Working Hard, Playing Harder
Jud Richland, MPH, CEO
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
by: Jud Richland, MPH, CEO

Section: ED Update

Colorado - Where the columbines grow

It's been quite a month in the Richland household. A couple of weeks ago I happily attended my daughter’s college graduation.  It was the culmination of lots of hard work during her first twenty-one years. Then, just this week, I attended my son’s high school graduation. One of the speakers, quoting Walt Disney, said “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  And, I thought of Colorado.

This month legislation was enacted in Colorado allowing NDs to practice legally in the state.  This was also the pinnacle of a lot of hard work.  In fact, the fight for legislation in Colorado has been going on since before my children were born.  That helped put things in perspective for me.
. . . All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them . . .

I’ve heard about the truly stunning sacrifices that many people have made to advance legislation in Colorado and I’m well aware of the many obstacles that have interfered with their licensure efforts. Patience, persistence, and passion prevailed.

Colorado's experience teaches us a lesson about determination.  Hopefully other states that are in the midst of difficult and frustrating battles for licensure will learn from  be inspired by Colorado's achievement.  The process is not easy.  It has ups and downs, and it should not be expected to get it done in one or two years.  In the end, through hard work and perseverance, success will come.
I must say that it is especially considerate of our Coloradan sistren and brethren to wait until 2013 to finally get legislation enacted.  I’m sure they wanted to wait until AANP was bringing its annual conference to "Where the Columbines Grow." There’s nothing like giving people a good reason to party!  Our intent is to be a phenomenal guest and have a fabulous time.

There are numerous fun activities planned for our time at Keystone!  Hundreds of members have spoken up, our Board has deliberated, and the unveiling of a new AANP tagline awaits. (More important than the tagline itself are our continuing efforts – and yours – to ramp up messaging about NDs and to support your efforts to market your practices and the profession.)

I know that unveiling a new tagline sounds like a blast, and, hey, there’s more!  I’m  sure you’ve heard our pitch by now that there’s lots to do in Keystone and that it’s a great place for a family vacation.  Have no doubt, it’s true!  Biking, hiking, rafting, golfing, nature walks…’s all waiting for you to come and enjoy. By the way, AANP President Mike Cronin has promised to lead some early morning biking expeditions, both for beginners and experts.

Bottom line - there is lots to celebrate and lots to do in Colorado.  I encourage you to come to Keystone July 10-13 to get your hugs, reconnect with the naturopathic family, exercise your dancing shoes, thank the Colorado leaders for what they’ve done for the profession, and (not least of all) to have the time of your life.

See you soon!
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