Chiropractic Health Care
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Program for 2011 Annual APHA Meeting

Submitted by Michael Schneider, DC, PhD

Chiropractic Health Care Section Program Chair

 

The Chiropractic Health Care Section of APHA has been busy planning for the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting that will take place Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Michael Schneider recently assumed the position as program chair, taking over the position from the past chair Dr. John Stites, and has been working with other CHC Section members to develop an exciting educational program for the 2011 Annual Meeting. Eighteen scientific abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations within the context of the following three sessions:

 

Innovation in public health education within the chiropractic colleges

 

Chiropractic research: A view from journal editors' desks

Claire Johnson, MSEd, DC, and Bart Green, MSEd, DC

 

Health promotion and prevention practice in chiropractic teaching clinics: A continuing study to find out if reviewing patient files reflect advice on health promotion

Rod Floyd, DC, MSPH, DrPH

 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A review and practice suggestions for manual therapists

Bart Green, MSEd, DC, Claire Johnson, MSEd, DC, Michael Rosenthal, PT, DSc, ATC, Jonathon Todd Egan, DC, MPH, and Marion Willard Evans, DC, PhD, CHES

 

Student and Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors toward Healthy Lifestyles in a CAM Educational Institution

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS (Ayu), MAOM, and Kevin Rose, DC, MPH

 

Evaluating Student Abilities and Behaviors to Access Scientific Literature Following an Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum Intervention at a CAM Institution

Thomas Grieve, DC, Barbara Sullivan, PhD, Jerrilyn A. Cambron, DC, PhD, Christopher Wolcott, DC, Judy Pocius, MS, and Gregory Cramer, DC, PhD

 

Drugs and aging: An interdisciplinary patient-centered activity to enhance student knowledge and confidence in identifying and managing medication problems in elderly patients

Lisa Killinger, DC

 

Public Health and Chiropractic Care

 

Geographic Variations in Chiropractic Utilization under Medicare

James Whedon, DC

Geographical variation in the rates of use of chiropractic manipulation treatment in Northern New England

Karl Finison, MS, Amy Kinner and Gregory Merriman, MPH

 

Racial differences in pain management approaches in patients with osteoarthritis

Shibing Yang, MS, PhD candidate, Rachel Jawahar, Charles B. Eaton, MD, and Kate L. Lapane, PhD

 

“Public Health” in 5 major chiropractic journals: Analysis of search results in PubMed

Claire Johnson, MSEd, DC, and Bart Green, MSEd, DC

 

Chiropractic Care and Working with Ethnically Diverse Communities: Promising Implications for Public Health

Elton Holden, DC

 

Attitudes toward chiropractic care among the health care community in Ghana, Africa

Dana Madigan, Barbara Sullivan, PhD, and Nadine Peacock, PhD

 

Research: Current status and updates

 

Comparison of Health Counseling Scores of Chiropractic Patients Receiving Interprofessional Collaborative Care and Usual Care

Silvano Mior, DC, PhD

 

Complementary and Alternative therapy for chronic lower back pain in the Veteran's Health Administration: A review of the literature

Jason G. Napuli, DC, MBA, Jonathon Todd Egan, DC, MPH, and Rebekah Tho, BSC

 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Treatment of Pain in Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review

Michael Schneider, DC, PhD

 

Dose-Response for Chronic Low Back Pain: Long-Term Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Mitchell Haas, DC, MA, Darcy Vavrek, ND, MS, David Peterson, DC, and Mikel Aickin, PhD

 

Costs of recruiting chronic lower back pain patients in two randomized controlled trials

Paul Dougherty, DC, Dorian Savino, MPA, and Lindsay Schaefer, MPA

 

Spinal manipulation for treatment of hypertension: A qualitative literature review

Kevin Mangum, Lester Partna, DC, and Darcy Vavrek, ND, MS

 

In addition to these presentations, the CHC Section has successfully networked with two other sections of APHA and will be co-sponsoring joint panel discussion sessions. The first joint session is entitled “Back Pain in the Work Place: Challenges, Prevention, Management, and Research”. This panel session will be moderated by Dr. Bart Green and will feature speakers from the chiropractic profession as well as speakers from the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA. The second joint session will be moderated by Dr. Will Evans and is entitled “Promoting health and preventing disease in clinical practice”. This joint panel discussion will feature speakers from the chiropractic profession as well as speakers from the Health Promotion and Health Education Section of APHA.

