The Engage 2021 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: the Engage 2021 app, links to the full schedule, highlights for Thursday, Feb. 4, and special thanks to our sponsors.
Thomas M. LaBrot, DC, is the senior vice president of clinical services for American Specialty Health (ASH). Dr. LaBrot’s pre-recorded Engage 2021 program, "Educating the Broader Healthcare Community on Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments” (1 CE available) will be accompanied by a live chat. His central message is that the individual chiropractor can be effective in communicating the benefits of chiropractic care, and that this can be done at the level of promoting one’s own practice...or promoting the profession to healthcare decision makers.
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.
Live and Recorded Education Options Offer Flexibility to Engage 2021 Attendees
Annual meetings are much anticipated in the association world, as members gather from across the country for professional development, advocacy and networking opportunities. However, with COVID-19 preventing large, in-person events, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) embarked on a plan to reinvent its annual meeting, ACA Engage, in a virtual format this year that not only enables the chiropractic community to connect, but also affords greater access to education programming and continuing education credits.
Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Davis McAlister
Davis McAlister, DC, MEd, BS, BSA, is a clinic faculty doctor and lead doctor in the clinical sports performance program at Parker University. He is currently the team chiropractor for the WNBA Dallas Wings and was also the chiropractor of the XFL Dallas Renegades prior to the pandemic. Dr. McAlister will present "Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. In this ACA Blogs post, Dr. McAlister explains what doctors of chiropractic can expect.
For those familiar with “Schoolhouse Rock,” the 1976 classic “I’m Just a Bill” likely conjures memories of elementary school social studies class. It is, however, still an excellent introduction to the legislative process and a reminder that introducing legislation in Congress is no small feat.
Cindy M. Howard, DC, DABCI, DACBN, the owner of Innovative Health and Wellness Center in Orland Park, Ill., is past president of the ACA Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders and vice president of the ACA College of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Howard will present "Treating Concussion Beyond the Chiropractic Adjustment” at this year’s virtual Engage 2021 conference. Registrants can participate in this live session on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET to ask questions. In this ACA Blogs posts, Dr. Howard offers a preview of what doctors can expect.
Sending my gratitude to the ACA community this season.
Since I was a child, I have been told by my seniors that time accelerates as you age. I don’t believe I am all that old, but the past two years that I have served as ACA president certainly have been a lesson in accelerated time. So much has changed and so much has been thrown at ACA over the past two years. The most important message I can impart, as my cycle as president comes to an end, is that ACA is in great shape.
In a COVID-19 relief and federal spending package passed earlier this week by a bipartisan group of U.S. House and Senate lawmakers, several important items that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) lobby team has been pushing for have been included in the measure.
In 2009-2010, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) was heavily involved in procuring a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that would end the blatant discrimination doctors of chiropractic and other providers encountered from insurance companies and plans just because of their doctoral degree. Chiropractors, especially, faced, and continue to experience, discriminatory practices from payors that ultimately harm patient choice, access, and affordability. Congressional interest in addressing this issue has been tepid...until this week.