Chiropractic, Thought Leadership


The annual Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACCRAC 2024) is being held in San Diego, California this year. The gathering celebrates 30 years of blending education and research. It offers a forum to explore how chiropractic education and research will be impacted by the evolution of healthcare. 

The conference plans to emphasize the changes made in healthcare delivery impacted by COVID 19. This includes chiropractic education, research and practice.   

The conference will cover:

  • Competency-based training
  • Technology and education
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Remote and retail healthcare
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Wearable medical devices
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and access
  • Personalized healthcare
  • Treating the whole person

 NWHSU Faculty and Students Representing at ACCRAC 2024 

Faculty and staff will represent NWHSU well at ACCRAC 2024. Faculty member Beth Heim, DC will moderate on Friday afternoon. The session is “the Evolution of Education and the Chiropractic Work Environment.”

On Saturday morning Michele Maiers, DC, PhD and executive director of research and Innovation at NWHSU will be speaking on two related topics. First, “Using Opioid Settlement Funding to Expand Access to Nonpharmacological Therapies” and then “Opioid Settlement Funds: A Toolkit for Advocates and Organizations.” 

Students have an opportunity to present research in poster format throughout the conference. This year, T10 chiropractic student Holli Kells, MHS is presenting research on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Specifically, “Mapping Chiropractic Services in FQHCs across the United States.” She shares, “This study provides baseline information about the presence of chiropractic services within FQHCs. This is important foundational information to understand the availability of chiropractic aware within this type of safety net clinic.”  

Story by Kit Harlow, Chiropractic Student