Chiropractic Health Care
Section Newsletter
Winter 2006

From the Section Chair

We have all come from the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association with renewed zeal to work collaboratively with other public health providers in ensuring the public's health with evidence-based policy and practice as an effective tool which offers the necessary changes and promotes the continuity of such policy and practice from a chiropractic perspective.

We were elated with the enthusiasm and cooperation expressed by members in attendance in volunteering to work as committee chairpersons and members. The support was contagious and proved that we can work to give chiropractic a voice in this historic public health organization.

Membership will remain central to our goal, and as such enlists the overall efforts of all members to encourage participation in recruitment and retention. Our goal is to bring our membership to five hundred members prior to the next session in Boston,  Nov. 4-8, 2006.

The APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in PHILADELPHIA

The APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Phildadelphia, Dec. 10-14, 2005, was a success. It premiered a platform to discover exceptional practices, share latest research in the field, network with expert colleagues and attend the largest public health exposition in the nation. It is estimated that more than 11,000 public health professionals from around the world came together to discuss the pressing issues in public health for 2005 and the years to come. Issues that dominated much of the discussions were the impact of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes on the U.S. health care system.

This APHA 133rd Annual Meeting was especially important to the Chiropractic Health Care Section because the Section marked its 10-year anniversary. On Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, the CHC was honored by APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, and APHA President Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, during the Public Health Awards Reception and Ceremony. Congratulations to the CHC for celebrating 10 years of successes and achievements!

Highlights of this year's meeting included speeches and presentations from U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Arkansas Governor and National Governors Association Chairman Mike Huckabee and public health officials from the Gulf Coast.

The APHA & the Chiropractic Profession---10 years as Full Partners

This year, 2005, marks the 10th anniversary of the chiropractic group becoming a full-fledged section within the APHA structure.  Prior to that we had only been a Special Primary Interest Group. 

What is so special about a Chiropractic Section with APHA?  And what have these 10 years meant to our profession within APHA and our potential for the future? 

APHA is the oldest, largest, and most influential public health association in the United States -- and in the world.  For our chiropractic profession to be a part of this multi-disciplinary organization is of major significance to our profession’s recognition and visibility and enhances our communication and credibility with other health care professions and the publics we serve.  Consider the alternative:  where would we be if we were the only major health profession that was not part of APHA?

Over the past 10 years since achieving full section status at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego in 1995, the Chiropractic Health Care Section has earned full equity and parity with the other health professions. Chiropractors have served on most APHA committees and held high offices within APHA -- even on the APHA Executive Board and its policy-making Governing Council.  Our exhibit booths at APHA Annual Meetings have won awards, and our educational sessions have been widely acclaimed.  As a Section we receive a budget and are allotted seats on the APHA Governing Council and on important committees. Chiropractic is the only one of the APHA sections to have both the terms “Health,” and “Care” in its section name.

Leaders in government and health, and in health education and research, among  other health disciplines, have recognized our contributions.  APHA has been the vehicle by which our profession achieved a much greater level of integration into mainstream health care in the United States.  At one time we had no “seat at the table,” and in fact up until 1983 chiropractic was labeled by APHA as an “unscientific hazard to the health of American citizens,” and an anti-chiropractic policy was widely disseminated to leaders in government and health and to consumer groups.  However, thanks to the efforts of the chiropractic leaders within APHA, since 1983 the Association has officially recognized chiropractic as “safe and effective for neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions and particularly for low back disorders.”  Our input is now sought, and we participate in a variety of health care programs and projects at the local community, state, national and international levels thanks to our recognized expertise and status through APHA.  Where we were once excluded we are now invited and welcomed. 

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) was accepted for membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1993.  A positive recommendation by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) was a large part of the successful application by the WFC.  In that recommendation letter the contribution of chiropractic leaders working within the APHA structure and forming the Chiropractic Health Care section of APHA was cited as an example of how modern chiropractic contributes to the health care system.   

Chiropractic has had a major impact within APHA, and our active participation has had a major impact on how chiropractic is perceived in America and the world.  In fact, our work in APHA is an important part of the history of the chiropractic profession. And we will continue to have impact through and within APHA into the future.

