|Congress of Chiropractic State Associations
Resolution on National Unity
March 26, 2007
Dear COCSA Member Association Leaders:
The Board of Directors of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) met at Parker College in Dallas for our mid-year planning session on March 8-10, 2007. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini and his staff welcomed us with open arms to their beautiful campus and created an inspiring atmosphere in which to evaluate our goals and set a course of action to address the issues facing you, our member state associations.
Our discussions focused on how to help you address the needs of your member doctors. Currently, the profession faces challenges of national origin and scope that cry out for a unified approach towards resolution. Yet, the fractured nature of our national leadership offers no clear path for your association to take in dealing with the most pressing issues facing your members. Regrettably, in the absence of cohesive national leadership, your state association is left to grapple with these critical issues on an individual basis. The need for the chiropractic profession to speak with one voice has never been greater. The COCSA Board believes it is time to redesign the approach to leadership within the profession, and to that end, has drafted a Resolution for National Unity, which calls for the merger of the ACA and ICA.
Now that ACA and ICA leadership have been notified about this initiative and provided with a copy of the resolution (see below), we are now informing you, our member organizations, of this effort and seeking your support. The COCSA Board is asking each state association to ratify this resolution as a sign of solidarity and grassroots support for creating a single national voice for the chiropractic profession.
You and your leadership will no doubt have questions regarding the resolution, the discussions that led the COCSA Board to take such a bold initiative, and the steps your association can take to help ensure the success of this effort. COCSA district directors will be hosting conference calls in the next few weeks, and we encourage all interested leaders within your organization to participate. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact a member of the COCSA board. (See Board of Directors for contact information.)
In the words of former President Harry S. Truman, "You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit." Let us build a powerful national association that is the single voice for chiropractic and overcome the challenges that face our profession.
I look forward to speaking to you in the near future regarding this initiative.
Yours in chiropractic,
R. Jerry DeGrado, DC
Congress of Chiropractic State Associations
Resolution on National Unity
Whereas, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) represents 58 state chiropractic associations nationwide which, in turn, represent the vast majority of doctors of chiropractic throughout the United States; and,
Whereas, it is the mission of COCSA to provide an open, nonpartisan forum for the promotion and advancement of the chiropractic profession through service to our member state associations; and,
Whereas, the advancement of the chiropractic profession is dependent upon resolution of issues of national scope; and,
Whereas, the chiropractic profession has two competing national associations, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the International Chiropractors Association (ICA); and,
Whereas, the existence of the two competing national associations has prevented the chiropractic profession from speaking with one national voice; and,
Whereas, the existence of the two competing national associations has resulted in lost opportunities for the chiropractic profession and its patients; and,
Whereas, the existence of the two competing national associations has resulted in duplication of effort, needless waste of precious chiropractic resources and perceived disunity of the chiropractic profession; and,
Whereas, the conflict resulting from the existence of two competing national associations serves as an impediment to the advancement of the chiropractic profession; and,
Whereas, COCSA has spent a decade attempting to facilitate unity between the ACA and the ICA with unsatisfactory results; and,
Whereas, the disunity between the ACA and the ICA is impairing COCSA's ability to serve its state association members; and,
Whereas, the political and economic challenges facing the chiropractic profession have become too great and its adversaries have become too strong to justify the continued existence of two competing national associations;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the board of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) demands that the ACA and the ICA set aside their philosophical and political differences and begin the process of merger for the greater purpose of creating a single national voice for the chiropractic profession.
Be it further resolved, that COCSA will merge its functions with the resulting new association for the purpose of creating a single national voice for the chiropractic profession.
Be it further resolved, that COCSA will offer whatever mediation, facilitation or other support services necessary for creating a new unified national association.
Be it further resolved, that COCSA urges the ACA and the ICA to begin immediate action toward merger with a target completion date of January 1, 2010.
Be it further resolved, that COCSA will not relent in its pursuit of a single national voice for the chiropractic profession.
Approved by Congress of Chiropractic State Associations Board of Directors
March 10, 2007