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.
Just over one year ago, a small group of chiropractors in Georgia set out to create a new organization of likeminded individuals committed to evidence-based practice and collaboration between DCs and the medical community. The group, which would come to be known as the Academy of Georgia Chiropractors (AGC or “The Academy”), has been successful in bringing together a broad spectrum of practitioners who seek to not only work together but also learn from one another. ACA Blogs caught up with one of AGC’s founding partners, Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, to learn more about what inspired the group to strike out on its own.
In this post, ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, shares recent progress made toward ACA’s strategic goals. She writes, “With the backdrop of a global pandemic, it is an understatement to say that the past year has presented a few challenges to the American Chiropractic Association and its members. But what could have been a year lost has turned out to be a year of gains. This is no coincidence: ACA’s leadership, members and staff pulled together, adapting in large ways and small, to ensure there would be progress toward the goals that support our Strategic Plan."
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.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has selected Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA, to serve as its representative on the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Board of Directors. Dr. Lawrence will join 12 other representatives nominated or elected from each of WFC’s seven world regions. He replaces Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, who steps down from the WFC board on May 5 to focus on her new role as ACA President.
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.
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.
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.
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.