Chiropractic Health Care
Section Newsletter
Spring 2009

Chiropractic Colleges and Professional Organizations Celebrate National Public Health Week

Chiropractic colleges and chiropractic professional organizations celebrated National Public Health Week in a variety of ways large and small. From a global point of view, the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) published a variety of announcements and encouraged member organizations and colleges to support and participate in NPHW. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the largest chiropractic professional association in the world, signed on months in advance as an official partner and widely publicized NPHW throughout their media. Additionally, Dynamic Chiropractic, the most widely read chiropractic trade publication, featured many articles and announcements in support of NPHW.

Several chiropractic colleges had a variety of NPHW activities. At Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa, a variety of informational booths, banners, posters, and other activities were used to educate students about National Public Health Week. Palmer Chiropractic Clinics produced a large banner in support of NPHW to inform students, faculty, and patients about the week. Palmer College also celebrated the opening of a free clinic for low-income and indigent members of the community in partnership with the Salvation Army in downtown Moline. The Open House took place on April 6.

 At Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) in Portland, Ore., three days of events were held for NPHW, co-sponsored by the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) Chiropractic Section and the WSCC Business Club. A discussion panel was held to kick off the events featuring three exciting speakers, including WSCC Dean of Research Mitch Haas, DC, a founding member of the Chiropractic Health Care Section and former APHA Executive Board member. Dr. Haas discussed the history of APHA and the value of participation for chiropractors. Dr. Sean Herrin, chair of the Chiropractic Section of OPHA, introduced students to OPHA and APHA. Dr. Dave Corll, chiropractor in private practice and chair of the Peer Review Committee for the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, introduced students to billing codes for services related to public health. Events on other days included information about assisting patients with weight loss by Ann Goldeen, DC, a chiropractor in private practice in Astoria, and a “Walk for the Health of It” for the campus community. For more information about these WSCC events, contact Alisa Fairweather at (503) 251-5786 or afairweather@wschiro.edu. (See related article in this newsletter)

At New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y., students serving as interns within a Veterans Administration outpatient clinic focused on infection control in a patient setting. Evidence-based sanitizing measures were discussed, with a special focus on handwashing before and after every patient contact to break the chain of contagion. Both students and patients were informed that extra care was being taken to reinforce proper handwashing procedures in honor of NPHW.

Cleveland Chiropractic College’s Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses conducted several educational activities in recognition of NPHW. Presentations and activities included: a smoking cessation presentation with Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD; a discussion of public health and the legislative process by Nicole Heim, associate director of the Kansas Public Health Association; a presentation on the value of a healthy diet with Dr. Dan Redwood, associate professor and editor in chief of Health Insights Today, a Web newsletter; a “Biggest Loser” weight-loss contest with a prize of a membership at a YMCA gym; and a luncheon hosted by the Student American Chiropractic Association. Additionally, Rich King, a student on the Kansas City campus and president of the campus Public Health Club, has been named Student Section Chairman of the Kansas Public Health Association. He will provide the voice of all students represented in the association during his one-year term. For more information about these Cleveland Chiropractic College events, please contact Alan Morgan at (913) 234 0713. (See related article in this newsletter)

Around the country and around the world, chiropractors observed NPHW, standing with mainstream public health advocates to improve the health of individuals and communities.

John Stites, DC, Chair of the Chiropractic Health Care Section of APHA, stands next to a banner created by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics to publicize National Public Health Week. Photo courtesy Palmer Marketing Department.

 

 

Dr. Paul Barlett, Cleveland Chiropractic College academic dean, weighs in for the “Biggest Loser” contest. The event, sponsored by the Cleveland Chiropractic College Public Health Club, was part of the College’s National Public Health Week activities. Photo courtesy CCC Office of Communications.

Nicole Heim, associate director of the Kansas Public Health Association, speaks to a Cleveland Chiropractic College class about the legislative process and how it relates to public health. Photo courtesy Cleveland Chiropractic College Office of Communications.

An expert panel on public health speaks to a Cleveland Chiropractic College Public Health II class. Members of the panel were (seated l-r) Dr. Cheryl Hawk, vice president of research and scholarship; Cathy Evans, research coordinator; Dr. Michael Mitchael, instructor; and Irv Cohen, MD. Dr. Will Evans (far left), dean of graduate studies, served as moderator. Photo courtesy Cleveland Chiropractic College Office of Communications.

ACC-RAC Call for Papers

The theme for the 2010 ACC-RAC conference is “Public Health.” Due date for submissions is Sept. 1, 2009. For questions about the ACC-RAC conference, please contact Dr. Claire Johnson at johnsondc@aol.com .

CCCKC student named to KPHA post

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rich King, a student at Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City (CCKC), has been named Student Section chair by the Kansas Public Health Association. King, who is president of CCCKC's Public Health Club, will serve a one-year term.