10th Anniversary Recognition for the CHC Section


The Chiropractic Health Care Section was recognized at APHA’s Public Health Awards Reception on Sunday, Dec. 11 in Philadelphia. APHA’s Executive Director, Georges Benjamin, MD, presented a commemorative plaque to CHC Section Chair John Hyland, DC, MPH. During his acceptance speech, Dr. Hyland acknowledged the important contributions of two long-time members, and called them up onto the stage to participate in the section’s recognition.

Dr. Hyland credited Rand Baird, DC, MPH, who “was the first to recognize that chiropractors deserved a place in public health, and then worked tirelessly to obtain APHA section status.” He then recognized Mitchell Haas, MA, DC, who “organized and wrote our application for section status, and then shepherded it through the challenging process.” Both of these members continue to participate in APHA, and they contribute tremendously to the CHC Section’s visability and viability.

Chiropractic Health Care Section Announces Annual Awards

At the 133rd APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in December, the Chiropractic Health Care Section announced that three of its members were receiving Distinguished Service Awards for 2005. These awards were presented to:

• Lisa Killinger, DC. of Palmer Chiropractic College
• John Pammer, Jr., DC, DACBR
• Michael Perillo, DC, MPH

Both Dr. Killinger and Dr. Pammer are previous chairs of the Chiropractic Health Care Section and have served in various other leadership positions. Dr. Perillo did pioneer work on the model public health curriculum for chiropractic college students, for which he received a HRSA grant. In addition, a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service was bestowed upon Rand Baird, DC, MPH, by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, MPH. Dr. Baird is also a former chair of the CHC Section and one of its founders. He was again recognized for recruiting more new members to APHA than anyone else in its history. The Chiropractic Health Care Section is one of the most active disciplines within the APHA. Doctors and students of chiropractic are strongly encouraged to join APHA, which is the oldest, largest and most influential public health association in the world. There are many opportunities for public service within APHA. Get more information on the Chiropractic Health Care Section at .

New Section Officers for 2006

At the 133rd APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, which was attended by over 11,700 leaders in government and health, the Chiropractic Health Care Section announced its newly elected and appointed officers for 2006.

The officers for 2006 will be:

Chair:   Andrew Isaacs, DC

Chair-elect:  Elaine Morschhauser, DC

Past-chair:  John Hyland, DC, MPH

Secretary:  Michael Haneline, DC, MPH

Section Council: 

Ashley Cleveland, DC, MA

Karen Konarski-Hart, DC

Mitchell Haas, DC, MA                             

John Pammer, Jr., DC, DACBR

Joseph Brimhall, DC                                   

Maria Hondras, DC, MPH 

Governing Council: 

Kurt Hegetschweiler, DC

Lisa Killinger, DC                                      

Committee Chairs:

Awards: Sharon Jaeger, DC, DACBR                                                                 

Membership: Lori Byrd Spencer                     

Nominations:  John Hyland, DC, MPH, DACBR, DABCO

Program:  John Stites, DC, MPH

Publicity:  John Pammer, Jr., DC, DACBR

Resolutions:  Gerald Stevens, DC

Newsletter Editor:  Alisa Fairweather, MPH

Action Board Rep:  Christine Goertz, DC,PhD 

APHA is the oldest, largest, and most influential public health association in the United States and in the world.  All doctors of chiropractic are urged to join this important multidisciplinary organization (, and members wishing to volunteer to participate more actively can volunteer by contacting any of these APHA Chiropractic Health Care Section officers listed above.

APHA-CHC 2005 Meetings Attendees and Affiliations

Palmer College faculty/staff: Bill Meeker, Lisa Killinger, Lori Byrd Spencer, John Stites, Dana Lawrence, Irene Paulavicius

Palmer College Masters Degree in Clinical Sciences students: Ilke Schwartz, Andrea Haan, Richard Strunk

Western States Chiropractic College: Joe Brimhall, Alisa Fairweather, Mitchell Haas

Life University: Ron Kirk

Northwestern University of Health Sciences: Jason Bartlett

University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College: John Hyland

New York College of Chiropractic: Paul Dougherty, Gerald Stevens

Southern California Univ. of Health Sciences (LACC): Raheleh Khorshan

Canadian Memorial College of Chiropractic: Cameron Borody

American Specialty Health: Craig Nelson, Kurt Hegetschweiller, Steven Hilles

Private Practice/Other: Rand Baird, Sharon Jaeger, Andrew Isaacs, Judy Polipnick, Rick Branson, Mark Christiansen, John Pammer, Catherine Canty

