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.
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.
Each year, doctors of chiropractic and students reach out to their state and local governments to request proclamations declaring October as National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM). The process can take a few weeks to complete so August is a great time to get started. This year’s theme, “Active and Adaptive,” encourages people to adapt in healthy ways to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by, for example, staying active, managing stress, and being aware of their posture when working from home. Find links to sample proclamation text and instructions at www.acatoday.org/NCHM and get started!
The chiropractic profession has been working for some time toward increased integration in health care by seeking ways to become more involved within communities and on the national level, laying a foundation for doctors of chiropractic to collaborate more meaningfully with different types of providers for the benefit of patients. N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC, and Steven J. Gould, DC, provide one example of chiropractors who are advancing integration and bridging the gap with their medical colleagues through volunteer leadership.
Representing a new generation of researchers is no easy feat, but as the current research director at Parker University, Katherine Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD, is doing just that. Since joining Parker’s team in 2015, Dr. Pohlman has designed two entrepreneurial programs aimed at increasing the college’s research productivity. As a result, faculty participation in research activities increased from 10 percent to 65 percent. Earlier this year at ACA's annual meeting, Dr. Pohlman’s efforts were recognized by her peers when she received the association's prestigious Dr. George B. McClelland Researcher of the Year Award. In this Q&A, ACA Blogs finds out how hard work and good fortune contributed to her success.
Chiropractic is widely respected in the world of dance. Just like professional football or baseball players, dancers use chiropractic care to keep their bodies feeling pain free and able to perform at their full potential. The American Chiropractic Association just happens to have two members who are former dancers now studying to become doctors of chiropractic while also serving on the Student American Chiropractic Association National Board. These are the unique journeys of James Walters and Holly Stephens, and how their experiences as dancers led them to pursue a career in chiropractic.
ACA NextGen members offer their best advice to chiropractic students.
In Part 2 of our conversation with ACA’s NextGen members, they share their experiences to date with life and practice, post-graduation. There are many lessons to be learned and questions to ask as you embark on a career in chiropractic; here's what the next generation of chiropractors have taken away from their first few years in practice.
NextGen members offer their best advice to chiropractic students.
As chiropractic students get ready to graduate and enter the workforce, eager to make their mark in an ever-evolving healthcare world and help patients get well, it's normal for them to be excited and nervous at the same time. There is nothing wrong with needing a little guidance, and luckily, ACA’s NextGen members are here to help. Having graduated within the past five years, NextGen members are fairly new to the workforce, and the struggles and successes of chiropractic college are fresh in their memories. In this first of a two-part series, NextGen members share the best advice they received as students...and what they want YOU to know before venturing into practice.
Dr. N. Ray Tuck, Jr., leads one of only three multidisciplinary state licensing boards.
Being a leader can be one of the most rewarding ways to give back to your community. N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC, of Christiansburg, Va., has learned the value of being involved through leadership in organizations that share his mission and vision. He has held various national and state positions over the years, including president of both the American Chiropractic Association and the Virginia Chiropractic Association, but his latest post as president of the Virginia Board of Medicine, an integrated board that governs both the medical and chiropractic professions in the state, is a new adventure.
Recent history has shown that those at the scene of an accident or a mass-casualty event can play a vital role in saving lives until first responders arrive, but for some the thought of stepping in during a crisis is intimidating. Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, found herself in several situations years ago and resolved to become better skilled. Today, as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), she is involved extensively in disaster relief efforts and promoting the value of a new campaign, Stop the Bleed, designed to teach the public simple steps that can save the life of someone experiencing heavy bleeding. Learn more about this program and how chirorpactors can get involved.