Online Program

Development of a Public Health Model for the APHA Chiropractic Health Care Section

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd, PhD, Editor, Professor, National University of Health Sciences, Escondido, CA
Bart Green, DC, MSEd, PhD, Publications Department, National University of Health Sciences, CA
Lori Byrd, MS, Academic Affairs, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA
Michael Clay Jr., DC, MPH, Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic, Naval Hospital Camp LeJeune, Camp LeJeune, NC
Kim Khauv, DC, MPH, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Services, and Sports Medicine, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA
Dana Madigan, DC, MPH, National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL
Mitchell Haas, DC, MA, Center for Outcomes Studies, University of Western States, Portland, OR
John Hyland, DC, MPH, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Greeley, CO
Michael Haneline, DC, MPH, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Universtiy of Western States, Portland, OR
Objective: During 2014-2015, a model was developed to help the American Public Health Association (APHA) – Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section clarify its purpose and public health priorities. This study describes the process used to develop the model and the outcomes.

Methods: A two-stage Delphi process resulted in ranked public health topics that CHC members had identified as important topics that the CHC could positively influence. The survey topics were developed into a diagram. The target end-users were members of the chiropractic profession and the public. Following rounds of review and revision by those internal and external to the CHC, the model draft was approved by the CHC Leadership and the APHA.    

Results: The model includes 3 interactive tiers: people/population, action, and public health priorities. The people/populations identified include: youth, workers/military/athletes, adults, special populations, and seniors. The actions consist of: education, promotion, and advocacy. The public health priorities range from prevention and reduction of diseases to the promotion of healthy living. This model provides a structure to: communicate and promote public health; focus the section’s limited resources; and prioritize communications and research projects. Projects resulting from this model include new section communications materials and the initiation of a series of papers in a scientific journal focused on the model topics.

Conclusion: The APHA-CHC planning committee developed and obtained consensus on a model that will help communicate and promote public health, focus the section’s limited resources, and prioritize communications and research.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss public health priorities identified by the American Public Health Association – Chiropractic Health Care Section (CHC) in the process of effective planning. Describe the process of developing the model. Formulate future actions that the CHC can use to implement change based upon this model. List suggestions for other APHA sections regarding how they could use a similar process for developing a model suited to their section.

Keyword(s): Chiropractic, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have met all 3 of the criteria for authorship: 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, and analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article and revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be submitted. I have a certification in public health, am completing my final semester towards an MPH, and have participated in clinical educational programs that are healthcare related.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.