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Chiropractic and the Public's Health

By Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC

BS, MPH, University of Illinois Medical Center
DC, Cleveland College of Chiropractic

Faculty member of the Southern California University of Health Sciences

Dr. Baird has played a pivotal role in establishing the Chiropractic Health Care section within the American Public Health Association. There are 25 sections within APHA, but it took a good 16 years of effort before the governing council of the APHA in November 1995 voted to establish a "Chiropractic Health Care" (CHC) section. He is currently a member of the section councilors of the CHC

The APHA, established in 1872, is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 public health occupations. Dr. Baird’s column reports on the activities of chiropractic in the APHA.

Previous Articles

Help Prevent 1 Billion Deaths
What Are You Doing to Fight the Real "Silent Killer" – Tobacco?
     March 1, 2016 (Vol. 34, Issue 05)
Help Patients Understand and Manage Menopause & Andropause
     October 15, 2015 (Vol. 33, Issue 20)
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
     May 15, 2015 (Vol. 33, Issue 10)
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
     November 15, 2014 (Vol. 32, Issue 22)
Escaping Dystopia: What Chiropractic Can Learn From Public Health
     July 1, 2014 (Vol. 32, Issue 13)
Are You Driving Patients Toward Dependence on Big Pharma?
     May 1, 2014 (Vol. 32, Issue 09)
Putting Public Health Into Action: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
     March 15, 2014 (Vol. 32, Issue 06)
Focusing on Lifelong Prevention and Wellness: APHA Annual Meeting
     February 15, 2013 (Vol. 31, Issue 04)
Chiropractors Storm the Capital
Review of the 139th APHA Meeting and Exposition
     January 29, 2012 (Vol. 30, Issue 03)
Chiropractic: The Original Version of Health Care Reform
     March 12, 2011 (Vol. 29, Issue 06)
APHA 2010 Annual Meeting: A Mile-High Affair
     January 29, 2011 (Vol. 29, Issue 03)
Congratulations to the Chiropractic Health Care Section on 15 Years
     October 21, 2010 (Vol. 28, Issue 22)
Are We Speaking the Language of Health?
     August 12, 2010 (Vol. 28, Issue 17)
Degree Program in Malaysia Off to a Great Start
Inaugural class is more than halfway through first semester.
     May 20, 2010 (Vol. 28, Issue 11)
Chiropractic and Public Health: It was a Very Good Year
     January 15, 2010 (Vol. 28, Issue 02)
Chiropractic Is Past the Demonstration Project Stage
     June 3, 2009 (Vol. 27, Issue 12)
Marvelous Things Will Happen
     May 6, 2009 (Vol. 27, Issue 10)
Join National Public Health Week and Build a Healthier America
     February 26, 2009 (Vol. 27, Issue 05)
What If? "Chiropractor Named Surgeon General of the United States"
     January 1, 2009 (Vol. 27, Issue 01)
Lower Back Pain as a Public Health Issue
     September 9, 2008 (Vol. 26, Issue 19)
NYCC's Public Health Club: Modeling Leadership in Action
     June 17, 2008 (Vol. 26, Issue 13)
DCs in D.C. for Chiropractic and Public Health
     January 1, 2008 (Vol. 26, Issue 01)
A Hurricane Couldn't Stop Us!
     January 29, 2006 (Vol. 24, Issue 03)
Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association
The APHA and the Chiropractic Profession: 10 Years as Full Partners
     September 14, 2005 (Vol. 23, Issue 19)
Where Are the Young Turks of Chiropractic Public Health?
     June 18, 2005 (Vol. 23, Issue 13)
Back to the Futurism of Chiropractic - Revisited
     May 21, 2005 (Vol. 23, Issue 11)
Chiropractic Succeeds Again at the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting
     January 29, 2005 (Vol. 23, Issue 03)
WFC CAT Anti-Tobacco Posters Now Distributed Worldwide
     October 7, 2004 (Vol. 22, Issue 21)
WFC CAT Anti-Tobacco Posters Are Here!
     August 16, 2004 (Vol. 22, Issue 17)
"But That's Not Chiropractic..."
     August 16, 2004 (Vol. 22, Issue 17)
The Baird Plan for National Nutrition
     July 1, 2004 (Vol. 22, Issue 14)
The Annual Meeting
     January 29, 2004 (Vol. 22, Issue 03)
Health Disparities Among Minorities in the U.S.
     November 30, 2003 (Vol. 21, Issue 25)
Ant or Grasshopper?
     October 6, 2003 (Vol. 21, Issue 21)
Why the APHA?
     July 14, 2003 (Vol. 21, Issue 15)
Questions and Answers and Questions (QAQs)
     June 2, 2003 (Vol. 21, Issue 12)
Remembering Those Who Pave the Way
     April 21, 2003 (Vol. 21, Issue 09)
Chiropractic Progress Evident at 2002 APHA Annual Meeting
     January 14, 2003 (Vol. 21, Issue 02)
Chiropractic within Public Health - A Fish on a Bicycle?
     November 4, 2002 (Vol. 20, Issue 23)
Chiropractic in Pattaya, Thailand
Ronald Watkins,DC,in His Seventh Decade of Practice
     August 16, 2002 (Vol. 20, Issue 17)
Chiropractic at APHA's "Post-9/11" Annual Meeting
     January 14, 2002 (Vol. 20, Issue 02)
Chiropractic, Public Health, and International Alphabet Soup
APHA, WFPHA, WHO, UN, CHC, IH, WFC, NGO, ATI, FCTC, FCA, ASH, INCAT, H-f-A and CAT!
     September 12, 2001 (Vol. 19, Issue 19)
Report on American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting
     January 29, 2001 (Vol. 19, Issue 03)
Chiropractic Well Represented at Annual American Public Health Association Meeting
But Membership Is Down
     March 22, 1999 (Vol. 17, Issue 07)
Confusion vs. Illusion
Vaccination Is Not Our Real Debate
     July 29, 1996 (Vol. 14, Issue 16)
Managed Care: Another Biased, but Educated, Opinion
     August 15, 1995 (Vol. 13, Issue 17)
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