 

The annual business meetings of the CHC Section will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30, at  4 p.m., October 30th Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the APHA Annual Meeting. The scientific presentations and joint panel discussion sessions will be scheduled for Monday October 31. For more information about the upcoming program, please visit http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/CHC.html

 

Michael Schneider, DC, PhD

Transportation Bill

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit http://apha.org/transportation.

Chiropractic Health Care Section Activities for 2010-2011: Message from the Current CHC Chair

Submitted by Paul Dougherty, DC

Chiropractic Health Care Section Chair

 

The Chiropractic Health Care Section celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010. The Section has had a very interesting history dating back to the late '70's when Rand Baird, DC, developed a passion to see chiropractic represented in this important multidisciplinary organization. The history of the CHC Section was published in 2006 by Egan et al. in the Journal of Chiropractic History.

 

The CHC Section has had a busy and exciting year. We have a wonderful group of leaders who tirelessly give to see the Section remain productive. Over the past year we have seen developments including: expanding auto-enrollment of chiropractic students into APHA at four chiropractic colleges,  the submission of a policy to raise the awareness of the public health burden of musculoskeletal disease, the development of two exciting joint sessions with Occupational Health And Safety and Health Education and Health Promotion Sections and the development of a strategic plan.  

 

Auto-enrollment: Through the tireless efforts of Drs. Egan and Baird, the Southern California University of Health Sciences, New York Chiropractic College, Northwestern Health Sciences University, and University of Western States, College of Chiropractic have initiated the enrollment of the students taking the public health class into APHA. The intent of this policy is to expose our chiropractic students to APHA and mainstream public health activities, with the hope that a percentage of them will continue with involvement in public health, in APHA, and maintain their active membership with the CHC Section.

 

Policy submission: Drs. Dougherty, Haas, Johnson, Meeker and Stites have been an integral part of developing an important policy statement outlining the importance of musculoskeletal disease on public health. Musculoskeletal disease is a leading cause of morbidity in the United States and costs approximately $850 billion per year. This statement outlines the importance of public education concerning prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disease. This is the first policy statement submitted by the CHC Section.

 

Joint Sessions: The CHC Section is participating in two joint sessions this year. The first session is with Occupational Health. This session is being organized and moderated by Bart Green, DC. Dr. Green has done a great job of getting high quality speakers. The title of the session is: Back Pain in the Work Place: Challenges, Prevention, Management, and Research.  The second session is being organized by Will Evans, DC, PhD. He is continuing to confirm the speakers for this joint session with Health Education and Health Promotion. Program Chair Michael Schneider, DC, PhD, is doing a great job of coordinating these joint sessions as well as organizing the scientific sessions. The 2011 Annual Meeting should be excellent this year.

 

Strategic Planning: Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd, is heading up the strategic planning ad hoc committee. Strategic planning is an important step to assure the continued success of the CHC Section. Dr. Johnson is currently vetting the most up to date iteration of the strategic planning document to the CHC Sectio and is looking for feedback and participants. We are looking forward to developing short and long range plans that will ultimately result in improved health of the public through joint initiatives of the CHC Section with other sections within APHA at large.

 

Leadership: In addition to the above mentioned activities, we are very proud to announce that Mitch Haas, DC, MA, has been appointed as chair of the APHA Bylaws Committee, the first CHC Section member to be deployed as chair of an APHA association-wide committee.


In conclusion, it has been my privilege to serve for the past two years as chair of the CHC Section. I look forward to the leadership of Lori Byrd, MS, in the future. I would like to thank all of the Section leadership for their tireless work for the success, not just of the CHC Section, but ultimately improved public health.

Paul Dougherty, DC

 

 

 

Scholarships Available

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139 th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011.  Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation.  An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay.  As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.  Please inform the student members of your Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: www.apha.org/meetings/registration/scholarship for complete details and application.  Please contact Pooja Bhandari at pooja.bhandari@apha.org with any questions. 

 

APHA Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the APHA 139 th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.apha.org/meetings .

 

Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative.

Public Health - 2011 Special Theme Issue

Submitted by Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd

Chiropractic Health Care Section Communications Chair

 

The August 2011 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics will provide a special focus on public health issues and chiropractic care. This will be our fourth annual issue that will offer a wide range of articles on public health topics.

 

Through the generosity of the National University of Health Sciences and Elsevier, the CHC Section will receive extra copies of this special issue of the JMPT for distribution at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting, the chiropractic sessions, and the CHC booth.

