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.
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.
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.