infrastructure, staff and member support for joint programs and initiatives to advance the chiropractic profession for the benefit of our patients.