 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in promoting health in the state of Kansas and to interject a chiropractic point of view into the process,” King said. “I’m really excited to represent Cleveland and the chiropractic profession.”

Richard King

 

King believes that this experience will help him in his chiropractic career.

 

“I hope to have a health and wellness based practice when I graduate, so I imagine I will be working closely with my state public health association, and this is an opportunity to become familiar with how things work,” he said.

 

In his position King hopes to consistently promote the chiropractic perspective, emphasizing healthy living through lifestyle, diet and exercise. He also plans to help raise awareness of how chiropractic care can help with biomechanics, balance, injury prevention and recovery, and overall health.

 

As a future chiropractor, King believes that it is crucial for doctors of chiropractic to hold positions such as this one.

 

“The only way we will be represented in the state and national conversation about health care and wellness is if we get involved wherever possible,” King said. “No one is going to come to us, looking for opinions or sound bites. We have to crash the party and make ourselves heard.”

 

Founded in 1922 by the Cleveland family, Cleveland Chiropractic College is recognized as a major chiropractic institution, holding both specialized and regional accreditation. The Cleveland postgraduate programs attract doctors from around the globe for educational seminars. Led by Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III as president, a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic and grandson of the college founders, Cleveland Chiropractic College is an independent, not-for-profit multi-campus institution of higher education with a mission focused on education, scholarship and service. The college maintains campuses in Kansas City and Los Angeles. More information on the college can be found at www.cleveland.edu.

National Public Health Week 2009 at Western States Chiropractic College

In recognition of National Public Health Week 2009, Western States Chiropractic College hosted some events organized by the Oregon Public Health Association Chiropractic Section.  The WSCC Business Club co-sponsored the events. 

On Wednesday, April 8, there was a panel discussion titled “What is Public Health and How Can It Help My Practice?”  Mitch Haas, DC, dean of research at Western States, started the discussion with an overview and history of chiropractic’s involvement in APHA. Sean Herrin, DC, assistant professor at Western States and chair of the Chiropractic Section of the Oregon Public Health Association, moderated the discussion as well as participated in it by giving examples of the types of health promotion and wellness services that can be incorporated into a chiropractor’s business.  David Corll, DC, Western States graduate and the chair of the Peer Review Committee for the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, gave students some insight about how to bill for health promotion services. Dr. Corll has a private practice in Wilsonville, Ore. Students had many questions, especially about the billing aspect, and invited Dr. Corll to come back for follow-up discussions through the Business Club.

 

On Thursday, April 9, Ann Goldeen, DC, a Western States graduate who has a private practice in Astoria, Ore., spoke about her very popular and successful weight loss program that she provides for her patients and other members of her community.  She demonstrated to the students exactly what worked and what didn’t in terms of providing weight loss counseling to her patients over the past 25 years. The students got some insight into how her 12-week, small group program was initiated and how it has flourished and garnered interest over the years. Students also got some tips on where to find good information about obesity and the health issues that are associated with it.

 

On Friday, April 10, a group activity “Walk for the Health of It” wrapped up the week’s events with a 30-minute brisk walk around the neighborhood surrounding Western States Chiropractic College.

 

For more information, contact Alisa Fairweather at (503) 251-5786 or afairweather@wschiro.edu.

Cleveland Chiropractic College Celebrates NPHW

In an effort to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, Cleveland Chiropractic College’s Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses conducted several educational activities in recognition of National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 6-12. Established in 1995, the goal of NPHW is to promote overall health and to examine issues that are crucial to improving the health of the general public. This year’s theme was “Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.”

 

Thought-provoking and informative activities were planned for NPHW on both campuses as the College continues to help its students and employees achieve good health. These activities represent the College’s focus on health, including the upcoming launch of a new degree program, a Master of Science in Health Promotion.

 

Presentations and activities included the following: a smoking cessation presentation; a discussion of public health and the legislative process; a presentation on the value of a healthy diet; a “Biggest Loser” weight-loss contest; and a luncheon hosted by the Student American Chiropractic Association that included distribution of a health quiz.

 

Kansas City Provost Dr. Ashley Cleveland noted that “Cleveland Chiropractic College has a pool of talent in the areas of health promotion and health education that is deep and rich, so we were able to plan for a smoking cessation session led by Dr. Cheryl Hawk, vice president of research and scholarship, and a nutrition session led by Dr. Dan Redwood, associate professor and editor in chief of Health Insights Today, a Web newsletter. These were offered over the lunch hour so that employees and students could attend and get help to change these critical health behaviors.”

 

She added, “We made a conscious effort this year to focus on encouraging our employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle.” The College challenged its employees to exercise for the recommended

30 minutes a day for five days a week. Those who did so were entered in a raffle to win one month’s membership at the Cleveland Chiropractic College YMCA Express Fitness Center. Instructor John McGlaughlin was the winner.

