Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 20118
  Title Public health advocacy and chiropractic: a guide to helping your community reach its health objectives
Journal J Chiropr Med. 2008 Jun;7(2): 71-77
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Objective: Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) provide health educational and promotion efforts in the communities they serve by counseling patients at the individual level. This article outlines a method and model in which DCs can effectively serve as public health advocates within their community.

Discussion: The social ecological model of health education and health promotion serves as an excellent template for taking into account every antecedent to disease within a community and how to prevent it through health promotion. A step-by-step guide to getting the DC involved in the community can be centered on this model, with the DC serving as a health advocate for his or her community. Resources are provided to assist in this process.

Conclusion: The DC can and should engage his or her community in areas that are conducive to health through involvement and advocacy roles where these are suitable. A community's health can be enhanced with greater health care provider involvement, and DCs need to consider themselves a part of this process.

This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher; click on the PubMed Central link above for free full text.

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