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.”
It was not so long ago that conversations about the value of diversity and how to achieve it were uncommon in chiropractic and other healthcare professions. But things are changing thanks to ACA members such as Nakiesha Pearson, DC, ND, vice chair of the ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). ACA Blogs caught up with Dr. Pearson to learn what drives this dedicated advocate to “do the work” to promote diversity and challenge disparities in health care.
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.
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.
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.
Being sensitive to cultural differences in your patient population not only can enhance patient care but also help expand your practice, according to ACA Engage 2020 presenter Gerald Stevens, DC, an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Stevens discusses the value of such an approach in this Q&A with ACA Blogs. ACA’s annual meeting becomes ACA Engage in 2020: The new name is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to engage a new generation of chiropractors and position all members for success by bringing them advocacy and leadership-development opportunities, networking events and cutting-edge education programs.
As the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its members embark on a new year, we thought we’d take a moment to look back at the top ACA news stories of 2018. From beginning to end, it was an eventful year that brought not only significant internal growth and change to the association but also important progress and achievements for several of ACA’s top legislative priorities.
Every year Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 58.9 million individuals of Hispanic heritage, making this group the largest minority group at 18.1 percent of the U.S. population.1 The data set, part of the department’s National Hispanic Heritage Month fact sheet, indicates a 10-state block with more than 1 million individuals of Hispanic heritage. ACA's new Commission on Diversity is developing projects and resources to help expand access to information about ACA and chiropractic to Spanish speakers as well as other populations.
An Introduction to Diverse Needs
While a chiropractic student, I traveled with a group of medical providers to a community in Ghana to provide supplies, assist with health screens in remote villages, and work in a local hospital within a variety of departments. During my time there, I interviewed different community members employed by the hospital or by non-governmental organizations working with the hospital about their perceived health burdens and openness to chiropractic. Unexpectedly, interviewees expressed that while they practiced a Western medicine model, there was some uncertainty on how much that body of knowledge applied to them since they felt so underrepresented in the studies that contributed to that knowledge. The patients and study participants described were rarely people that came from similar geography, cultures, and lifestyles or had physical characteristics they identified with.