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.
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.
In this post, ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, shares recent progress made toward ACA’s strategic goals. She writes, “With the backdrop of a global pandemic, it is an understatement to say that the past year has presented a few challenges to the American Chiropractic Association and its members. But what could have been a year lost has turned out to be a year of gains. This is no coincidence: ACA’s leadership, members and staff pulled together, adapting in large ways and small, to ensure there would be progress toward the goals that support our Strategic Plan."
A virtual force of advocates landed on Capitol Hill May 6 for ACA’s Advocacy Day. About 350 doctors of chiropractic and students—armed with data as well as stories of patients who have benefitted from chiropractic care—entered the halls of Congress via virtual meetings to urge support for H.R. 2654, the Chiropractic Medicare Modernization Act. The bill was introduced in late April with 16 original cosponsors, but thanks to the efforts of the chiropractic advocates it won additional support and, to date, features 43 congressional cosponsors.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has selected Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA, to serve as its representative on the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Board of Directors. Dr. Lawrence will join 12 other representatives nominated or elected from each of WFC’s seven world regions. He replaces Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, who steps down from the WFC board on May 5 to focus on her new role as ACA President.
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.
The Engage 2021 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: ACA's new leadership team, Advocacy Update, HOD deliberative session, ACA's annual awards, NextGen's new leadership team and annual awards, SACA annual awards, Standard Process scholarships, and special thanks to our sponsors.
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.
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.