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Diversity and Chiropractic: A Conversation

ACA’s first diversity forum touches on potential strategies to increase cultural competency among chiropractors.

Enhancing diversity in the chiropractic profession will be a vital and ongoing process to meet the needs of the nation’s ever-changing population, according to chiropractors gathered at a leadership roundtable in December to explore issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The EDI Forum’s Leadership Roundtable, which took place via Zoom, is the first of its kind organized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Virtually No Excuse Not to 'Engage' This Year

Live and Recorded Education Options Offer Flexibility to Engage 2021 Attendees

Annual meetings are much anticipated in the association world, as members gather from across the country for professional development, advocacy and networking opportunities. However, with COVID-19 preventing large, in-person events, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) embarked on a plan to reinvent its annual meeting, ACA Engage, in a virtual format this year that not only enables the chiropractic community to connect, but also affords greater access to education programming and continuing education credits.

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Engage 2021: Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Davis McAlister

Davis McAlister, DC, MEd, BS, BSA, is a clinic faculty doctor and lead doctor in the clinical sports performance program at Parker University. He is currently the team chiropractor for the WNBA Dallas Wings and was also the chiropractor of the XFL Dallas Renegades prior to the pandemic. Dr. McAlister will present "Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. In this ACA Blogs post, Dr. McAlister explains what doctors of chiropractic can expect.

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I’m Just a Bill…and I’ll be Back

For those familiar with “Schoolhouse Rock,” the 1976 classic “I’m Just a Bill” likely conjures memories of elementary school social studies class.  It is, however, still an excellent introduction to the legislative process and a reminder that introducing legislation in Congress is no small feat.

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Engage 2021: Treating Concussion Beyond the Chiropractic Adjustment

Cindy M. Howard, DC, DABCI, DACBN, the owner of Innovative Health and Wellness Center in Orland Park, Ill., is past president of the ACA Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders and vice president of the ACA College of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Howard will present "Treating Concussion Beyond the Chiropractic Adjustment” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. Registrants can participate in this live session on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET to ask questions. In this ACA Blogs posts, Dr. Howard offers a preview of what doctors can expect.

Author: Cindy Howard
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A Message from the ACA President

Sending my gratitude to the ACA community this season.

Since I was a child, I have been told by my seniors that time accelerates as you age. I don’t believe I am all that old, but the past two years that I have served as ACA president certainly have been a lesson in accelerated time. So much has changed and so much has been thrown at ACA over the past two years.  The most important message I can impart, as my cycle as president comes to an end, is that ACA is in great shape.

Author: Robert Jones
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UPDATED: Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Package Contains Tax Fix, More Resources for Chiropractors

In a COVID-19 relief and federal spending package passed earlier this week by a bipartisan group of U.S. House and Senate lawmakers, several important items that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) lobby team has been pushing for have been included in the measure.

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Congress Poised to Address Provider Nondiscrimination Before End of Year

In 2009-2010, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) was heavily involved in procuring a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that would end the blatant discrimination doctors of chiropractic and other providers encountered from insurance companies and plans just because of their doctoral degree.  Chiropractors, especially, faced, and continue to experience, discriminatory practices from payors that ultimately harm patient choice, access, and affordability. Congressional interest in addressing this issue has been tepid...until this week. 

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Engage 2021: Mechanics and Management of Acute Recurrent Low Back Pain

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Linda Wheatland Smith

Linda Wheatland Smith, DC, who has practiced for 38 years and owns an integrated clinic, has managed very severe cases of low back pain, leg pain, disc ruptures, and radiculopathy over her career. She has studied how the medical model has failed the low back pain patient, and what chiropractic has to offer this patient, including acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and rehabilitation. She will present "Mechanics and Management of Acute Recurrent Low Back Pain” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference on Saturday, Feb. 6 (1 CE available). ACA Blogs asks Dr. Smith what doctors can expect. 

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Engage 2021: Using Data to Drive ALL Aspects of a Chiropractic Practice

Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Lee Matthis

Lee R. Matthis, DC, vice president of clinic development and professional outreach with Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, which operates multiple locations across Virginia, will present "Using Data to Drive ALL Aspects of a Chiropractic Practice" at this year’s all-virtual Engage 2021 conference. In this post, ACA Blogs asks Dr. Matthis about what doctors can expect from his program and how he has adapted professionally during the pandemic.

Author: Lee Matthis
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