 

The JMPT is an international, peer reviewed journal and currently the only chiropractic focused journal indexed in MEDLINE and with a Thomson Reuters Impact Factor. The journal is the most widely subscribed to and distributed scientific chiropractic journal and has been published for 32 years. Additional information about the JMPT can be found at: www.jmptonline.org or by contacting the editor at cjohnson@nuhs.edu.

 

New Goals for APHA 2011 Less Trash! Less Plastic!

 

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities.

 

Green Goals.  The APHA Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee, and APHA are setting goals to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just, and healthy food and water system.  

Got Trash?  We encourage everyone at APHA 2011 to increase efforts to reduce trash, especially paper and plastic.

 

 The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at APHA 2007 was 34 percent.

The Diversion Rate in Denver at APHA 2010 was 52.75 percent

Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?

 

 -- The D.C. Convention Center’s water fountains and food service sinks provide filtered water! Bring your own refillable bottle to the conference to cut down on plastic waste.

 

 -- Plan events using local resources and services that encourage wise use of water and other resources. If you need advice or suggestions, contact us: apha.fewg@gmail.com

 

--  Buy food sourced from sustainable producers and distributors. 

 

-- If using disposables, use compostable products and use the facility compost program.  Label containers so compostables do not go into the waste stream.

 

-- Take advantage of the D..C Convention Center's Green Initiativeshttp://www.dcconvention.com/Planners/Large/GreenInitiatives.aspx

 

-- Learn more about APHA 2011 Environmental Initiatives: http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/environment.htm

 

Be an Ambassador of public health and social justice in your own community.   Share information about  the social justice, public health and environmental problems caused by bottled water and water privatization, especially disposable plastic water bottles.  Use the "Resources and References" below and on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=134564799935654&topic=6959

 

Share ideas for waste reduction at APHA 2011 programs, scientific sessions, events and exhibits.  Send your questions and suggestions to Ellie Goldberg ellie.goldberg@gmail.com and join the conversation on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/APHA.food.and.environment.

 

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The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA Sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.

 

If you would like to work with us toward these goals, contact Rebecca Klein, rklein@jhsph.edu, Working Group membership is open to all APHA members.

 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  Resources and References ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Bottled Water Myths 

http://www.storyofstuff.com/pdfs/storyofbottledwater_myth-v-reality.pdf

 

Bottled Water: Get the Facts

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/bottled/ 

 

Blue Gold, Maude Barlow

Book: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Gold-Fight-Corporate-Worlds/dp/1565848136/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1302634088&sr=8-2

 

Film: http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com/

2011 Midyear Update from Dr. Rand Baird

2011 Midyear Update from Dr. Rand Baird

 

Submitted by Rand Baird, DC, MPH

Chiropractic Health Care Dynamic Chiropractic Column Editor

 

I am going to become a dentist!  Why, you may ask, at this point in my career and at my age?  Well, it is because of the “Chiropractic in the APHA” column in Dynamic Chiropractic! ?!   Huh?  Yes, because getting articles contributed from CHC Section members IS LIKE PULLING TEETH!  So I may as well become a dentist! 

 

The CHC Section Council votes annually to continue our participation in the Dynamic Chiropractic column.  It is our single biggest source of extramural visibility, and thus a factor in new member recruitment and in member retention.  We have so many talented authors, and public health is such a wide umbrella, that I should not have to beg and plead for contributions for our six allotted spots each year.  Drs. Dougherty, Johnson, Green, Egan, Darragh, Schneider, Killinger, and I have recently contributed, but how about the rest of you?   Unfortunately, right now I have no articles in queue.   One article is scheduled to go to print next month and after that the bucket is empty again.  So c’mon….send me something good, now! Please email your materials to drrandbaird@yahoo.com

 

For this edition of the CHC Newsletter, I have been asked, “What have you been doing to further the integration of public health and chiropractic through APHA lately?”  It is a fair question, one we should all ask ourselves periodically. Here is what has happened for this year so far:

 

Our APHA-CHC membership, the extra knowledge we acquire because of it, the professional contact network we develop participating in it, and by attending annual meetings are personally enriching and bring rich rewards to our entire profession that would not have happened otherwise. Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, has been a lead-off speaker at the WFC Biennial Congress in 2009 and recently at ACC-RAC in 2010. This would not have happened if he had not previously become acquainted with Mitch Haas and me year after year at APHA and then accepted our personal invitation.

