Part of what makes ACA Engage a must-attend event is the cutting-edge education programs and discussion panels that educate attendees about important developments in health care and inspire them to achieve the best outcomes possible for their patients. Among thought leaders who will present at Engage 2022 is Jim Lehman, DC, who is a credentialed chiropractic specialist within a Federally Qualified Health Center as well as a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist and a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Lehman will emphasize the importantance of interprofessional collaboration during a panel discussion about integrative practice. Learn more in this ACA Blogs post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.