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Chiropractic Health Care
Section Newsletter
Spring 2010

Public Health was the Theme for the 2010 ACC-RAC



Submitted by Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd

Chiropractic Health Care Section Communications Chair


APHA Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section members and leadership had an outstanding presence at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) which was held in Las Vegas, March 19-20. The mid-year meeting was held on Saturday, March 20 during the breakfast session so that all CHC members and ACC RAC attendees could participate. 


Dr. Paul Dougherty introduced the keynote speaker, APHA Executive Director, Dr. Georges Benjamin, who started the conference off on a very positive note. Dr. Jason Napuli organized the APHA CHC booth and recruited CHC 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 as well as workshops that focused on chiropractic and public health.


The ACC-RAC public health workshops included:

·         Back and Spinal Pain: a Public Health Priority by Drs. Will Evans, Jason Bartlett, Paul Dougherty, and Rick Branson.

·         How to Become a Community Health Leader by Drs. Rod Floyd, Will Evans, Georgina Pearson, and Michael Ramcharan.

·         Taking Care of Our Geriatric Population by Drs. Paul Dougherty, Cheryl Hawk, and Lisa Killinger.


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

·         A survey of the public perception of chiropractic and chiropractic spinal screenings

o        David Russell, Kelly Holt, Heidi Haavik Taylor, George Ellis, Richard Kashmiri

·         The role of chiropractors in identifying and reporting non-accidental injuries in children

o        Mark Pfefer, Stephan Cooper

·         Empowering Impoverished People in Health Promotion Focusing on Intrinsic Community Assets

o        Ron Kirk

·         Qualitative analysis of the composition of the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette

o        Dwain Daniel, Xiaohua Cai, Harold Fick

·         An epidemiological study on metabolic abnormality and carotid IMT in Chinese children from Yueyang City

o        Xiao-Yue Wang, Liang Zhang, Hong-Hui Zhu, Xin-Min Yan, Xiang-Lin Liu, Yu-Ping Li, Chao Hua Yao, Qiong Sun

·         Teaching Public Health: An Experiential Approach

o        Kara Burnham

·         The Status of Mental Health in Chiropractic Schools in the United States

o        Lisa Rubin, Danielle Holtman

·         Nutrition services in the chiropractic college clinic: a review of literature and survey results

o        Cynthia Lund

·         The status of health insurance for students enrolled in a Chiropractic Curriculum

o        Marni Capes

·         A Study of the Effectiveness of Table Disinfection Protocols in the Clinics of a Chiropractic College

o        Georgina Pearson, Paula Robinson, Gene Giggleman, Ronald Rupert, Tracy Stark

·         Survey of student perceived discomfort while wearing contact lenses in the gross anatomy laboratory

o        Everett Johnson

·         Implementation of Chiropractic Care in the Long Term Setting: A Pilot Study through a Chiropractic College and the Volunteers of America

o        Jodell Skaufel, Cara Borggren, Kristine Westrom, Roni Evans

·         Interests, Activities, and Concerns Within a Focus Group of Adult Senior Members in a University Sponsored Senior Program

o        Stephanie Sullivan, Jennifer Fisher  

·         Assessment of Today's Modern Day Senior Population: A Critical Need For "Fall and Injury Prevention"

o        Joseph Haezebrouck

·         Falls risk profile of elderly chiropractic patients    

o        Kelly Holt, Paul Noone, Krystal  Short, Heidi Haavik Taylor

·         Assessment of Students' Perceptions After the Implementation of a Geriatrics Case Studies Seminar Elective Course       

o        Cara Borggren, Michael Wiles

·         Standardized Geriatric Patients are Associated with Increased Novice Student Confidence Levels Taking Health Histories

o        Paul J. Osterbauer, Katie Burns Ryan


For those interested in submitting to the 2011 ACC RAC, the call for papers is currently active, and the deadline is Sept. 1, 2010. For more information about the ACC-RAC 2011, please visit

2010 CHC Program Now Posted


Submitted by Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd

Chiropractic Health Care Section Communications Chair


The upcoming 2010 APHA Chiropractic Health Care program looks to be possibly the best program we have had so far. This is especially wonderful timing since the CHC will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this year!  Here is the tentative schedule for the 2010 program:


3017.0 Educational challenges: Public health, social justice and the chiropractic student

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010: 8:30 a.m.

