Q&A with Engage 2020 Presenters: Dr. David BenEliyahu

ACA’s annual meeting this year becomes Engage 2020. The new name is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to position members for success by bringing them advocacy and leadership-development opportunities, networking events and cutting-edge education programs.

David J. BenEliyahu, DC, is one of Engage 2020’s education program presenters. He serves as the administrative director of the Back and Neck Pain Center at Mather Hospital/Northwell in Port Jefferson, N.Y. He is also health director of the Chiropractic Collaboration Program at Mather Hospital/Northwell; health co-director of the Chiropractic Collaboration Program at NYU Winthrop University Hospital; and clinical director of the Coram-Selden Chiropractic Office. His presentation, “Population Spine Health Management: Enhancing Clinical Outcomes and Increasing the Cultural Authority of Chiropractic for Spine Care,” takes place Friday, Jan. 31, at 8:30 a.m. For complete conference information and schedules, click here, and learn more about Dr. BenEliyahu’s presentation in our Q&A with him below:

How is your topic relevant to today’s chiropractor?

Contemporary practice principles in hospitals and health systems have become much more comprehensive and incorporate population health management principles, coordination of care, collaborative care, application of standardized care pathways, and attention to the social determinants of health. Chiropractors should adopt these principles in their practices, as they foster integration and collaboration with our medical colleagues.

How can knowing more about this topic help chiropractors be successful now and into the future?

By adopting these contemporary principles, a doctors of chiropractic (DC) can enhance their clinical outcomes, enhance collaboration with other medical providers in their communities, and enhance the cultural authority of chiropractic as it relates to spine care

Who should attend your presentation and why?

All practicing and student chiropractors should attend and would benefit from learning about these contemporary healthcare principles.

What practical knowledge or skills can attendees expect to take away from your presentation?

The presentation will teach attendees about the principles of interprofessional collaboration, and population spine health management. It will focus on the importance of screening for risk factors, social determinants of health and the importance of having standardized spine care pathways that DCs apply to all their patients. I will provide a sample care pathway document as well as a population spine health risk assessment tool.

What is one piece of information or advice that you want to leave with chiropractors who read this?

Integration, collaboration and coordination of care with our medical and behavioral health colleagues, as well as social service centers, will help increase the cultural authority of chiropractic for spine-related disorders. Every DC can make a contribution.

To learn more about education offerings and CE credits available at Engage 2020 (formerly NCLC) and to register, visit www.acatoday.org/engage.