CHC Meeting Attendees and Affiliates Pictures

Back Row (left to right): Gerald Stevens, Lisa Killinger, Lori Byrd, Richard Strunk, Andrea Haan, Steven Hilles, Sharon Jaeger, Dana Lawrence Front Row (left to right): Paul Dougherty, William Meeker, Kurt Hegetschweiller, Cameron Borody


Back Row (left to right): Mitchell Haas, Craig Nelson, Ron Kirk, Judith Polipnik, John Stites, John Hyland, Rand Baird, Andrew Isaacs Front Row (left to right): Raheleh Khorsan, Alisa Fairweather, Richard Branson, IIke Schwartz


The Chiropractic Health Care Section Call for Abstracts

The APHA Chiropractic Health Care Section invites abstracts for presentation at the 2006 Annual Meeting to be held in Boston, Nov.4-8, 2006. Topics related to this year's theme, "Public Health and Human Rights," and in all areas related to chiropractic health care, will receive high priority.

Other topics of interest include:
• Community Advancement and Professional Responsibility
• Developing Policy and Defining Practice
• Dietary Supplements: Evidence for use, interactions with foods and medicines
• Health Care Disparities and Access to Service
• Injury Care and Prevention
• Professionalism and Ethics in Chiropractic
• Public Health Education and Service in Chiropractic
• Status of Chiropractic Research

This Call for Abstracts for the APHA-CHC scientific sessions requests papers that present: Original empirical work (e.g. scientific studies, program evaluations, or organizational case studies), or noteworthy advances in methodology or analysis; innovative integrative scholarship and scientific work; programmatic reports of significant research infrastructure developments; programmatic reports of health professions curriculum developments or educational research; structured substantive policy analyses (e.g. systems-wide assessments or policy case-studies); informative reports on program or project management and development; other similarly noteworthy, innovative or informative reports and studies.

An author's paper may not have been presented or published prior to its presentation at the Annual Meeting. The abstract is limited to 250 words. The submission deadline is Feb. 13, 2006.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA Web site:
Program Planner Contact Information: John Stites, DC, DACBR ,Palmer Rock Island Clinic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 2201 11th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, Phone: (309) 786-2663

Chiropractic Researcher Published in Major Public Health Journal

Eric Hurwitz, DC, PhD, a researcher associated with UCLA and the Southern California University of the Health Sciences/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (SCUHS), was the principal author of an article published recently in the prestigious American Journal of Public Health, the journal of the American Public Health Association. The October 2005 issue of AJPH carried his article titled, “Effects of Recreational Physical Activity and Back Exercises on Low Back Pain and Psychological Distress: Findings From the UCLA Low Back Pain Study.” This is only the sixth article ever authored or co-authored by a DC to be selected for publication in this very prestigious research and professional journal, and remarkably Dr. Hurwitz was involved in four of the six.

Dr. Hurwitz was also the principal author of the first article in AJPH by a DC in 1998, and co-author and principal author of two articles in the October 2002 issue. Dr. Monica Smith was the co-author of an article by a DC to appear in AJPH in December 2002, and Dr. Mitchell Haas was co-author of another AJPH article in December 2003. Dr. Hurwitz is an active member of the Chiropractic Health Care  Section and is currently serving a three-year term as one its Section Councilors.  APHA, with its 50,000+ members, is the oldest, largest, and most influential public health association in the world. Doctors and students of chiropractic are strongly encouraged to join APHA. More information can be found at the APHA Web site at

Chiropractic and its Role in Meeting the Healthy People 2010 Goals and Objectives

Chiropractors care for patients with Musculoskeletal and Back Conditions, which addresses the following HP 2010 Goals:
• Prevent illness and disability related to arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic back conditions.
• Reduce the overall number of cases of osteoporosis from 10 percent to 8 percent by 2010.
• Reduce the proportion of adults aged 65 and older who are hospitalized for vertebral fractures associated with osteoporosis from 17.5 per 10,000 to 14 per 10,000 by 2010.

Chiropractors care about overall Health and Wellness, which addresses the following HP 2010 Goals:
 • To increase the proportion of older adults who have participated during the preceding year in at least one organized health promotion activity.
• Reduce the proportion of adults who are obese.
• Reduce cigarette smoking by adults.
• Increase smoking cessation attempts by adults.

