Chiropractic Health Care
Section Newsletter
Winter 2009

Chiropractic Health Care Represented at APHA Annual Meeting


Twenty-one Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section members represented the chiropractic profession at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Oct. 25-29, 2008, by staffing the Section's booth in the exhibit hall. The booth included a poster of recent chiropractic related public health publications, the public health issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT, chiropractic health related handouts from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA, materials from the Bone and Joint Decade (, and other chiropractic related materials. Hundreds of APHA attendees visited the booth and participated in an Osteoporosis Risk Questionnaire and were offered a safety checklist to help prevent falls in and around the home.


Chiropractic Health Care section representatives who served as chiropractic representatives at the 2008 APHA booth included: Rand Baird, DC, MPH; Jason Bartlett, DC; Kara Burnham, PhD; Lori Byrd, BA; Elaine Cooperstein, DC; Karol A. Donaubauer, DC; Andrew S. Dunn, DC, MEd, MS; Paul Dougherty,DC ; Jonathon Egan, DC, MPH;  Bart Green, DC, MSEd; Michael Haneline, DC, MPH; Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd; John Mosby, DC, MD; Harrison T. Ndetan, MSc, MPH; Joel Notick; John Pammer, DC; Mary Pfeifer, DC; Irene N. Paulavicius, MA; Michael Ramcharan, DC; Gary Schultz, DC; and John Stites, DC.


A View of the Booth

Section Election Results!!


Chiropractic Health Care Section Officers for 2009 will be:
      (terms expire after Annual Meeting in the year listed)
Chair:            John Stites, DC, DACBR         (2009)
Chair-elect:    Paul Dougherty, DC, DABCO   (2009)
Past-chair:     Elaine Cooperstein, DC          (2009)
Secretary:     Alisa Fairweather, MPH          (2009)

Section Council:   
Jonathon Todd Egan, DC, MPH    (2009)                  
Lori Byrd Spencer, BA                (2009)                   
Gerald Stevens, DC,  MS, MPH    (2010)                  
M. Will Evans, DC, MA, PhD        (2010)                   
Jason Bartlett, DC                    (2011)                   
Rod Floyd, DC, DrPH, MSPH        (2011)

Governing Council:   
Mitchell Haas, DC, MA             (2009)
Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedED   (2010) 
Committee Chairs:

Awards:        Gerald Stevens, DC, MS, MPH     (2009)                
Membership:  Jonathon Egan, DC, MPH            (2009)
Nominations:  Alisa Fairweather, MPH              (2009)
Program:      Dana Lawrence , DC, MMedEd   (2009)      Resolutions:     Mitchell Haas, DC, MA           (2009)
Section Manual:  Mitchell Haas, DC, MA         (2009)
Communications:  Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd, PhD (cand) (2009)

Others (under Communications Committee):
DC Column Editor:     Rand Baird, DC, MPH      (no exp.)
Web Site Coordinator:  Raheleh Khorsan, MA       (2009)
Exhibit Booth:        Jason G. Napuli, DC, MBA  (2009)
Newsletter Editor:    Kara Burnham, PhD         (2009)

Intersectional Council (ISC):   
Elaine Cooperstein, DC        (2009)
John Stites, DC, DACBR        (2010)
Paul Dougherty, DC, DABCO     (2011)

Action Board Rep:
Bonnie Hillsberg, DC, MHA (2010)

Chiropractors Recognized for Outstanding Service to CHC Section

Three chiropractors received awards recognizing their dedication, enthusiasm, and prominent contributions to the Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section at the APHA Annual meeting in San Diego, Oct. 25-29, 2008,


The first Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Rand Baird, DC, MPH, who is a founding father of the CHC Section and for over 33 years has promoted public health nationally and worldwide. He actively recruits a large number of new CHC members each year and has been recognized for recruiting more new APHA members than anyone else in APHA history. He has held almost every position in the CHC Section and has demonstrated outstanding leadership.