 

“The theme of this year’s National Public Health Week was a perfect fit for us because we truly believe that we are educating doctors who can transform the health of individuals and communities with chiropractic care, health promotion and lifestyle changes” Cleveland said.

 

Donna Sapiandante, Student Council president in Los Angeles, agreed saying that the focus on NPHW makes sense because it is “intimately integrated with our profession.”

 

Dr. Will Evans, dean of graduate studies and director of the Health Promotion degree program, was pleased with the week’s activities.

 

“We were able to host several events including lectures and panels on health promotion topics," Evans said. "It was an opportunity for us to showcase how chiropractic plays a significant role in promotion of health.”

 

Additional evidence of the College’s commitment to health arrived with the announcement that Rich King, a student on the Kansas City campus and president of the campus' Public Health Club, has been named Student Section Chairman of the Kansas Public Health Association. He will provide the voice of all students represented in the association during his one-year term.

 

Founded in 1922 by the Cleveland family, Cleveland Chiropractic College is recognized as a major chiropractic institution, holding both specialized and regional accreditation. The Cleveland postgraduate programs attract doctors from around the globe for educational seminars. Led by Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III as president, a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic and grandson of the college founders, Cleveland Chiropractic College is an independent, not-for-profit multi-campus institution of higher education with a mission focused on education, scholarship and service. The college maintains campuses in Kansas City and Los Angeles. More information on the college can be found at www.cleveland.edu.

 

Interested in policy and news in the world of chiropractic?

Check out chirovoice.org!  This is the database system the ACA is using to notify chiropractors, chiropractic students, patients, etc. when to take action. A monthly, patient-oriented newsletter goes out as well. The past newsletters and posters are available at the site as well.

Bone and Joint Decade Global Network Conference 2009

The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade will host the annual Bone and Joint Decade Global Network Conference in 2009. This meeting brings together the representatives from each of the countries that have formed National Action Networks, as well as the leadership of the organizations that make up the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade National Action Network.

The program consists of a two-day Patient Advocacy Meeting, Oct. 21-22, and the Global Network Conference, Oct. 23-24, a two-day education and strategic planning meeting for health care providers, patients, patient advocates, government officials, and industry. The meeting will highlight the significant burden of disease posed by musculoskeletal conditions and why raising awareness and engaging in advocacy are important means to advance prevention and treatment.

For more information visit: http://www.usbjd.org/projects/project_op.cfm?dirID=267

During the 2009 WFC,  Drs. Rand Baird and Paul Dougherty met with APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, Toby King, executive director of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss several issues, including having APHA endorse the USBJD and also improving awareness of the public health problem of musculoskeletal disease. The meeting was very positive, and it appears that there are some possibilities for the CHC Section of APHA to take a leadership role in addressing the public health issue of musculoskeletal pain.

News from Dr. Auerbach

Dr. Gary Auerbach was asked by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, to compose a letter to President Obama concerning the tobacco treaty.  He shares a draft of the letter here:

March 29, 2009

 

Mr. President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, DC                                          

 

Mr. President:

 

On behalf of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world, dedicated to protecting all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious, health threats and assuring community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities, I write in support of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a health treaty passed by the World Health Organization in 2003.

The American Public Health Association and the other co-signors on this letter ask you to please review the FCTC and to pass it to the Senate for their consideration for ratification.

The FCTC is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. It is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.

 

It is well established by international scientific evidence that smoking tobacco, the use of other tobacco products, and exposure to second-hand smoke are among the most serious and pervasive but preventable threats to individual and public health.

 

The World Health Organization is responding to this threat by establishing a program of action known as the Tobacco Free Initiative including the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The spread of the tobacco epidemic is facilitated through a variety of complex factors with cross-border effects, including trade liberalization and direct foreign investment. Other factors such as global marketing, transnational tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the international movement of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes have also contributed to the explosive increase in tobacco use. The FCTC commits nations to ban tobacco advertising, and promotion; place large, graphic health warnings on cigarette packs; raise tobacco taxes; and protect people from secondhand smoke.

 

On February 27, 2005, a momentous achievement occurred in global tobacco control: Garnering its 40th ratification, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) became international law.

On November 8, 2005, the same movement experienced a disappointing setback: The United States, the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world had failed to ratify the FCTC. While the rest of the world moves forward with the FCTC, it is unclear whether the United States will take part. The United States signed the treaty in 2004, indicating its general support, but the Administration had not taken the next step of forwarding the FCTC to the United States Senate for consideration as is required by the constitution.  A two-thirds majority approval by the Senate is necessary for the U.S. to ratify the treaty and become a voting member of the FCTC’s international governing body.