 

I had very briefly met Vice-Admiral Regina Benjamin, MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, when she spoke at an APHA Annual Meeting shortly after her appointment.  Then I waved at her at a World Health Organization annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in 2010. She knew I looked familiar so stopped to say hello and I introduced her to the WFC delegation.  We chatted about APHA and chiropractic at length and a friendship developed.  Then Kathy Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, and Mary Wakefield, Director of HRSA, saw us chatting with the Surgeon General and came over to join us.  Do you think these contacts have helped our profession?  Would they have been possible without APHA involvement and the communications and credibility we have established through the vehicle of APHA?  By the way, these three highest officials in the U.S. government health positions have all made pro-chiropractic comments in public during the past two years.  And last month again in Geneva at WHO, Surgeon General Benjamin and her staff assistant joined me and other WFC delegates for a private coffee and orange juice morning chat where we discussed future roles for chiropractors in government health programs. Active participation in APHA is essential to building bridges and developing these important relationships.

 

The annual WHO World No Tobacco Day was held on May 31.  APHA is a strong supporter of the WHO cabinet level anti-tobacco efforts.  For the past 18 months I have been a full professor at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  At my request, the university president issued a “Presidential Proclamation of Support” for No Tobacco Day and in support of WHO and Malaysian government efforts to reduce smoking.  Press releases were sent to the Malaysian media. Our chiropractic students were told about the effort in their public health lectures and reprinted the WFC CAT (Chiropractors Against Tobacco) posters plus some others from the internet and worked with our Marketing and Communications departments to set up a display in the university atrium and at other high visibility areas on campus.  It is noteworthy that although IMU is a private university and has a full medical school, pharmacy program, dental program, nursing, public health, medical technology, Chinese medicine, and several allied health degree programs, the only program that had high-profile participation in World No Tobacco Day was the chiropractic program!  But already several of the department heads of these programs have approached us about a multidisciplinary joint effort for 2012, which is wonderful.  They now know that chiropractic is not only specialized care for NMS disorders and ‘subluxation’ reduction but also primary care, and concern and expertise in broader public health efforts towards wellness.

 

So far, that is what I have done for this year.  However, please don’t say, “Nice work, Rand!”  Instead say, “What could I do to accomplish similar things?”   Then do it!  We will do well if we all contribute something!

 

Rand Baird, DC, MPH

 

CHC 2011 Membership Update

Submitted by Gerald Stevens DC, MS, MPH

Chiropractic Health Care Section Membership Chair

 

A number of efforts have been undertaken to promote and increase APHA-CHC membership. The efforts started by Drs. Baird and Egan to begin auto-enrollment of chiropractic students into the CHC section has continued. Northwestern Health Sciences University (NHSU) announced in early 2011 that students beginning their first public health class will be enrolled in the APHA-CHC. NHSU was the fourth chiropractic college to pioneer this auto-enrollment.  The students will get first hand knowledge of the APHA-CHC and its endeavors. Northwestern’s President Mark Ziegler, DC has long been a supporter of chiropractic’s involvement in the APHA. His leadership to obtain this goal was pivotal in obtaining auto enrollment. Great job Dr. Ziegler!

 

The leadership at Logan Chiropractic College was contacted via a formal letter in regard to auto-enrollment of students. Dr. John Hyland is leading this endeavor. We appreciate his efforts to make this a successful program.

 

Texas Chiropractic College leadership invited our CHC Chair, Dr. Paul Dougherty, to speak on public health, APHA, and the CHC.  This is a wonderful promotion of our section and may start the initial process to pursue auto-enrollment at TCC as well.

 

Overall, membership has remained relatively steady. We can and will do more. Promote the APHA-CHC at all your colleges to faculty and students. Any contacts that you might have at your chiropractic college that is not auto-enrolling feel free to forward them to me at gstevens@nycc.edu and the CHC leadership will check out all viable leads. By educating the value of the APHA-CHC and the importance of public health in practice at the student level, we hope to encourage more future field doctors to enroll in the APHA and our section, the CHC.

 

Gerald Stevens DC, MS, MPH

Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: www.aphabookstore.org 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA, nina.tristani@apha.org

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board

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  New

o   Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

·         Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS

·         Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

  • Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
  • School–Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

Books in Development

  • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
  • Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
  • Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition

E-Books

·         Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books

Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.

 

Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.

 

APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson. The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.

CHC Awards Committee Update

Submitted by Bart Green, DC, MSEd

Position: Chiropractic Health Care Section Awards Committee Chair

 

The Section Awards Committee had a busy start to the year and would like to update you on our activities. The Awards Committee is comprised of the CHC Section chair (Bart Green), the Section Chair (Paul Dougherty), the Section Chair-Elect (Lori Byrd), and a member at large (Rand Baird). Our first accomplishment was creating a running list of all previous Section award recipients, going back to 1993 when chiropractic members were part of the Radiological Health Section. We thank the Section members who helped us with this task. This list is important because it helps Section members nominate colleagues for the appropriate Section award without unnecessarily duplicating such an award. The list of previous recipients is now included in the call for nominations for Section awards.