The Distinguished Service Award for 2008 was presented to Elaine Cooperstein, DC, who has been a member of the CHC Section of APHA for over 12 years and for the last two years has filled the role of CHC Section chair. She masterfully handled her duties during her two-term tenure as chair and has demonstrated exemplary performance spanning numerous years.


The new Rising Star Award was given to Jonathon Egan, DC, MPH, a highly motivated and active younger member who contributed significantly to Section activities and improvements. He has written a number of articles for Dynamic Chiropractic and displayed leadership by serving as the membership chair and Section Councilor. In New York state he is part of the Seneca County Board of Health and has established a public health club for students at New York Chiropractic College.


"I am extremely proud of the significant contributions that these three CHC members have demonstrated over their many years of service to the APHA. We continue to grow and contribute to public health care thanks to the outstanding activities of people such as Drs. Baird, Cooperstein, and Egan,"  remarked Dr. John Stites, current CHC Section chair. 



Award winners: Drs. Baird, Cooperstein, and Egan


Chiropractic Health Care Members Publish in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine


A team of dedicated public health care researchers has published a study on a protocol for hand and table sanitization in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. In this study, the authors reviewed the scientific literature and developed a protocol for hand and table sanitizing that is specific to the chiropractic profession. As Evans, et al state, “The purpose of this article is to present a proposed guideline for hand and treatment table surface sanitizing for the chiropractic profession that is evidence-based and can easily be adopted by teaching institutions and doctors in the field.” The authors suggest that hand hygiene and table sanitizing procedures could lower the risk of potential infection for both clinical personnel and patients in chiropractic treatment areas. This article offers the chiropractic profession a set of guidelines that may assist in educational environments, teaching clinics, and private practices.


This article is available to subscribers and may be accessed for free through the journal Seb site at


A Proposed Protocol for Hand and Table Sanitizing in Chiropractic Clinics and Education Institutions.

Marion Willard Evans Jr., DC, PhD, CHES, Michael Ramcharan DC, Rod Floyd, DC, DrPH, Gary Globe, DC, PhD, Harrison Ndetan, MS, MPH, Ronald Williams, PhD, CHES, Ronald Ivie, DC, MA

Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2009) 8, 38–47.

NINETEENTH Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 19th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.


All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material.


Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 27, 2009.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at for additional contest entry information. 


Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 Becomes Law

Congratulations Chiropractic Section!

The SCHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009) bill passed the House on Jan. 14 by a vote of 289-139!

Here is the vote so you can see how your member voted:

The measure was then approved by the Senate on Jan. 29 and signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 4!

Announcement from AHRQ

Hospitalizations Declining for Digestive System Bleeding

Improved treatments for acid reflux disease, ulcers, arthritis, and other conditions helped reduce hospital admission rates for internal bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract by 14 percent from 1998 to 2006, according to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract extends from the mouth to the duodenum, part of the small intestine. Bleeding in this area can be caused by ulcers, taking aspirin, and other pain medicines, and alcoholism.

AHRQ's analysis showed:

  • The hospitalization rate for upper GI bleeding declined from 96 cases per 100,000 people in 1998 (259,299 total cases) to 82 cases per 100,000 people in 2006 (246,297 cases). Potential reasons for the decline include increased use of medications that reduce gastric acid such as proton pump inhibitors; antibiotic treatment of gastric ulcers, caused by the H pylori bacteria; and increased use of the newer COX-2 inhibitor medicines for arthritis or other pain.
  • In 2006, hospitalizations for upper GI bleeding covered a wide age range — 47 percent of admissions for patients 65 to 84; 25 percent for patients 45 to 64; 18 percent for patients older than 85; and 10 percent for patients under 45.
  • The number of hospital patients who died from upper GI bleeding fell from 20,013 in 1998 to 16,344 in 2006.

These findings are based on data from Hospitalizations for Gastrointestinal Bleeding in 1998 and 2006 (HCUP Statistical Brief #65). The report uses statistics from the 1998 and 2006 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays that is nationally representative of inpatient stays in all short-term, non-federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the United States and include all patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.