Northwestern's Maiers on Top 10 list for health policy

Rob Karwath | January 05, 2016

As 2016 begins, Northwestern's Michele Maiers and her work made the Top 10 list for health policy initiatives in the year just passed.

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As the New Year gets underway in earnest, Northwestern Health Sciences University's Michele Maiers and her work to combat opiod drug abuse received national recognition as one of the Top 10 health policy advances in the year just passed.

The Huffington Post online news and information website recognized Maiers, Director of Northwestern's Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy, and her work as among the most significant advances in integrative health and medicine in 2015. The site's Integrator blog described how Maiers was instrumental in advances that the American Public Health Association and health providers in Minnesota made in 2015 to identify problems with overprescription of opiod medications for pain relief, a situation that has led to addiction and abuse of those drugs. Maiers and her colleagues have worked to offer other, non-drug treatments, including chiropractic care, as options for relieving pain.

"Chiropractor Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, Ph.D., drove a two-year process [with] the Chiropractic Section of the American Public Health Association that led to a formal resolution that lifted non-pharmacologic, complementary and integrative practices into unprecedented recognition as contributors in the fight again opioid abuse," the blog reported. "Meantime in Minnesota, Maiers is a key player in a statewide Fair Care campaign that seeks to overturn discrimination against licensed integrative health practitioners."

More information, including the full Top 10 list, is available here

Congratulations to Dr. Maiers and her colleagues for their work and public recognition. We look forward to their work on this issue and others in 2016.

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