While the students and faculty of Palmer Chiropractic College in San Jose are grateful of their participation in this year's "Turkey Trot, they are proud to celebrate the honor their college president received.
"Our participation in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day was amazing and a great way to help support our community," said Chuck Bustillos, Communications Director at the college. "And, with our 25-segment Spine providing ‘the backbone’ of the event, our Sports Council providing sports care services for participants, along with our sponsorship, Palmer College has been a proud part of the Turkey Trot tradition for the past four years," he added.
Yet, even more important to the college and to the entire profession of chiropractic itself was the recognition of merit the president, Dr. William Meeker of Palmer Chiropractic College West, received.
The Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) honored Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., for more than 20 years of “outstanding service and leadership” to the CHC by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition, held Oct. 27-31 in San Francisco.
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At APHA's 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco at Moscone Center, Oct. 27-31. (Photo by Michele Late/The Nation's Health/APHA)
Dr. Meeker is the president of Palmer College’s West Campus here in San Jose, which was established in 1980 as the California branch campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the founding chiropractic college in the profession, which began in 1897.
The APHA, founded in 1872, represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. The Chiropractic Health Care Section of the APHA was founded in 1995 – and remains the only APHA section whose official name includes the words “health” and “care.”
The CHC’s multidisciplinary membership reflects a diverse cross section of health care professionals in addition to D.C.s, and it has maintained a critical role in public health issues such as wellness, health promotion and disease prevention in the context of chiropractic policies and practices.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding service and leadership in relation to chiropractic and public health, and requires membership in the CHC section for at least 15 years. Dr. Meeker has devoted much of his 30-year career to advancing chiropractic’s presence and elevating its voice in the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.
“I am very proud of this award because of what it symbolizes,” said Dr. Meeker, who has been involved with the CHC since 1985 and received its Distinguished Service Award in 1997. “This award represents the collective efforts of many dedicated people, who worked so hard for so many years and shared a common goal of giving the chiropractic profession its well-deserved status as an APHA Section.”
Dr. Meeker received many accolades from his colleagues in conjunction with this prestigious award. “Dr. Meeker has served as a role model for younger members of the Section, and through his leadership and collective contributions, which include co-editing the first public health textbook specifically for chiropractors, has inspired other D.C.s to recognize the importance of getting involved in public health,” said Dr. Bart Green, chair of the CHC awards committee.
“Dr. Meeker’s mentorship has led to positive career trajectories for many scholars and researchers within the chiropractic profession, particularly within the CHC,” Dr. Green added. “He continues to support the efforts of researchers and other scholars, not only at Palmer’s West Campus, but at other institutions, due to his interest and commitment to advancing the chiropractic profession.”
Before chiropractic earned its current status as an official section, Dr. Meeker was involved with helping to facilitate the profession’s initial involvement with the APHA via creation of the Chiropractic Forum. At one point, this special primary interest group, chartered in 1983, topped more than 500 members, making it one of the largest special interest groups in APHA history.
“Every practicing chiropractor can feel proud that he or she has a voice in the health care conversation that will, once again, dominate much of President Obama’s second term in office,” said Dr. Meeker. “While many other health care disciplines are embracing wellness concepts with greater frequency, wellness has been the domain of the chiropractic profession for more than a century.”