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MCA In Touch: December 2016
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Why Grassroots Advocacy Matters

By Dr. Charles Sawyer, MCA Professional Officer for Legislative Affairs

While it is important for the Minnesota Chiropractic Association to have a strong public affairs and lobbying plan, another valuable tool is a well-organized grassroots advocacy plan, such as the MCA’s Key Doctor Program. Grassroots advocacy is a process that mobilizes supporters and targets audiences to help shape public policy. The basic reason for grassroots advocacy is to connect with individuals who support our policies and initiatives, and to create a network of supporters to influence change.

Like a well-thought out and effective lobbying strategy, it is just as important to have chiropractic doctors (and ideally their patients as well) involved in grassroots advocacy. The leadership of the MCA and its Legislative Committee is providing direction, but involvement by MCA members in the Key Doctor Program is critical for our success in the Minnesota Legislature.

Essential elements of the MCA Key Doctor Program include:

Recruiting at least one MCA member to serve as the Key Doctor in each legislative district in Minnesota.

Issues, problems and solutions
The MCA has developed a legislative agenda that includes key issues for this legislative session. The agenda can be found online at

Advocacy Resources
We provide opportunities, information and tools for MCA Key Doctors, other DCs, and chiropractic students who engage in grassroots advocacy, including:

  • Meeting in St. Paul on March 9th for MCA Day at the Capitol.
  • Developing policy briefs and talking-points related to specific legislation.
  • Alerting MCA members when bills are moving through the legislative committee process.
  • Conducting a 2016 legislative survey and passing along candidate responses to MCA Key Doctors.

Constituent contact
Assisting Key Doctors and other MCA members in securing meetings with lawmakers, both in their home districts and at the Capitol, and contacting them in other ways.

While getting organized and engaged in grassroots advocacy can seem daunting, the development and implementation of our plan has helped provide focus and motivate supporters. It is another useful key which puts organizations like MCA a step ahead and ultimately leads to success.

How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Patients During the Holidays

By Dr. Carrie Getzmeier

Maintain your work-life balance, allowing enough time for special events in and out of the office, by choosing in advance exactly how many and which events you are going to attend or participate in.

Pre-book self-care appointments for yourself so you aren’t feeling run down and unable to get the care you need. (Hint: get your regular adjustments on the calendar well in advance!)

Write in plenty of time on your calendar for personal time and family time so these highly important pieces don’t get squeezed out as the calendar fills up. If the slot is already filled with father-daughter time or cozy night at home (with a bath...and a book...and some candles), you can’t book it with a late night at the office or another holiday cocktail party.

Commit now to maintaining healthy habits. Go to each gathering and celebration with a plan in mind: “I will allow myself to enjoy one serving of ____________ (fill in the blank with your weakness).” Other ways to stave off unhealthy amounts of party treats include eating moderate amount of nutritionally balanced foods prior to leaving home for an event, or bringing a few discreet snacks in your bag (e.g., nuts, veggies, an apple). Arriving ravenous after a stressful day at work won’t help your will-power. Offering to bring a dish can give you a little more power over your menu for the event and ensure you’ll have a healthy option if needed.

Staying hydrated is still important even if it’s cold outside. Drink plenty of water and warm up with herbal teas. Skip the alcohol and sugar-laden beverages served at many events and opt for water or sparkling water. Your body, mind and emotions will thank you.

Don’t skimp on sleep ­— set your bedtime and stick to it. If you have to be out late for special events, don’t schedule more than two in one week and try to offset at least one of them with a nap.

Stay active — even if active means a snowball fight! Fit it in however you must, but don’t allow cold weather and tight schedules to deprive your body of this great defense. Exercise can be as simple as parking farther out (yes, even when it’s cold) so you have to take more steps to get in, choosing the stairs, or doing a round of high intensity interval training on your lunch break.

Give your body a boost with additional supplementation. Vitamin D, vitamin C, and herbs like reishi can do wonders to raise your immunity so you can avoid sick days.

Check out the quick workout on the following pages to keep yourself moving during this busy season!


2017 Convention Preview

Thursday, March 9
Professional Boundaries

Friday, March 10
Exhibit Hall Open
Featured Speaker Dr. Robert Silverman
Extremity Adjusting
Veteran Care
NCMIC Sessions
Keynote Address by Dr. Bill Moreau
Exhibitor Reception
Awards Banquet

Saturday, March 11
Exhibit Hall Open
CPR Certification Training
Gallup-Palmer Survey
NCMIC Sessions
Lunch and Annual Meeting
President’s Reception


MCA has reserved a block of rooms for attendees and exhibitors. Make reservations directly with the hotel. Refer to the MCA meeting when making your reservation.

Rates: $132 single/double
Room block cutoff date: February 16, 2017, or when the room block is filled, whichever is first.
Phone: (877) 303-1681

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