January 3, 2013 — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) marks its 50th anniversary in 2013, an occasion that the association will use to honor the hard work of its dedicated volunteers and the support of its many valued members.
ACA plans a gala event March 7, in conjunction with the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) in Washington, D.C., that will not only bring attention to the achievements of the past half century but also to the individuals whose leadership helped make them possible.
“ACA’s golden anniversary offers the profession as a whole the chance to reflect on the many achievements of the past 50 years and how they have moved the profession forward, expanding awareness and access to chiropractic, improving insurance reimbursement, and defending and protecting DCs against discriminatory treatment in many settings,” notes ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “Our forefathers were correct that the profession needed a strong national voice to act as its advocate in Washington and other federal arenas. ACA has been that voice for chiropractic.”
In addition, the January/February issue of ACA News, the association’s flagship member magazine, features a cover story that chronicles the birth of ACA in 1963 with an agreement between members of the former National Chiropractic Association and several members of the International Chiropractors Association, who believed the profession needed one strong national voice in order to succeed.
The establishment of today’s ACA was one of the most important unifying events in the history of the chiropractic profession and would lead to the formation of several other research- and education-related organizations that together created a solid foundation for advancement.
While ACA has also faced many challenges since its formation, it has always relied on one key ingredient for success — its dedicated volunteers. Throughout 2013, ACA News features interviews with many past volunteer leaders, sharing memories, and lessons learned.
For more information about the 50th Anniversary Gala Event and NCLC, visit acatoday.org/NCLC.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, acatoday.org