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Public Health Committee Members Announced. April 2017

April 2017

Following ratification of their appointments by WFC Council, the following individuals have been confirmed as members of the WFC Public Health Committee:

chris cassirer 

 

CHAIR: CHRISTOPHER CASSIRER Sc.D., MPH. (USA) Dr Cassirer is the President and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University. He has a Masters in Public Health from Yale School of Medicine and a Doctor of Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Cassirer brings huge experience in strategy and leadership to the Public Health Committee. 

michele maiers web

 

WFC COUNCIL LIAISON: MICHELE MAIERS DC, MPH, PhD. (USA) Dr Maiers is the Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University. With a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Southern Denmark, Dr Maiers has significant experience in the public health arena.

mustafa agaoglu 

 

MUSTAFA AGAOGLU DC (TURKEY) Dr Agaoglu is an assistant coordinator at on the chiropractic program at Bahçeşehir University of Istanbul. A past president of the Turkish Chiropractic Association, Dr Agaoglu's familiarity of diversity and middle-eastern culture is a valuable asset on the committee.

kendrah dasilva 

 

KENDRAH DA SILVA M.Dip.Tech Chiropractic (SOUTH AFRICA) Dr Da Silva has broad experience in ICD10 coding and has coordinated a WHO FIC (Family of International Classifications) meeting in South Africa. A past President of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA), Dr da Silva remains a member of the CASA Executive. 

reidar lystad 

 

REIDAR LYSTAD BChiroSc, MChir , MPH, PhD, (AUSTRALIA/NORWAY) Dr Lystad is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University. Previously an Intern at the George Institute for Global Health, Dr Lystad also completed a PhD in sports epidemiology and injury prevention. 

sarkaw mohammad 

 

SARKAW MOHAMMAD BSc. (Chiro), PhD (c) (NEW ZEALAND) With a background in emergency medicine, Dr Mohammed qualified in New Zealand with degrees in chiropractic and para-medicine. Further postgraduate studies include a Diploma in Travel Medicine, Diploma in Psychological Rehabilitation (Refugee and Migrant Health) and Masters in Health Science (Rehabilitation). 

jessica wong 

 

JESSICA WONG BSc, DC, FCCS (CANADA) With an undergraduate degree in Medical Radiation Sciences, Dr Wong is a 2010 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She is on the faculty of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and completes her Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) in 2017. 

 

Dr Chris Cassirer named as new Public Health Chair. August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016

Northwestern President appointed to lead WFC committee

TORONTO, Canada—The World Federation of Chiropractic has named Dr. Chris Cassirer, President and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University, as Chair of its Public Health Committee, which oversees efforts to promote health and wellness worldwide.
 
chris cassirerCassirer, 52, has been President and CEO of Northwestern since 2014. He holds a Doctor of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health Degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Rutgers University.
 
“I am honored to work with my colleagues at the Federation and to help advance chiropractic care globally,” Cassirer said. “At Northwestern, we educate our students to become leaders in an evolving health-care world, where chiropractic is recognized as playing a vital role in providing safe, economical, clinically effective, non-invasive patient care. I’m eager to begin working with the Federation and its global partners to offer a shared message of hope and healing around the world.”
 
Cassirer becomes the first non-chiropractor to receive such an appointment by the Federation, a non-profit organization advocates for the chiropractic profession worldwide and is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.
 
WFC President Dr. Espen Johannessen said: “We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Cassirer’s caliber as the new Chair of the Public Health Committee. His experience and enthusiasm for the chiropractic profession will ensure that the profile of public health, as it relates to doctors of chiropractic, will be significantly elevated.”
 
Secretary-General Dr Richard Brown said Cassirer’s experience in public health and as an educator will help chiropractic increasingly be seen as an important part of an integrated approach to health care worldwide.
 
“With the agreed identity of chiropractors as spine-care experts in the health care system, the Federation is keen to intensify its participation in public health and wellness initiatives,” Brown said. “Dr. Cassirer’s stellar track record in public health means that the Federation can take a central role in delivering initiatives that will support chiropractors and the patients they serve.”
 
Founded in 1988, the WFC represents the chiropractic profession internationally. Its voting members are the national chiropractic associations of nearly 90 countries in 7 world regions. The WFC advocates for the highest standards of professional conduct, education and research. In advancing the chiropractic profession, its work centers on support, empowerment, promotion and unity of the chiropractic profession. Its head office is in Toronto, Canada.

   

WFC Elections See Host of New Faces on Council. February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has announced the results of its recent elections for the period 2016-2019.

Those who will take office at the WFC’s annual Council meeting, to be held in May in Dubai, United Arab Emirates include newly elected members from the African, Asian, European, North American and Pacific regions.

Ballots were held in the African and European regions, where the number of candidates exceeded the number of Council vacancies. In both areas, participation in the ballot was strong, with the vast majority of member associations submitting their votes.

Current WFC President, Canada’s Dr Greg Stewart, commented, “This year’s elections prompted a high level of interest, which reflects the WFC’s reputation as the respected leader in the international chiropractic community. While we shall be sad to see the departure of longstanding members of Council who have decided not to seek re-election, the fact that over 30% of our new Council comprises women is an endorsement of the WFC’s stated commitment to equality and diversity.”

Dr Stewart added, “These are extremely exciting times for the chiropractic profession. Transformation in health systems is seeing chiropractic increasingly positioned as a leader in non-surgical spine care and the chiropractic momentum is building. The WFC is proud to be at the forefront of these developments, which is seeing more and more patients benefit from the services doctors of chiropractic are providing around the globe.”

WFC COUNCIL 2016-2019

Africa   Dr Musimbi Ondeko Kenya
Asia   Dr Kei Takeyachi Japan
Eastern Mediterranean   Dr Efstathios Papadopoulos Cyprus
Europe   Dr Espen Johannessen Norway
    Dr Vivian Kil Netherlands
Latin America   Dr Carlos Ayres Peru
North America   Dr John Maltby USA
    Dr Michele Maiers USA
    Dr Rick McMichael USA
    Dr Deborah Kopansky-Giles Canada
    Dr Greg Stewart Canada
Pacific   Dr Laurie Tassell Australia
    Dr Corrian Poelsma New Zealand
   
   

WFC Athens Congress – A Huge Success! June 2015

June 2015

The 13th Biennial Congress of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) was held jointly with the 2015 Annual Convention of the European Chiropractors Union (ECU) at the Athens Hilton Hotel in Greece from May 10-16. It was hosted by the Hellenic Chiropractors’ Association, attracted over 900 delegates from 50 countries, and was the largest chiropractic conference ever held in Europe.

The meeting brought the chiropractic profession home to its Greek roots – the language that gave DD Palmer the word chiropractic, and the country that championed spinal manipulation and natural healthcare in the classical era.

“This was my first WFC Congress,” said Dr Anthony Hamm, President of the American Chiropractic Association, “and everything about it was outstanding, highly motivating, and beyond my expectations. This included the quality of the academic and social programs, the exposure to colleagues from throughout the world, and the overall optimism and enthusiasm for chiropractic and its future.”

The Congress began with a 2-day WFC Assembly which featured country reports from all world regions and a keynote John A. Sweaney Lecture from Dr Vivian Kil, an impressive young leader from the Netherlands who endorsed and expanded upon the vision of primary spine care excellence given earlier this year by Dr Scott Haldeman in his McAndrews Lecture in the USA.

The four well-received speakers for the discussion forum, this year on the role of traditional chiropractic language in practice today, were Dr Philip McMaster, President, New Zealand College of  Chiropractic, Dr Mark Gurden of the UK, Dr Amy Bowzaylo of Bahrain and Dr Carol Mwendwa of Kenya.  Dr Mwendwa challenged the profession and the WFC to produce agreed definitions of core chiropractic terms such as adjustment and subluxation.

    Vivian Kil web                      Forum speakers
Dr Vivian Kil delivers the John A Sweaney Lecture             Forum speakers (from right) Dr Carol Mwendwa, Dr Phil McMaster,
                                                                                                                         Dr Mark Gurden and Dr Amy Bowzaylo

Read more: WFC Athens Congress – A Huge Success! June 2015

   

WFC/ACC Education Conference. Miami, Florida, October 29 - November 1, 2014

November 2014 WFC ACC logo

 
Top Policy Advisers at WFC ACC Conference

Brian McAulay 
ACC President Dr Brian McAulay
opens the conference
 

Delegates at a high-powered conference held in Miami October 29 – November 1 on the opportunities for chiropractic in changing healthcare systems in the USA and internationally, heard that chiropractic was well-positioned for substantial growth.

This would depend, delegates were told by experts, upon whether doctors of chiropractic could deliver superior patient results and satisfaction at a competitive cost in the prevention and management of common neuromusculoskeletal disorders.  Increasingly, health systems are requiring and rewarding delivery of value, rather than paying attention to the professional designation of the provider.  This provides new opportunity for chiropractors.

The theme of the conference, held by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and jointly hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and International Chiropractors’ Association (ICA), was Chiropractic Education for a Changing Healthcare Environment.

 

Read more: WFC/ACC Education Conference. Miami, Florida, October 29 - November 1, 2014

   

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