An impressive group of six health care professionals will serve on an advisory panel for the study of federal funding policies relating to chiropractic, which is being funded by FCER. The panel will guide the activities of the Corporate Health Policies Group (CHPG) in collecting and analyzing data for this important study.
The federal funding study is FCER's response to the lack of federal funding for chiropractic research, training, and institutional development. The goal of the project is to develop effective strategies for securing federal funds for chiropractic academic institutions and research programs.
Forming an advisory panel is one of many steps taken by CHPG to ensure that the study will be objective and effectively designed. Prominent representatives of chiropractic and other health professions will serve on the panel to give maximum balance and credibility to the study.
The members of this distinguished panel include: Roger J. Bulger, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of Academic Health Centers; E. Maylon Drake, Ed.D., president of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic; Myron S. Magen, D.O., dean and professor of pediatrics, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine; William C. Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., dean of research, Palmer College of Chiropractic-West; Julius B. Richmond, M.D., professor of health policy, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health; Patrick H. Sullivan, Jr., D.C., private practitioner and trustee, Board of Regents, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.
Dr. Bulger has served on many government and private advisory committees on issues related to health policy, including the Special Medical Advisory Group of the Veterans Administration, and the Board of Advisors of the National Leadership Commission on Health Care. He has also chaired the Institute of Medicine's Committee to study medical professional liability and the delivery of obstetrical care, and has written several books on health policy.
In addition to his duties as president of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Dr. Drake is an adjunct professor of educational administration at the University of Southern California. He has served USC as director of the Academy for Educational Management and was a president and vice president of the Council on Chiropractic Education.
As a national consultant, Dr. Magen has served on three advisory committees for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was the first DO appointed to a special medical group advising the chief medical director of the Veteran's Administration. He served on the Medical Perspectives Selection Committee of the National Fund for Medical Education, and as a consultant to HEW's Division of Physician Manpower, and to the Health Resources Administration of the U.S. Public Health Service.
From 1977 - 1981, Dr. Richmond was the assistant secretary of health and surgeon general for the Department of Health and Social Services. In addition to his duties at Harvard, he is now an advisor on child health policy at Children's Hospital Medical Center and the director of the Division of Health Policy, Research, and Education. Dr. Richmond has published seven books on pediatrics.
As well as serving as dean of research, Dr. Meeker is the membership chairman of the Chiropractic Forum for the American Public Health Association; has been active in the American Back Society; acts as a consultant to Williams and Wilkins Company and FCER; and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Chiropractic Association of Oklahoma. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Dr. Sullivan is chairman, Chiropractic Peer Review Committee, state of Florida; education consultant, New York Chiropractic College; a member of the Chiropractic Advisory Panel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida; an analyst and member of the editorial board for DC Tracts; and an expert consultant, Investigative Services for the State of Florida, Department of Professional Regulation. Dr. Sullivan has served as chairman of the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education.
The panel will meet three times during the one and one-half year study. Panel members will provide expert input on data sources, and the feasibility of data collection procedures. They will also aid in interpreting data and helping to anticipate the reaction of professional groups to the study's results.
CHPG is now implementing the first phases of the study. They are conducting a systematic review of appropriate literature and designing data collection instruments and protocols.
The results of this project are of great importance to the future of chiropractic, and FCER is pleased to be part of this study. Updates on the progress of the federal funding study will appear in future issues of Advance.