A critical review of chiropractic through the lens of social justice

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

Chiropractic educational institutions: Opportunities for social justice

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

Are patients receiving health promotion advice in the teaching clinic setting? An assessment of one teaching clinic

Marion Willard Evans, DC, PhD, CHES, Harrison T. Ndetan, MSc, MPH, DrPH, Greg Page, DC, Danile Martinez, MA, DC, Patricia Brandon, DC, Dwain Daniel, DC and Ronald Rupert, MS, DC

Changing the Health Promotion Behavior of Future Chiropractors – Application of Health Behavior Theories

Harrison T. Ndetan, MSc, MPH, DrPH, Marion Willard Evans, DC, PhD, CHES, Ronald Rupert, MS, DC and Michael Ramcharan, DC

Inviting Our Elders In: A Novel Approach to Enhancing Geriatric Education

Lisa Killinger, DC


3105.0 Evolving concepts in public health and clinical practice

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010: 10:30 a.m.

Public Health Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease: The potential role of the chiropractic profession

Paul Dougherty, DC and Dorian Savino, MPA

Consensus process to develop a “best practices” document for chiropractic care for older adults

Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES, Michael Schneider, DC, PhD Assistant Professor, Paul Dougherty, DC, Brian Gleberzon, DC and Lisa Z. Killinger, DC

Evidence for CAM Healthcare Options: The ECHO pilot project

Maria A. Hondras, DC MPH, Cynthia R. Long, PhD, Lori Byrd, BA, Robert D. Vining, DC, Greg Boyer, BS, Lynne Carber, MPM, Nicole Homb, DC, Ying Cao, MS, Lance Corber, BA, MSITM, Joel Edman, DSc, Daniel Monti, MD and Christine Goertz, DC, PhD

Guidelines for physical activity for individuals with scoliosis

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

Anterior nares colonization with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among chiropractic students: An observational cohort study and epidemiologic survey protocol

Jonathon Todd Egan, DC, MPH


3198.0 Health Policy, Practice and Regulation

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010: 12:30 p.m.

Re-analysis of budget neutrality of the Medicare Chiropractic Services Demonstration

James Whedon, DC

Chiropractic Role In The World Health Organization's Effort Against Tobacco Use

Medhat Alattar, MBBCh,DC, MS

Development and expansion of a global public health promotion effort by chiropractors

John K. Hyland, DC MPH and Ron Kirk, MA, DC

Ensuring the validity of regulatory testing for chiropractic professionals: NBCE's Practice Analysis 2010

Mark G. Christensen, PhD, Martin W. Kollasch, DC and John K. Hyland, DC MPH

Performance evaluation of clinical competency for chiropractic practice: The spectrum of decision-making and interdisciplinary cooperation

Judi Gerstung, DC and Margaret Seron, DC


3300.0 Research: Current status and updates I

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010: 2:30 p.m.

Clinician-friendly outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for the treatment of cervicogenic Headache

Mitchell Haas, DC, Michael Schneider, DC, PhD Assistant Professor and Darcy Vavrek, ND, MS

Chiropractic treatment of pregnancy-related low back pain: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Caroline Peterson, DC, CPM, PhD, MPH

Migraine subjects from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for the treatment of cervicogenic headache

Darcy Vavrek, ND, MS, Mitchell Haas, DC and David Peterson, DC

Disparate use of health services in minority youth with back pain – MEPS data

Krista L. Ward, DC, MPH and Monica Smith, DC, PhD

Analysis of MEPS data to discern the chronicity of back pain in young people

Monica Smith, DC, PhD


3388.0 Interdisciplinary approaches to improve health care

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010: 4:30 p.m.

Scope of Chiropractic Care in an Underserved Community

Gene S. Tobias, PhD, DC, Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS (Ayu), MAOM and David M. Sikorski, DC

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Addressing Rural Health Disparities via the Formation of the Integrative Health and Wellness Network of the Rural Finger Lakes: The Planning Stage

Gerald L. Stevens, DC , MS, MPH

A community-based and evidence-based approach to the management of low back pain: Preliminary report of outcomes data

Ian Paskowski, DC and Michael Schneider, DC, PhD Assistant Professor

Trends in interdisciplinary referrals to and from chiropractors: CAM and mainstream providers

John K. Hyland, DC MPH

Chiropractic management in a veteran population. Can outcomes be predicted?

Jason G. Napuli, DC, MBA, Paul Dougherty, DC and David Chicione


This will be a very exciting program. Please be sure to register and attend the conference so that you can help celebrate our 15th anniversary!

APHA Initiatives on Transportation and Public Health

As we all appreciate, our health is profoundly affected by our transportation decisions and options. Limited opportunities for physical activity, higher exposure to poor air quality, higher incidences of adult and childhood obesity and greater prevalence of asthma and cardiovascular disease are a few of the inequities brought by poor transportation policies.


As part of our effort to enhance crosscutting activity and knowledge among various APHA members and sections, APHA is developing advocacy materials and helpful information related to the links between transportation and public health. If anyone is interested in learning more about this initiative, sharing success stories or lessons learned, or establishing a new Forum on Transportation and Public Health, please reach out to us!


Interested members are asked to contact Eloisa Raynault at