As health care continues to evolve, having experience practicing in an integrative care environment is valuable in opening doors for doctors of chiropractic just beginning their careers. Chiropractic students have more opportunities than ever to experience integrative care firsthand through unique programs established by the chiropractic colleges. In this installment on ACA Blogs, Logan University shares what it is doing to give students real-world experience working in team-based clinical environments with professionals from other healthcare disciplines.
Women in the chiropractic profession face a unique set of experiences and challenges. Panelists at a Sept. 30 virtual event, “ACA Women’s Roundtable: Education, Leadership, Care Delivery, Patients,” discussed their views on several related issues, including leadership in the profession, chiropractor demographics, and how to encourage more women to pursue a career in chiropractic. The event is the second in a series organized by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
This October during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM), chiropractors will encourage people to “Keep Moving!” and remind them that movement has benefits to both their physical and mental health. During NCHM, promote the benefits of movement—and what doctors of chiropractic can do to help people get and keep moving--in your community and among followers in social media with resources in the NCHM 2021 toolkit. It’s filled with ways to raise awareness of the importance of movement and physical activity.
ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, discusses how much she values the connections to her professional peers that ACA has provided, especially through the challenging times of the past year. Throughout the pandemic, ACA has worked hard to provide chiropractors with opportunities to engage and learn virtually with their colleagues across the country. Dr. Maiers encourages doctors to make plans to connect again during several events coming up in the fall and winter.
In September of 2020, Forbes shared a statistic from the U.S. Department of Education that says 54 percent of adults ages 16-74 in the United States read below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level. Literacy level can also affect how patients access healthcare services and how they interact with health professionals. Dr. Valerie Ubbes, PhD, MCHES, explains the concept of health literacy, addresses some of the challenges that low literacy can pose in health care, and suggests how doctors of chiropractic can be more attuned to literacy in their own practices.
By 2050, it is predicted that racial minorities will account for more than half of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the chiropractic profession is not representative of the national population regarding sex and race. While still a student, Natacha Douglas, DHPE, MBA, vice president of admissions and financial aid at Logan University, conducted research to help increase retention of diverse chiropractic students. “It’s not just about graduating diverse students. It’s about everyone benefitting from seeing diverse classmates to prepare for populations in the real world,” she writes.
When HIPAA was initially enacted, the use of the internet was limited, and therefore best practices were largely unaccounted for. With the widespread adoption of mobile devices, social media, and software applications, it is important to consider the implications of using them in a healthcare setting. To provide guidance on how to comply with HIPAA while using modern technology, HIPAA in the electronic age is discussed in this blog post by The Compliancy Group, ACA's preferred HIPAA solution.
It is always with much anticipation that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) posts the first piece of its National Chiropractic Health Month toolkit each summer. While the bulk of the toolkit is posted in September, the sample proclamation comes a month early to give members of the chiropractic profession enough time to reach out to their state and local government offices and begin the process of applying for a proclamation.
Healthcare professionals are used to treating patients with comorbidities—simultaneous health conditions that can make patients more susceptible to further health problems. But ACA member Michael Ingui, DC, MAS, FIANM (pictured), shares that those comorbidities can be more than what we typically think. “When we think about comorbidities, we often think about hypertension, diabetes, and certainly those conditions can affect someone’s pain, but it’s a lot more than that,” Dr. Ingui explains.
Just over one year ago, a small group of chiropractors in Georgia set out to create a new organization of likeminded individuals committed to evidence-based practice and collaboration between DCs and the medical community. The group, which would come to be known as the Academy of Georgia Chiropractors (AGC or “The Academy”), has been successful in bringing together a broad spectrum of practitioners who seek to not only work together but also learn from one another. ACA Blogs caught up with one of AGC’s founding partners, Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, to learn more about what inspired the group to strike out on its own.