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.
Texas Chiropractors Lead the Way to a New NCHM Proclamation Record: 51!
In planning this year’s National Chiropractic Health Month observance, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) wanted to provide the chiropractic profession with a way to connect with patients and communities as they continued to adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Granted, we knew this year’s observance, like everything this year, would be different. Leave it to the chiropractic profession to demonstrate just how “Active and Adaptive” it could be!
In April, about a month after COVID-19 stay-at-home guidance went into effect in many places across the United States, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) worked with the Wall Street Journal on an article about musculoskeletal injuries. At the time, millions of adults had been sent home to work remotely with little or no preparation. ACA worked with the WSJ to determine whether doctors of chiropractic had noticed an increase in cases involving pain from working at home and, if so, to collaborate in bringing this information to the attention of the public. The association developed a poll, posted on Facebook, to gauge whether chiropractors were in fact seeing a trend. As it turns out, they were.
We are living through historic times right now; however, every disaster is an opportunity for us to become better doctors by adapting and improving our efficiency at delivering high-quality care. Over the past seven months, I’ve discovered that chiropractic telehealth can be an invaluable asset for our patients during the worst of times, as well as a much-appreciated service for patients who are stuck at home or live too far away to visit in person.
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.
Chiropractic celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, a milestone that warrants reflection. With that, ACA Blogs caught up with ACA member Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, FICC, a professor of chiropractic history who is also the immediate past president of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, to ask what he believes some of the profession’s most significant achievements have been and what today’s doctors of chiropractic should know about their past so they can continue building a foundation for future success.
This October during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM), chiropractors nationwide will do their part to help people navigate the new normal without adding extra aches, pains and injuries to their concerns. With the theme “Active and Adaptive,” NCHM 2020 aims to raise awareness of the importance of movement, posture and stress management to our musculoskeletal health.
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!
Sixty years ago, when E. Wayne Carr, DC, opened his first clinic in Miller, S.D., he practiced by a simple motto that he learned as a student at National from his mentor, Joseph Janse, DC: “Doctor first, chiropractor by discipline.” Today, his three sons, two grandsons and an associate who continue the family’s practice live that vision as they serve as medical directors of the COVID-19 response in their community.
A Message from the ACA Board of Governors
As we work to live life on adjusted terms during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) continues to act as a trusted source of information and a force for change on behalf of our members, the chiropractic profession as a whole, and the public. We deeply value the support and encouragement we have received as we navigate these difficult times.