Getting a NCHM Proclamation
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:00 AM

National Chiropractic Health Month is coming in October.  Why not raise awareness of chiropractic with a local proclamation?  

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM)  the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and doctors of chiropractic nationwide will raise public awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic. 

A proclamation is a formal announcement made by a state or local government on a topic important to members of that community. It may take some time to go through the proclamation process, so begin at least 8 weeks in advance of National Chiropractic Health Month. Identify who handles proclamations in your local city, county or state government. Be prepared to provide information about the importance of conservative care for people in your area. You can use statistics and information provided in ACA’s sample proclamation or other resources. When submitting the required documents to the proclamation office, remember to include a cover letter with some facts about the importance of conservative care as a way to stem the opioid epidemic. Be sure to mention that your clinic/organization will be celebrating National Chiropractic Health Month along with the American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic nationwide. Note that the goal of NCHM is to bring attention to how chiropractic care can help people feel and perform their best naturally. Also include the date and theme of the proposed proclamation and your contact information. Include a draft of the proposed proclamation.  If you have not heard back from the office after a week, follow up on the status of the proclamation by phone and/or e-mail.

Once the proclamation is signed, go to the office and pick it up in person. While you are there, be sure to personally thank the staff member who helped you. This may help the process go much quicker next year! Draft a thank you letter to the official who signed the proclamation. Display the proclamation the entire month of October. The proclamation is a way for you to begin a conversation with patients about the importance of a conservative-care-first approach to health care.

To access step-by-step instructions from the ACA on how to obtain a signed proclamation click here.

ACA offers sample text for the proclamation here.

The sample text can be used as is or altered to reflect the unique needs or circumstances of your state or locality. If you are successful in getting a NCHM proclamation signed by your governor, mayor or other local official, please let the ACA Communications Department know (send photos of the signing, if possible) by emailing us or calling (703) 276-8800. We will share your news with the rest of the profession via our social media channels!

Sample Proclamation:

WHEREAS, Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health;

WHEREAS, Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches;

WHEREAS, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are physician-level providers who focus on the whole person in their conservative drug-free approach to health care and pain management;

WHEREAS, To date, the failure to adequately address chronic pain in today’s health care system has resulted in unnecessary suffering and an enormous loss of human potential, as well as massive financial and personal costs;

WHEREAS, With the increase in chronic pain, there has been a simultaneous rise in opioid use, which has been associated with adverse outcomes (e.g. addiction, overdose, insufficient pain relief), leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to classify the overuse and abuse of prescription pain medications in the United States as “epidemic”;

WHEREAS, Prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is, or that it has healed. This misunderstanding can lead to overexertion and a delay in the healing process or even to permanent injury;

WHEREAS, The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and the National Pain Strategy both share an important tactic to address the U.S. opioid epidemic: Encouraging medical doctors to utilize non-pharmacologic, conservative care and to consider non-addictive alternative options, behavioral changes and non-addictive pain relievers.

WHEREAS, There is a growing body of research that validates the effectiveness of chiropractic services, leading many respected health care organizations to recommend chiropractic and other conservative pain management options as a first line of defense against pain;

WHEREAS, National Chiropractic Health Month 2016 serves as a reminder to all citizens of [insert name of state/city] that conservative treatments for pain such as chiropractic services may potentially lessen or eliminate the need for riskier, potentially addictive treatments such as prescription opioid pain medications and should be thoroughly exhausted whenever possible before initiating opioid therapy;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the [state/city] of [insert name of city or state] officially joins with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in proclaiming the month of October 2016 as National Chiropractic Health Month.

Signature _________________________________________

Date Proclaimed ___________________


Source:  American Chiropractic Association