Chiropractors can talk to their patients about: Injury Prevention, which addresses the following HP 2010 Goals:
• Increase use of safety belts to 92 percent of the total population.
• Reduce deaths from falls to 2.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
• Reduce hip fractures among older adults to 491.0 fractures per 100,000 females aged 65 years and older and to 450.5 fractures per 100,000 males aged 65 years and older.

Chiropractors can recommend and encourage: Physical Activity, which addresses the following HP 2010 Goals
•Decrease the proportion of adults who engage in no leisure-time physical activity from 40 percent to 20 percent in 2010.
• Increase the proportion of adults who engage regularly, preferably daily, in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day from 15 percent to 30 percent by 2010.
• Increase the proportion of adults who engage in vigorous physical activity that promotes cardiorespiratory fitness three or more days per week for 20 or more minutes per occasion from 23 percent to 30 percent by 2010.
• Increase the proportion of adults who perform physical activities that enhance and maintain muscular strength and endurance from 18 percent to 30 percent by 2010. • Increase the proportion of adults who perform physical activities that enhance and maintain flexibility from 30 percent to 43 percent.

Chiropractors can talk to their patients about: Nutrition, which addresses the following HP 2010 Goals:
• Increase the proportion of physician office visits made by patients with a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hyperlipidemia that include counseling or education related to diet and nutrition from 42 percent to 75 percent in 2010.
• Increase the proportion of people aged 2 years and older who consume at least three daily servings of vegetables, with at least one third being dark green or deep yellow vegetables, from 3 percent to 50 percent by 2010.
• Increase the proportion of people aged 2 years and older who consume no more than 30 percent of calories from fat from 33 percent to 75 percent in 2010.
• Increase the proportion of people aged 2 years and older who meet dietary recommendations for calcium from 46 percent to 75 percent in 2010.

APHA Chiropractic Health Care Section Trivial Pursuit 10th Anniversary Edition

1. In what year did the Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) group attain section status within APHA?

2. Where was the APHA conference the year that the Chiropractic Health Care Section was born?

3. What leader in the CHC served a term as the Chair of the Intersectional Council?

4. In what year did the CHC win 1st prize for their collaborative booth, along with the Vision Care, Podiatry and Oral Health Sections?

5. What popular booth give-away has been a mainstay at the CHC booth over the years?

6. Which surgeon general of the United States was introduced by a CHC leader at the 2001 APHA conference?

7. A member of which section received a watch from APHA in 2003 for recruiting more members into APHA than any other individual in the history of the organization?

8. From what disease was Dr. Mitch Haas suffering when he introduced the motion at the Governing Council to form the APHA Chiropractic Health Care section in 1995?

9. Who was the assistant surgeon general that inquired about the Chiropractic soon to be section’s position on immunization?

10. Name 3 of the 6 authors of the original application to form the Chiropractic Health Care section?

11. Name the 3 most recent APHA themes, including 2005.

12. In what city did the APHA-CHC celebrate its 5th year as a section?

13. Who was the only DC to serve on the APHA Executive Board?

14. Who was/were the first DCs to author an article in AJPH?

15. Who was the first DC to have a "Letter to the Editor" published in AJPH and in the Nation’s Health newspaper?

16. Who were the DCs to testify and introduce a pro-chiropractic resolution to supercede APHA's anti-chiropractic policy at the APHA committee hearings in 1982 in Montreal?

17. Who were the co-authors of the document used as the application for section status in 1995?

18. Who spoke at the Governing Council on behalf of the section application?

19. Who was first CHC Section Chair?

20. Who was first elected CHC Section chair?

21. Who was first woman to serve as CHC section chair?

22. What is unique about the CHC section’s name, compared with all other APHA sections?

23. Who chose the Section name of CHC?

24. Who was first DC ever to serve on any APHA Committee?

25. Who was the first APHA President to speak publicly at an APHA Annual Meeting in favor of chiropractic membership & chiro. care?

26. In the earlier years of chiropractic involvement in APHA, what section had the most DC members?

27. Who was the first Chair of the SPIG---Chiropractic Forum?

28. Which APHA chiropractors have received "Distinguished Service Awards" from sections other than the CHC section?

29. Who was first DC to serve in the Governing Council?

30. Who was the only non-DC to receive the CHC distinguished Service Award?

1-10 correct: Good: You did better than the 50,000 DCs who didn’t show up!
11-20 correct: Congrats! You know just enough CHC trivia to be dangerous!
21-25 correct: You are a true CHC insider!
26-30: Now that’s just scary! Thanks for being there through the years!

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