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FAQs … About ChiroCongress Membership


What are the goals and mission statement of the ChiroCongress?

The ChiroCongress mission statement is to provide an open, nonpartisan forum for the advancement of the chiropractic profession through service to member state associations. Goals to support this mission are established each year at the annual board planning meeting.  2018 Goals.  Congress was established in 1969.  2018-2019 Strategic Plan


Why should our association become a member of the ChiroCongress?

The true value of ChiroCongress membership can best be summed up in one word—networking—networking at the annual convention and through the use of the ChiroCongress’s communications systems which include email broadcast, the newsletter, our web site, our listserve, and direct mail. While state laws, economies and regional practice styles differ, the basic challenges faced by state chiropractic associations are the same. The ChiroCongress provides a forum for state associations to learn from each other—what trends and challenges are sweeping the country, what has or has not worked in other states in dealing with these challenges and what types of projects have been successful in other states which could be duplicated in your own.


In addition to providing cutting edge information on chiropractic and association management issues, the ChiroCongress continues to develop a Resource Center through which associations can obtain products and services to assist them with increasing their own member benefits and non-dues revenues. As the organization which represents the largest number of chiropractors through our member associations, we are positioned to negotiate deals with companies that individual associations cannot. We feel this is a valuable service, especially for smaller associations, and could easily defray the cost of ChiroCongress dues.


Does the ChiroCongress sponsor meetings?

The Congress holds an annual convention every year in November. This meeting generally begins on Thursday after elections and ends on Saturday afternoon. The focus of the program is to provide training for elected leaders and paid staff on how to more effectively manage the association. The meeting also features updates on chiropractic issues at the state and national levels and provides a forum for discussion of trends in the association and chiropractic industries.

In addition to the annual meeting, the ChiroCongress also sponsors the annual National Chiropractic Leadership Forum, where we bring chiropractic’s national organizations to the table in an effort to foster unified leadership for the chiropractic profession.


Who does the ChiroCongress represent?

Over fifty associations are currently active members of the ChiroCongress. These associations run the gambit from large to small and represent a wide range of philosophical backgrounds.


What has the ChiroCongress accomplished?

While resources are limited, the ChiroCongress has been successful in reaching our stated mission through a variety of projects. Some of our accomplishments are outlined below:

  • The ChiroCongress has been the driving force for chiropractic unity. Our efforts have lead to the formation of the National Chiropractic Leadership Forum through which chiropractic’s national organizations meet annually to develop shared visions and goals, and we recently initiated similar efforts on the state level.
  • The ChiroCongress assists member associations with increasing their seminar and convention revenues through the Foot Levelers Grant Program and NCMIC State Association Speakers Program, which provide free speakers to member state associations.
  • The ChiroCongress assists member associations with their efforts to provide quality continuing education programs through the publication of a speaker’s directory, Resource Guide to Speakers.
  • The ChiroCongress has developed a secure Internet environment through which state associations can exchange information.
  • The ChiroCongress has developed a Resource Center through which member associations can obtain products and services to enhance their revenues and member benefits and assist them with their legislative and public relations efforts.
  • What does it cost to become a member of the ChiroCongress? The cost of membership is $500 per year for active member associations and $400 per year for associate member associations. Criteria for regular members are as follows: A state organization which has been chartered or incorporated for at least two years in the state it represents, holds regularly schedule elections of its officers at least every three years, and maintains a membership of at least 100 state licensed chiropractic or at least 20% of the state’s licensed doctors, whichever is less. Associate member associations do not carry a vote and may be state, county or regional chiropractic organizations which do not qualify for active membership as outlined above.

 How does our association join the ChiroCongress?

Print and complete the Chiropractic Organization Application and send it to along with a copy of your organization's Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, a list of your association’s in-state chiropractic members (this information will not be distributed outside the COCSA office), and a list of your officers with contact information. Your application will be reviewed by the ChiroCongress Membership Committee with final approval given by the ChiroCongress Board of Directors.  If you have any questions, please contact ChiroCongress at or 503.922.2933. 



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