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New Washington, D.C., office seeks broader federal presence for Palmer

Dr. Christine Choate
Dr. Christine Choate

Christine Choate, D.C., Ph.D., is not only leading Palmer’s research efforts, but she also monitors and coordinates government relations activities pertaining to the chiropractic profession as well as Palmer College, and seeks new avenues of funding for chiropractic education and research efforts. She splits her time between Palmer’s Davenport Campus and the College’s new office in Washington, D.C.

“My role is to keep track of national legislative and agency activities that impact chiropractic, understand the potential implications for Palmer and work with other College administrators to coordinate Palmer’s legislative efforts at the national level,” Dr. Choate said. “I’ll also be developing relationships with both elected officials and key federal employees who impact chiropractic and chiropractic education, and creating communication strategies to help keep key Palmer administrators, faculty, staff and students aware of relevant health and education policy issues.”

These efforts will help Dr. Choate accomplish her overall goals for the D.C. office, such as establishing a broader federal presence for Palmer by educating elected officials and federal government agency representatives about chiropractic and chiropractic policy issues in general, as well as the accomplishments and interests of Palmer in particular. Another goal is to pursue federal funding opportunities for chiropractic education and research, and to work with other chiropractic groups with similar goals to help develop policies that positively impact the chiropractic profession. Accomplishing these goals will have many benefits for Palmer and the chiropractic profession.

“There is the potential to take advantage of existing and future funding opportunities for education and research that have not previously been targeted towards the chiropractic profession,” she added.

“Communicating to key legislators and federal agency officials about the vision and goals of Palmer, in addition to our significant accomplishments in the areas of educational excellence and research, has the potential to open doors to new opportunities for us, as we are seen increasingly as a key player in the healthcare delivery system, as well as a strong educational institution,” said Dr. Choate. “In addition, I believe that alumni will benefit from efforts to directly impact health policy as it relates to chiropractic.”

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