How to Obtain a Government Proclamation

A proclamation is a formal announcement made by a state or local government on a topic important to members of that community. Asking your state or local government to issue a proclamation for National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a great way to raise awareness of chiropractic services.

When you are successful in getting a NCHM proclamation signed by your governor, mayor or other local official, please let the ACA Communications Department know (send photos of the signing, if possible) by emailing us or calling (703) 276-8800. We will share your news with the rest of the profession via our social media channels!

Sample text is below these instructions.

How do I get started?

1. Start early. It may take some time to go through the proclamation process, so begin at least 4-8 weeks in advance of National Chiropractic Health Month.

2. Identify who handles proclamations in your local city, county or state government offices by looking on city, county and state websites, checking the government pages in the phone book, or by calling the offices. If there is no one who deals exclusively with proclamations, try contacting a public relations or public information officer. An office manager or an office administrator may be able to help, as well.

3. When contacting the proclamations office, be prepared to provide information about the importance of conservative care for people in your area. You can use statistics and information provided in ACA’s sample NCHM proclamation or from ACA’s advocacy, research and website resources.

Also be sure to ask the right questions:

  • What is the process to obtain a proclamation?
  • Do they want you to draft the proclamation or to do it themselves with information you provide?
  • In what form would they like to receive the proclamation text?
  • Once the proclamation is ready, can you arrange a signing ceremony and invite guests and media?

4. When submitting the required documents to the proclamation office, remember to include the following:

  • cover letter or email with some facts about the importance of conservative care as a way to stem the opioid epidemic. Be sure to mention that your clinic/organization will be celebrating National Chiropractic Health Month with the American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic nationwide. Note that the goal of NCHM is to bring attention to chiropractic’s non-drug approach to pain management, which can help some people lessen or eliminate their need for prescription opioid pain medications. Include the date and theme of the proposed proclamation (October; “Chiropractic: On the Frontline for Pain”) and your contact information.
  • A draft of the proposed proclamation (see sample text below).

5. Mail, email and/or hand deliver your cover letter and draft proclamation to the office. If you have not heard back from the office after a week, follow up on the status of the proclamation by phone or e-mail.

6. Once the proclamation is signed, pick it up in person if possible, and personally thank the official or staff person who helped you. Or, send a thank you card or email to that person. This may help the process go much quicker next year.

7. If you are able to arrange a signing ceremony, take pictures and send them to the ACA Communications Department. We will share your good news via our social media channels! If you post them on social media yourself, don’t forget to include the hashtag #Frontlineforpain so ACA can repost and share them with our entire community.

8. Display the proclamation in your office the entire month of October. In addition to enhancing the credibility of the chiropractic profession and your clinic, the proclamation is another way for you to begin conversations with patients about the importance of chiropractic’s natural, evidence-based, and non-drug approach to health and wellness.

Sample Proclamation Text:

National Chiropractic Health Month 2022

WHEREAS, The opioid crisis continues to take a toll on the health and lives of millions of Americans, and has worsened in some communities during the COVID-19 pandemic;

WHEREAS, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain struggles with addiction, and from 1999-2020 more than 260,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses involving prescription opioids;

WHEREAS, The interest in and need for greater access to safe and effective non-drug, noninvasive approaches to pain management has increased;

WHEREAS, The American College of Physicians (ACP) released updated low-back pain treatment guidelines in 2017 that promote the use of noninvasive, non-drug approaches such as spinal manipulation as a first line of defense against back pain, before the use of pain medications and surgery;

WHEREAS, The CDC in its draft 2022 prescribing guidelines also promotes diverse approaches and varied pain management solutions and specifically encourages use of non-drug therapies as a first line of treatment for subacute and chronic pain and even some types of acute pain.

WHEREAS, Doctors of chiropractic, who focus on the whole person with their non-drug, noninvasive treatments for pain management – most notably spinal manipulation – can play an important role in helping patients lessen their reliance on pain medications;

WHEREAS, There is a growing body of research supporting the early use of chiropractic spinal manipulation in helping patients with chronic low back pain to reduce or eliminate their need later for prescription opioid pain medications and surgery.

WHEREAS, With the theme “Chiropractic: On the Frontline for Pain,” National Chiropractic Health Month 2022 serves as a reminder to citizens of [insert name of state/city] that non-drug treatments for low-back pain such as spinal manipulation provided by doctors of chiropractic can help to lessen or eliminate the need for riskier, potentially addictive treatments and should be utilized where appropriate before starting prescription opioid pain medications.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the [state/city] of [insert name of city or state] officially joins with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in proclaiming the month of October 2022 as National Chiropractic Health Month.

Signature ___________________________________           Date Proclaimed _____________________________