Research underway at Logan’s Integrative Health Centers

Clinicians at Logan University’s Integrative Health Centers have taken steps to participate in two research studies.

Logan Integrated Health Center Clinician and Assistant Professor Patrick J. Battaglia, DC, DACBR, gained Institutional Review Board approval for a joint research project that will involve the investigation of patient response to care, including opioid use reduction, at Affinia Healthcare in St. Louis. 

Two groups of patients will be studied: those receiving chiropractic care for spinal pain, and those receiving care for the same conditions from an interdisciplinary pain management team. Patients will be followed for several months to evaluate outcomes and opioid use. 

“This is a multi-site collaboration pilot study between Logan University, Washington University and Affinia Healthcare that will hopefully lead to funded projects in the future,” said Dr. Battaglia.

Another research collaboration between CareSTL Health (formerly Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers) and Affinia Healthcare is currently awaiting approval from the Institutional Review Board.

If approved, Trimester 10 student Ahmad Abdella, along with Dr. Battaglia at Affinia and Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK™, Integrated Health Center Clinician and Assistant Professor at CareSTL Health, will investigate chiropractic patient demographics within two separate federally-qualified healthcare systems.

The information will be used to identify most commonly seen diagnoses, gender, age groups, and a host of other factors that may influence care outcomes and ultimately clinician development activity. 

“Access to this information will give us a greater understanding of how to meet patient needs and provide the right skill set of our clinicians to treat the patients we are seeing,” said Dr. Battaglia.

Ahmad is the principal investigator on the project, and is currently a preceptor at Affinia. Dr. Battaglia said he hopes to have the data published by early 2019. 

Congratulations to Dr. Stastny and Dr. Wells!

One of the significant achievements of a successful Logan Human Performance Center (HPC) resident is recognition as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®).

Please join us in congratulating Cami Stastny, DC, for passing her CCSP® exam this past April, and Courtney Wells, DC, the senior HPC resident, who successfully passed her CCSP® in November 2017.


2018 Faust Park Summer Concert Series

Enjoy some free summer fun at the 2018 Faust Park Summer Concert series!

Throughout the summer, free concerts will be held in Faust Park every Tuesday evening. Food trucks and concessions open at 5:30pm before the concerts begin at 7pm.

Logan is proud to be a participating sponsor of this annual event.

Faust Park is located at:
15185 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, MO

Click here for more information.

Logan University, UMSL establish joint health services for students

The collaboration of two higher education institutions in St. Louis have resulted in a partnership that provides free or reduced chiropractic and eye care services to students attending Logan University and University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).

Enrolled UMSL students, their spouses and dependents will be eligible to receive chiropractic services at either of Logan University’s two Health Centers, on campus in Chesterfield, or St. Peters, Mo. In return, currently enrolled Logan students, their spouses and dependents will be eligible to receive eye and vision care when visiting any of UMSL’s College of Optometry’s three full-service eye care facilities in the St. Louis area. 

Students who participate in the reciprocal clinic program receive complementary new patient exams, with reduced fees for any additional exams, procedures or diagnostic services. 

“We are extremely delighted to partner with UMSL to offer comprehensive care services from our chiropractic physicians, while our Logan students receive vision care from UMSL,” said Calvin Thomas, IV, chief of clinic operations and strategic innovation at Logan University’s Heath Centers. “The partnership exemplifies the sharing of health resources with an enhanced, programmatic, peer-to-peer clinical educational experience for our students.”  

“This is a great opportunity to expand services to our respective students and their families, while also giving our optometry and chiropractic students access to more hands-on experiences at our clinics,” said UMSL College of Optometry Dean Larry Davis said. “It’s a win-win for our students.”

Students from UMSL with a current valid student ID may make an appointment for chiropractic care at either of Logan’s Health Center locations. Students from UMSL with a current valid student ID will need to accompany their spouse and/or dependent on the first visit to receive the benefit.

Under the agreement, Logan will provide UMSL students:
  • One complementary new patient examination.
  • Ongoing office visits, re-examinations, X-ray views/interpretations and diagnostic ultrasounds at a 50 percent discount.
  • Spinal and extremity manipulations at a 50 percent discount.

Logan chiropractic services are provided at:

Montgomery Health Center at Logan University
1851 Schoettler Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 230-1990 

Logan Chiropractic St. Peters Health Center 
6131 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, MO 63304
(636) 397-3545

Under the agreement, UMSL will provide Logan students:
  • One annual complementary comprehensive primary care examination.
  • Ongoing diagnostic services and procedures at a 50 percent discount.
  • 40 percent reduction on eyeglasses [frames and lenses].
  • 20 percent reduction on eligible contact lens materials.

