Professional Development - American Chiropractic Association

President's Message: Stay Connected

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.  

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The Importance of Health Literacy to Patient Care and Access

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. 

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Addressing Social Health Disparities with Community-Focused Care

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. 

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International Manual Therapies Conference Set for May 2022

The International Consortium on Manual Therapies (ICMT) and its conferences are for manual therapy practitioners with inquisitive minds who are not afraid of asking questions. The ICMT is for practitioners who are willing to work together, through the challenges of communication, to come up with and answer meaningful questions regarding manual therapy’s role in health care.  By being an organization that supports communication and collaboration, ICMT will help advance the understanding and provision of more effective manual therapy.

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Rural Health Disparities and the Chiropractic Solution

Learn ACA webinar examines rural health disparities and opportunities for chiropractors to make a difference.

Americans living in rural areas often have higher incidences of disease or disability, higher mortality rates and lower life expectancies, all of which indicate health disparities—differences in health when compared to the overall population. James J. Lehman, DC, MBA, recently presented a webinar titled “Rural Health Disparities and the Chiropractic Solution” through Learn ACA, ACA’s online education platform. In his presentation, he discussed health disparities in America’s rural areas and opportunities for doctors of chiropractic to get involved in rural health clinics.  

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Do You See ME? Ableism and Ageism in Health Care

Aging and disabled populations face special challenges in the healthcare arena, both as patients and as practitioners. To shed light on how doctors of chiropractic can work more effectively with these groups, Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, MSDPEM, FACO, FICC, DAAPM, will present a webinar on June 8 at 1 p.m. entitled “Do You See ME? Ableism and Ageism in Healthcare” through LearnACA, ACA’s online learning platform. “More than 25 percent of adults in the United States have some form of disability,” Dr. Konarski-Hart explained. “Two in five people over the age of 65 have a disability, and by 2030, one in five U.S. residents will be 65 years of age or older.”

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Students: Your Future Career in Sports Chiropractic Starts Today

Many students in chiropractic colleges across the nation find the field of sports chiropractic alluring but are often unsure or unaware of steps they can take to set themselves up for success in the profession. While there are countless routes to take to establish yourself within this specialty, here are four key guidelines that can help put you on the right path toward a future working with athletes.

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Researcher of the Year Motivated by Improving the Lives of Patients

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.

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Engage 2021 Conference Daily: Friday, Feb. 5

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. 

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Engage 2021 Conference Daily: Thursday, Feb. 4

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: A message from the ACA president, ACA's Annual Awards winners, other awards and honors, and special thanks to our sponsors. 

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