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Breakthroughs and Barriers

Breakthroughs and Barriers

Gaining a seat at the health-care table
Spring/Summer 2015

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Chiropractic’s role in integrative health care

San Jose Campus President Dr. William Meeker is a sought-after speaker on chiropractic’s role in integrative health care.
Dr. Meeker holding microphone during presentation

The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) was launched last year as an evolution of the former American Holistic Medical Association and the American Board of Integrative Health and Medicine. The new AIHM has significantly broadened its scope to include all licensed health professions interested in integrative health care. San Jose Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., represents the chiropractic profession on the 18-member AIHM board.

“There’s no doubt that the future of chiropractic will be based on the ability to interact with the many moving and complex parts of the overall health-delivery system that the public relies upon,” Dr. Meeker says. “The scope and special expertise of doctors of chiropractic as primary care professionals for spinal health and wellbeing are solutions to major health concerns, not just for people in the United States, but around the globe. That’s why it’s so important for our students to learn to work together collaboratively with other health professionals in informal and formal ways.”

Port Orange Campus President Dr. Peter Martin is active in integrative health-care policy organizations.
Dr. Martin speaking from a podium

Palmer has been well-represented in another integrative health care organization, the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC). Port Orange Campus President Peter Martin, D.C., was appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors in January 2015, succeeding Dr. Meeker.

“The paradigm shift toward prevention, wellness and health creation through integrative health care is becoming more of a reality in the U.S., but in order for widespread change to occur, persistent pressure and advocacy in the national health-care policy and legislation sphere is required,” Dr. Martin says.

“Much of the IHPC’s work for 2015 and beyond is targeted toward the Non-Discrimination Provision of the Affordable Care Act,” he adds. “The organizations comprising the IHPC are united in their support of the correct implementation of this provision. I’m pleased to represent Palmer College, joining other alternative and complementary health-care provider groups as partners in this important mission.”

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