The American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) 2021 George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year Award was presented to Kenneth A. Weber, II, DC, PhD, of Palo Alto, Calif. As a postdoctoral researcher and instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Weber’s work is not only interesting, but significant in improving patient outcomes. Inspired by many professors and colleagues throughout his career, he has developed a passion for mentoring others who aspire to careers in research.
In honor of Women’s History Month in March, ACA Blogs catches up with Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, who is the first woman elected president of the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Maiers and Kathy Boulet, DAAPM, DC, Dipl. Ac., who was elected vice president, also made history together by becoming the first all-female ACA executive team.
During February, it is important to recognize Black History Month in the chiropractic profession. February should be a reminder that the journey towards racial equality is underway, but unaccomplished. However, it is a great starting point for clinics, chiropractic schools, and organizations to allow the significance of the month to resonate. Being knowledgeable about the lack of representation in the past and present is one way to change the path for the future.
Advocate uses similar approach to win over legislators and health plan administrators.
After success in getting all Missouri’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor Medicare and TRICARE modernization bills, ACA Missouri Alternate Delegate Quinn James, DC, is continuing his efforts on the local level. He recently began looking at self-funded plans in the St. Louis, Mo., area and finding flaws in their benefit designs. Using a similar approach he takes with legislators, he was sucessful in convincing a local union to expand its chiropractic coverage.
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.
Texas Chiropractors Lead the Way to a New NCHM Proclamation Record: 51!
In planning this year’s National Chiropractic Health Month observance, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) wanted to provide the chiropractic profession with a way to connect with patients and communities as they continued to adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Granted, we knew this year’s observance, like everything this year, would be different. Leave it to the chiropractic profession to demonstrate just how “Active and Adaptive” it could be!
In April, about a month after COVID-19 stay-at-home guidance went into effect in many places across the United States, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) worked with the Wall Street Journal on an article about musculoskeletal injuries. At the time, millions of adults had been sent home to work remotely with little or no preparation. ACA worked with the WSJ to determine whether doctors of chiropractic had noticed an increase in cases involving pain from working at home and, if so, to collaborate in bringing this information to the attention of the public. The association developed a poll, posted on Facebook, to gauge whether chiropractors were in fact seeing a trend. As it turns out, they were.
We are living through historic times right now; however, every disaster is an opportunity for us to become better doctors by adapting and improving our efficiency at delivering high-quality care. Over the past seven months, I’ve discovered that chiropractic telehealth can be an invaluable asset for our patients during the worst of times, as well as a much-appreciated service for patients who are stuck at home or live too far away to visit in person.
Staying active and doing what you love is important. When faced with challenges along the way, the best thing you can do is maintain a positive attitude and adapt to the unique situations you are faced with. Thanks to new technologies, volunteers, and programs like the Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico (ASPNM), people living with disabilities can do just that. ACA member Michael Pridham, DC, of New Mexico has been an ASPNM volunteer instructor since 2009. In this Q&A with ACA Blogs, he talks about his experience with the program and the special athletes it serves.
Chiropractic celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, a milestone that warrants reflection. With that, ACA Blogs caught up with ACA member Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, FICC, a professor of chiropractic history who is also the immediate past president of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, to ask what he believes some of the profession’s most significant achievements have been and what today’s doctors of chiropractic should know about their past so they can continue building a foundation for future success.