While approximately only 3-5% of chiropractors are people of color in the U.S., a recent survey revealed that a significantly larger number of chiropractors and chiropractic assistants work for minority owned practices, which are represented in roughly the same numbers in suburban and urban areas.
According to the latest Chiropractic Economics Salary & Expense Survey, measuring the pandemic months from April 2020 to April 2021, 15% of chiropractors or chiropractic assistants work for a minority-owned practice. By region these practices are heaviest in the West and South of the United States.
Of the 15% of chiropractors or chiropractic assistants reporting working for a minority-owned practice, roughly 7% report working in urban and suburban environments equally, with the remainder in rural environments.
The majority white 95%+ of chiropractors serve a U.S. population that, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, is almost 40% non-white.
“Many minorities we talk to have no clue what chiropractors do,” says LaToya Harris, a recent chiropractic school graduate whose twin sister is also a graduate, speaking with Chiropractic Economics. “It’s a constant education process for us. It reminds me of the statement, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know.’ I think increasing the exposure to chiropractic care in minority communities could result in an increase in minority patients. Tonya and I both understand the value of representation, and what it means to see someone that looks like you accomplish things you wish to accomplish in life. It is very important that my sister and I work to change this aspect of health care.”
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