 

We have also updated the awards nomination form, to make it easier for Section members to nominate colleagues for an award and distributed the nominations form very early through the Section newsletter, giving the Section’s membership ample time to bring forth nominations. Nominations for awards are due by August 15, 2011.

 

In addition to selecting the award recipients, one final piece of business for 2011 will be to change the date for nominations for awards. For some reason, the CHC Section’s deadline for nominations is the 15th of August, while most of the other sections use a date in May as their deadline. There is a good reason to have a date in May as the deadline, which is that May 31 is the last day for award recipients’ names to be submitted to the APHA office for inclusion in The Nation’s Health. CHC has missed this opportunity for 16 years, which is unfortunate. We will be submitting a request to change the date in the Section manual to May 1 so that starting in 2012 the names and photographs of our Section award winners will be published in The Nation’s Health with the other sections.

 

The Awards Committee could use the energy of one or two new members. The committee is fun and has a great purpose, which is to recognize out industrious Section members. If you have been looking for a way to become more involved in the Section, please consider the Awards Committee. Interested members may contact Awards Committee Chair Bart Green, at bngreen@aol.com.

 

Bart Green, DC, MSEd

Public Health Representation at the 2011 ACC-RAC

Submitted by Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd

Chiropractic Health Care Section Communications Chair

 

APHA Chiropractic Health Care Section members and leadership had a strong presence at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) which was held in Las Vegas,  March 17-19, 2011. The mid-year meeting was held on Saturday, March 19 during the breakfast session so that all CHC Section members and ACC RAC attendees could participate. 

 

Dr. Paul Dougherty lead a workshop on geriatrics, and Dr. Jason Napuli organized the APHA CHC Section booth and recruited CHC Section members to man the booth. Attendees who visited the booth were informed about APHA and were encouraged to join the CHC Section. There were many excellent scientific platform and poster presentations that focused on chiropractic and public health.

 

The ACC-RAC public health workshops included:

·         Fourth Annual Geriatric Symposium: The role of integrated care in Older Adults with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

o   Paul Dougherty, Stacie Lyons, Deb Weiner, Clifford Everett

 

The ACC-RAC public health-focused scientific sessions included the following platform presentations:

 

·         Immunization Status of Adult Chiropractic Patients: Analyses of National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

o   Monica Smith, Matthew Davis

 

·         Are Chiropractic Patients Less Likely to get the Flu Vaccine?

o   Matthew Davis, Monica Smith, William Weeks

 

·         The Prevalence of Swine Flu Among Chiropractic Pediatric Patients

o   Drew Rubin, Kurt Kunz

 

·         A practice-based prospective study on the incidence and prevalence of adverse events associated with pediatric chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy.

o   Joel Alcantara, Jeanne Ohm, Kurt Kunz

 

·         Burnout, depression, and alcohol use in chiropractic students

o   Sean Herrin, Darcy Vavrek

 

·         Are chiropractors adequately prepared to handle the obesity epidemic? A review

o   Catherine O'Neill

 

·         The use of sports enhancement supplements by adolescents in the United States: Analysis of national health interview survey 2007 – child alternative medicine core sample

o   Harrison Ndetan, Will Evans, Mike Perko, Ron Williams, Ron Rupert

 

·         Alberta chiropractors' opinions and practices regarding the sale of health products

o   Stacey Page, Jaroslaw Grod, Gord McMorland

 

·         Usual Source of Care for persons with and without Back Pain (MEPS data).

o   Monica Smith

 

·         A survey of wellness management strategies used by Canadian chiropractors

o   Brynne Stainsby, Peter Kim, Jason Porr, Ashley Collinge, Julie Hunter

 

·         The Association between Sensory Impairment and Functional Limitations in Balance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

o   Kim Farrar, Debra Rose

 

·         A survey of student and faculty attitudes towards geriatric wellness care

o   Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, David Sikorski, Gene Tobias

           

For those interested in submitting to the 2012 ACC RAC, the call for papers is currently open, and the deadline is Sept. 1, 2011. For more information about the ACC-RAC 2012, please email johnsondc @ aol.com or visit www.chirocolleges.org

 

Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd