James J. Lehman, DC, DIANM, will share insights into interprofessional collaboration during the “Integrative Practice” panel discussion at Engage 2022. Dr. Lehman is a credentialed chiropractic specialist within a Federally Qualified Health Center in Connecticut. He is a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist and a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine. He practiced for 33 years in New Mexico prior to accepting a faculty position with the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic, where he is associate professor of clinical sciences, director of health sciences postgraduate education, and program director of the neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency. Below, ACA Blogs finds out more about Dr. Lehman and the event:
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How is the topic you are presenting relevant to today’s doctor of chiropractic?
Dr. Lehman: Americans need chiropractic specialists that are integrated into the healthcare systems to be part of the solution to the chronic pain epidemic and the opioid epidemic. This effort mandates interprofessional collaboration.
Interesting. Where can we learn more?
• A Call to Revolutionize Chronic Pain Care in America: An Opportunity in Health Care Reform
• The Joint Commission calls for non-pharmacological treatments for patients in pain that include acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation.
How does your background make you an expert in this area?
Dr. Lehman: Fifty years as a chiropractic physician has permitted me several opportunities to integrate chiropractic services into the largest healthcare system in New Mexico, the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine, and five Federally Qualified Health Centers in Connecticut and New Jersey. These integrative efforts required a significant amount of interprofessional collaboration.
What practical knowledge or skills can attendees take away from your presentation?
Dr. Lehman: Attendees will be introduced to several different health care systems that may integrate chiropractic services.
How can improved interprofessional collaboration improve patient care?
Dr. Lehman: Many underserved patients suffering with painful neuromusculoskeletal conditions would never experience chiropractic services without integration into Federally Qualified Health Centers and interprofessional collaboration between chiropractic specialists and primary care providers.
What do you enjoy about presenting educational programs?
Dr. Lehman: I enjoy enlightening chiropractors of their opportunities to make chiropractic services more available to the entire population.
Engage 2022 offers an unmatched education program, featuring 19 virtual and in-person sessions that offer high-quality, innovative presentations. Up to 21 CE credits are also available for several programs. Learn more and register here.