Chiropractic Shows Strength at State Capitol
Unprecedented 150 chiropractic advocates join forces at Day on the Hill
From Johnson City to Memphis, Paris to Athens, and everywhere in between – chiropractic physicians, assistants and family members of all ages showed the strength of chiropractic in force yesterday at the State Capitol! Joining together, they brought a unified message on issues impacting the profession and all Tennesseans.
A huge thank you goes out to the 150 chiropractic advocates who took time to participate in Chiropractic Day on the Hill and made this year’s participation one for the record books!
As a result of your efforts, there were more than 67 connections made with state lawmakers who will vote on chiropractic issues!
TCA President Dr. R.J. Crawford and TCA E.D. Tiffany Stevens led the morning briefing and legislative luncheon at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. TCA Lobbyists John Williams and Alexanderia Honeycutt Gambrell provided additional insights on chiropractic agenda items in preparation for the day’s appointments and supported constituents in their meetings.
Deepest appreciation goes to Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Speaker Beth Harwell, and Chairman Cameron Sexton who took time to come and speak to our group on issues impacting the profession, including ways that chiropractic can help our state address the opioid epidemic.
Several members of TCA leadership and experienced participants went above and beyond to assist others in their appointments, including Immed. Past Pres. Dr. Andrew Dixon, TCA VP Dr. Brock Martin, TCA Past Presidents Dr. Shannon Bone, Dr. Cole Hosenfeld, Dr. Beth Barnett, and Dr. Michael Massey as well as Dr. Crawford, District II Director Dr. Darrell Johnson, District V Director Dr. Alison Davidson, District IX Director Dr. Richard Cole, and so many more. We are sincerely grateful for their willingness to step in wherever needed to make sure all had a positive experience!
Legislative appointments were a key aspect of the day, forging stronger connections between chiropractic constituents and their legislators. These relationships are invaluable to the future of the profession in Tennessee, and the knowledge gained from these conversations is also critical in our current campaigns.
With our “Choose Chiropractic Care First” ads featured in The Tennessean twice, the week leading up to Day on the Hill, legislators were already aware of our call for inclusion in any language or requirement that discourages opioids as a first-line therapy for chronic pain and better utilizes chiropractic care.
Professional Issue Briefs highlighting key bills, including the Physical Therapy Direct Access Bill, were provided for participants to use in their legislative appointments. These are also available under “Advocacy” on the TCA Members Only website for those who were unable to participate this year.
This show of strength is a testament to the dedication and passion that is alive within our profession across the state. With participants there from ages 8 months to 92 years old, it was an incredible day for chiropractic!
We encourage all those who did not attend to make plans to come next year. In the words of Dr. Todd Davidson of Smyrna, TN, “Getting a better understanding of how to communicate properly with our legislators is very important. One unified voice, when every legislator hears the same message, it helps to clarify our profession. If you have not attended Chiropractic Day on the Hill because you just don’t know what to expect, don’t worry. You will be well taken care of through the entire process. I learn more about the legislative process every time!”
If you participated in Day on the Hill, be sure to return your Legislative Appointment Response Form to the TCA office if you have not already done so. These are important in our advocacy efforts!
Why do we need a Day on the Hill? What if No One Was There?
The TCA encourages informed and active participation in government, with the aim to ensure that chiropractic physician voices are part of political dialogue on issues impacting the profession. Far too often in the development of public policy, the needs and concerns of those that are affected are overshadowed by statistical data, political speechifying and high-profile jockeying among powerful special interests. Doctors of chiropractic must get involved in the discussions that directly affect you. Without your voice, others will be speaking for you.
Chiropractic Day on “the Hill” is the one day out of the year that the TCA asks ALL Tennessee chiropractic physicians, spouses, and staff members to come to the state capitol in Nashville, meet with their legislators, and talk about matters affecting chiropractic.
With Thousands of bills presented in each General Assembly, many of which impact you and your practice. This is your CHANCE to make sure your voice is heard! Watch for information on next year’s event.