According to Laurent Huber, Director of the Framework Convention Alliance, the FCTC currently has 161 Parties (160 countries + the EU). These 161 Parties are legally bound by the FCTC.  168 countries including the US are signatories to the treaty, although signing does not legally bind countries. By not ratifying the FCTC the United States will relinquish any role in critical policy decisions related to the treaty and will take a back seat in addressing the global tobacco epidemic, the leading preventable cause of death in America today.

Therefore, the American Public Health Association and the other co-signors on this letter ask you to please review the FCTC and to pass it to the Senate for consideration of ratification.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus)

Executive Director

GA/GCB

 

cc:  Health and Human Services Secretary Senator Tom Daschle

       Chief of Staff of Secretary of HHS Bill Core

 

 

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 

http://www.fctc.org/~fctcorg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=27

 

Full list of Signatories and Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

World Health Organization, 2008

http://www.who.int/fctc/signatories_parties/en/index.html

 

Co-signors
Action on Smoking or Health
American Academy
of Family Physicians
American Association of Respiratory Care American Cancer Society

American Chiropractic Association
American College of Cardiology
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Medical Association
American Medical Student Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Thoracic Society
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Asian Services In Action, Inc.
Association for Nonsmokers-MN
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Black Network In Children's Emotional Health California Tobacco Control Alliance
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Center for Communications, Health and the Environment Center for International Environmental Law Center for Tobacco Cessation
Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii
COMMIT for a Tobacco Free Whatcom County Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America CorpWatch
Corporate Accountability International
Council for Responsible Public Investment Development Group for Alternative Policies Essential Action
Foreign Policy In Focus
General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church Global Citizen Center
Global Exchange
Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy National Association of Local Boards of Health National Latino Council on Alcohol & Tobacco Prevention National Research Center for Women & Families Ohlone College Student Health Center
Oncology Nursing Society
REAL: Hawaii Youth Movement Against the Tobacco Industry Roswell Park Cancer Institute
San Francisco African American Tobacco Free Project San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Society for Public Health Education
Solano County Tobacco Education Coalition SPEAK EZ'n SLO
Swan Valley Community Support Network
Students Taking a New Direction
Strategic Vision Group
Tobacco Control Law & Policy Consulting Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition, Inc.
University of Hawai'i Community Partnership for Health and Fresh Air

 

Dr. Auerbach also attended meetings of the World Health Organization in Geneva as a representative of WFC with Dr. Medhat Alattar.  He sent a photo from the plenary session in Geneva!

Help Make America the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

Let’s face it – as a nation we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. Compared to other developed nations, we’re lagging far behind. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in just one generation.

As a central component of this year’s National Public Health Week observance, APHA launched an exciting, new viral video campaign. The Healthiest Nation in One Generation video tells the story of the many ways that public health touches our lives. Nearly 25,000 people have already viewed the video online, and the numbers continue to grow each day. If you haven’t checked out the video, watch it today and be sure to share it with your colleagues, family and friends. And stay informed by visiting www.generationpublichealth.org – National Public Health Week 2009 is over, but our campaign to make America the healthiest nation in one generation is just beginning…

 We all have to do our part. What will you do?

Survey on Control of Communicable Diseases

APHA wants to know your opinion on whether you would use an online version of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.  Help us by taking a survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=53858582nfNS699PLteHvg_3d_3d. We appreciate your input.

Public Health CareerMart -- More Than 1,000 Jobs Listed!

APHA has created the Public Health CareerMart to be the online career resource center in the field of public health.  Here, you’ll find only qualified, industry professionals.

 

Job seekers, instead of searching through hundreds of sites looking for the perfect jobs in public health, you will find it all at the Public Health CareerMart Career Development Center at www.apha.org/about/careers.

Employers, instead of being inundated with stacks of unrelated, irrelevant resumes, you’re much more likely to find the candidates with the skills and experience you’re looking for — and spend less time doing it!  After all, where better to find the best public health professionals than the association that represents them? 

 

Public Health CareerMart  is a member of the National Healthcare Career Network.

New Book On Disability Studies

"Disability and Public Health," published by APHA, is now available. The publication is an important and overdue contribution to the core curriculum of disability studies in public health education. It is a particularly timely book because, as our nation ages, disability is an increasingly significant interdisciplinary area of study and service domain in public health. Visit the APHA online bookstore at www.aphabookstore.org/ . APHA members can also take advantage of a 30 percent member discount whether ordering online or via our toll-free number, (888) 320-2742.

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Manual

APHA is proud to annouce the release of "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners". This manual provides public health professionals with information, skills and tools needed to conduct screening and brief intervention (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use.  Download the manual for free: www.apha.org/programs/additional/progaddNHTSI.htm.