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Palmer gets face time with legislators

Dr. Martin connects with Florida legislators
Florida Campus President Dr. Martin, left, attended the FCA’s Legislative Day with members of a delegation that included Dr. Jeremy Gordon, Rep. Dorothy Hukill and Dr. Ken Dougherty.
Dr. Martin, Dr. Jeremy Gordon, Dorothy Hukill, and Dr. Ken Dougherty

Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C., Davenport ’68, led a contingent of chiropractors from Volusia County during the Florida Chiropractic Associations’ (FCA) Legislative Day in Tallahassee. Chiropractors from throughout Florida attended the event, which helped raise awareness of the value of chiropractic, particularly as it relates to the direction of healthcare policy.

Joined by Ken Dougherty, D.C., from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Jeremy Gordon, D.C. from DeLand, Fla., the group met with members of the Volusia County area legislative delegation, including Rep. Dorothy Hukill (R) Port Orange and Rep. Dwayne Taylor (D) Daytona Beach. “We were very well received by our local delegation that spoke highly of chiropractic and were well informed about our College and our presence in the Port Orange community,” said Dr. Martin.

Following this event, plans are underway for the Florida Campus to invite area legislators on campus to address students and faculty on the value of legislative advocacy.

West Campus students go to Washington
West Campus SACA delegates met with legislators in Washington, D.C., at the NCLC, Feb. 25-28, to lobby for chiropractic to be part of healthcare reform.
West Campus delegates in front of capitol building

More than a dozen members of the West Campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) convened with several hundred chiropractors and chiropractic students at the 2009 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) Feb. 25-28, in Washington, D.C.

At the conference, the West Campus SACA delegation met with congressional representatives from California to discuss issues such as national healthcare reform and Medicare, and why chiropractic should be included in each program.

The vice legislative chair for the national SACA organization is 9th Quarter student Rachelle Mulford, who organized a women’s forum featuring some of the top women chiropractors in the profession, including Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer’s vice chancellor for Research and Health Policy.

Other Palmer representatives at NCLC included West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., West ’82, and William Morgan, D.C., an ’85 West alumnus, who chairs the ACA Military/ Veterans Affairs Committee and is a member of the Palmer Board of Trustees.

Davenport Campus at Iowa capitol

For the third year in a row, a group of Davenport Campus employees and students provided lunch, information and screenings to Iowa legislators and capitol employees during a spring visit to Des Moines.

On March 26, Executive Director for Marketing and Public Relations Darren Garrett, APR, Coordinator for Clinic Marketing and Community Relations Julie Johnson, D.C., Davenport ’00, Media Relations Manager Lori Leipold, and Student Patient Education Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK) students Brett Vowles and Princely Ebwe talked with legislators about chiropractic and Palmer. The students also provided spinal screenings.

These efforts are important in reminding Iowa legislators of Palmer’s leadership position in chiropractic education and research. They also serve to inform them that legislative support of chiropractic in healthcare issues is vital to Iowa residents, Palmer alumni practicing in Iowa, as well as the College and chiropractic profession.

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