March 3, 2012 — The National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC), held annually in Washington, DC, brings doctors and chiropractic students together for four days of educational and political forums. Eight D’Youville students attended the forums, participated in the workshops and met with law makers.
“For a small school and a new program, the other schools’ representatives were impressed at the amount of fund raising and service we have performed as well as the high caliber of the speakers we have had address our student body” said Shaun Morgan, president of the D’Youville Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) chapter.
The College SACA chapter received financial support for this trip through Palladian Health Care.
The DYC students represented Western New York as well as Virginia and Pennsylvania at the national gathering of the profession’s leaders and future leaders. One of the main events was a citizen lobbying effort of the members of Congress for all patients to have access to chiropractic care, but particularly for our Veterans.
Highlights of the conference included speakers: Current House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) along with former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, Dick Gephardt.
They addressed ACA and the Chiropractic Summit at a congressional reception where more than 18 members of Congress met with NCLC attendees. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Health Policy Counselor (HHS) Rima Cohen, as well as Rep. Bob Filner (D- CA) addressed all of the delegates the following day.
Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, neurosurgeon, just returned from Afghanistan, reminded everyone that team work, including the integration of chiropractic physicians in the military healthcare team, is in our patients’ best interest.
Howard Wasdin, DC, author of Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper closed the session.
After the general session, doctors and chiropractic students lobbied Capitol Hill. Many congressmen have decided to co-sponsor the Chiropractic Care to the All Veterans Act (H.R. 329), which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to have a chiropractic physician on staff at all major VA medical facilities by 2014. This concerted effort to meet our military’s physical needs is clearly in the sights of the congressional staffers and has been reported upon by the national media.
The DYC students conducted themselves in a most professional manner meeting with congressional healthcare policy advisors, establishing D’Youville College as an emerging voice in the healthcare debate, according to Dr. Joseph A. Cimino, associate professor of chiropractic.
Source: D’Youville College, dyc.edu