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From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

Winter 2016

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Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., represents at the health-care table

“Hear Dr. Goertz speak, and it is abundantly clear she is defined not by her resume, but by her passion for, and dedication to, the power of research in spurring policy changes that expand chiropractic’s role in the health-care delivery system.”

Dr. Goertz with her Person of the Year award from Dynamic Chiropractic.
Dr. Goertz holding award

So wrote Peter Crownfield, executive editor of Dynamic Chiropractic , in the publication’s article announcing Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., F.P.A.C., as Dynamic Chiropractic’s 2015 Person of the Year.

Dr. Goertz has been Palmer College of Chiropractic’s vice chancellor for research and health policy since 2007. She was named an honorary alumna of Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2011.

During her tenure as leader of Palmer’s research efforts, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) has been awarded millions of dollars in federal research grants, many from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health as well as the Department of Defense. These include a $7.5 million grant awarded to Palmer ($5.1 million went to the PCCR), the Rand Corporation and the Samueli Institute to conduct three clinical trials at five military bases throughout the country that assess chiropractic treatment in the military. In addition to her prowess in chiropractic research, Dr. Goertz is known for her leadership in the health-policy arena. “Sadly, there’s quite a bit of truth to the old adage, ‘If you aren’t sitting at the table, you’re more likely to be on the menu,’ ” she says.

Thanks to her, chiropractic has a seat at the table. Dr. Goertz currently serves as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors and is chair of the PCORI Selection Committee, which makes recommendations to the full Board regarding which research contracts to award. She’s also chair of the American Chiropractic Association’s Committee on Quality Assurance and Accountability, and just finished a three-year term as a member of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement’s Measurement Advisory Committee.

“Everyone benefits when chiropractors are involved in policy discussions with other healthcare professionals,” Dr. Goertz adds. “Chiropractors bring the perspective of doctors who’ve always had a patient-centered approach, who are experts in treating patients with musculoskeletal conditions—a major cause of disability—and who offer conservative treatment approaches with a very low risk profile.”

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