Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FEAC, FRCC, Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), addressed an auditorium of Logan students, faculty and staff on October 6th about how the WFC is working to promote, advance and unify the chiropractic profession around the globe.
The WFC represents members from 88 countries and is the only chiropractic non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), the public health arm of the United Nations.
From helping develop chiropractic throughout the African continent to raising the profile of the profession in Latin America, the WFC has played a significant role in advancing chiropractic since its inception in 1987.
Dr. Brown spoke about how the WFC is currently leading initiatives in the areas of education and research by supporting the creation of more academic chiropractic institutions, creating collaborative care opportunities with colleagues in other professions and playing a critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic through the use of chiropractic as an alternative to managing chronic pain.
He also emphasized the significant opportunities to impact lives through chiropractic, especially in underserved and impoverished communities outside of the U.S.
“You are the leaders and you are the future of this profession,” he said. “The skills we have―non-drug and non-surgical―can be brought anywhere in the world. We don’t need high tech equipment to bring relief. And now we have a huge opportunity, and it’s being brought to us by the opioid crisis. People are looking for alternatives and we can be a part of that solution.”
Dr. Brown said while there is a need for chiropractic to be a part of the team that is managing spinal health, chiropractors cannot accomplish it alone. “We often hear that we are separate and distinct, however that oftentimes translates into isolation. That can’t be the future. We have so much to offer and the time has come where others are receptive to the work that we do. There’s no better time to be a chiropractor.”
Students are invited to attend an open forum with Dr. DeBono and Dr. Haun on Tuesday, October 11th at 11:30am in Room 156B.
The topics covered will include changes to CCE, Logan's curriculum changes and an outline on the future of Logan.
Students are invited to attend Distributors' Day on Wednesday, October 5th between 10am and 2pm in the Purser Center. Come learn about the vendors who will be available to you as a future doctor!
Pizza and sandwiches will be provided during lunch hours.