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.
As health care continues to evolve, having experience practicing in an integrative care environment is valuable in opening doors for doctors of chiropractic just beginning their careers. Chiropractic students have more opportunities than ever to experience integrative care firsthand through unique programs established by the chiropractic colleges. In this installment on ACA Blogs, Logan University shares what it is doing to give students real-world experience working in team-based clinical environments with professionals from other healthcare disciplines.
By 2050, it is predicted that racial minorities will account for more than half of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the chiropractic profession is not representative of the national population regarding sex and race. While still a student, Natacha Douglas, DHPE, MBA, vice president of admissions and financial aid at Logan University, conducted research to help increase retention of diverse chiropractic students. “It’s not just about graduating diverse students. It’s about everyone benefitting from seeing diverse classmates to prepare for populations in the real world,” she writes.
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.”
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.
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.
Last year on March 16, Match Day, I got accepted into the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) of Western New York Healthcare System chiropractic residency program. Selection of VA chiropractic residents is done through a standardized process, but like me, you may still wonder what is involved in that process. This post is simply an explanation of my experiences and understanding of the chiropractic residency application, interviews, and matching.
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.