UMSL optometry services are provided at:

University Eye Center on UMSL’s South Campus
7840 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-5131

Lindell Eye Center on 
3940 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 516-5016

East St. Louis Eye Center on East St. Louis Community College
East St. Louis Center,  Building D, Suite 2030
601 James R. Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis, IL 62201 
(618) 274-0169 

Logan to host 2018 ABCA Annual Convention

This summer Logan University is honored to be hosting the American Black Chiropractic Association’s (ABCA) annual convention, taking place June 28 through July 1.

Through its student chapters, the ABCA provides invaluable support to African- American chiropractic students, including mentoring and guidance as they launch their careers, said Micheala Edwards, DC (2009), ABCA vice president. Dr. Edwards joined Logan’s student ABCA (SABCA) chapter during her first days at the University. “I felt like it was a necessary organization that had an initiative to support African-American students in their studies as well as provide chiropractic services to our communities,” she noted. “The ABCA gives students the chance to learn about different ways to bring chiropractic to the African-American community, which tends to be underserved.”

The convention rotates location each year, with 2018 designated as the central region’s turn. “We base it on where we’ve been and where there’s the best opportunity to spread the word about the ABCA,” said Dr. Edwards. St. Louis was an easy choice: The city is where Bobby Westbrooks, DC (1966) founded the organization in 1981.

During the convention, ABCA will dedicate a bust of Dr. Westbrooks at Logan that will be placed in the Purser Center. “Bobby practiced in St. Louis at the time, and Logan was where the first national convention was held, so this is kind of like a homecoming for us,” Dr. Edwards said, adding that the idea to honor Dr. Westbrooks began with Logan’s student chapter.

Approximately 200 chiropractors and chiropractic students are expected to attend the convention, which includes an opening reception sponsored by Evoke Chiropractic, a St. Louis organization founded by three Logan graduates, Drs. Edgar Everett (2004), Xavier Tipler (2006) and Frank Vaught Jr. (2004). Evoke’s mission is to inspire minority chiropractors to become health and wellness leaders. Additional events include a variety of workshops and the Harvey Lillard Scholarship Banquet, in which association scholarships are awarded to SABCA members.

Logan's Nutrition & Human Performance program accepted into early adopter demonstration

Logan University’s Master of Science Degree in Nutrition & Human Performance was recently accepted into an early adopter demonstration program through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

In 2012, ACEND began discussions on future education needs and the potential of developing degree-based standards. At the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Council on Future Practice released a document recommending that educational preparation for dietitians be elevated to a graduate level to provide a greater depth of knowledge and skills needed for future practice in the profession.

Currently, individuals seeking careers as nutrition and dietetics technicians earn associate degrees while dietitian nutritionists earn bachelor degrees, combined with practice experience.

In 2013, ACEND spoke with 9,000 stakeholders, asking what skill sets professionals need, where the jobs are going to be and what work they will be doing. ACEND determined that dietitians need to be better prepared to fill gaps with health research, communication, leadership and cultural competence and to be part of a medical team. They made recommendations for a new model of education that shifts the path of entry-level dietitian nutritionists to the graduate degree level, moving the educational preparation of entry-level nutrition and dietetics technicians to the bachelor’s degree level and creating a new program preparing nutrition health associates at the associate degree level.

“With ACEND’s release of the Rationale for Future Education Preparation of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners, it became clear that health care in the U.S. was changing, and we had to change the way we educate practitioners to meet the needs of the future,” said Cheryl Houston, PhD, CHES, CFCS, RD, LD, FAND, program director for the Doctorate of Health Professions Education & General Education and former interim program director for Nutrition & Human Performance.

One of these emerging areas, said Dr. Houston, is integrative health care, which includes areas such as telehealth, nutrigenomics, nutritional pharmacology, health informatics, coding and reimbursement. In addition, there is a growing importance for health care professionals to be able to work more interprofessionally. “Discussions around what a dietitian is going to look like in the future and what is needed in the marketplace began, and the organizations came up with a list of skill areas that dietitians were not prepared to do.”

In 2015, ACEND began a multi-phase process to develop the required competencies of practitioners at each degree level. Development of the Accreditation Standards detailing expectations of programs preparing future practitioners also began. Last year, ACEND released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Graduate Degree Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics and invited colleges, universities and organizations sponsoring nutrition and dietetics programs to apply to be an early adopter demonstration program.

Logan was among the first of only 19 applications accepted and offers one of seven new dietetics programs. The remaining 12 dietetics programs accepted are undergoing reorganization.

The goal of ACEND’s early adopter demonstration program is to see if different future education models across colleges, universities and organizations are effective in producing the kind of professionals that are prepared for emerging and innovative health care.

ACEND will use data collected from the selected programs to determine what models are viable by 2024. Some schools will incorporate the new standards into their bachelor or associate degree programs, whereas Logan will incorporate the new standards into the current Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Human Performance program.

“They asked if we believed we could meet the new standards for master’s entry-level RDN,” said Dr. Houston. “We believe the intent and direction of the future model they described already exists at Logan University, and we welcome the opportunity to be a part of the future of dietetics education.”

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