Throughout a career that spans over 35-years, Charles Sawyer has been a leader in the chiropractic profession and a member of the faculty and administration at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. During much of that time, he was intimately involved in clinical education and, while serving as Northwestern’s Provost from 2002 through 2008, Dr. Sawyer provided administrative oversight for the institution’s clinical services and academic and clinical research programs. It was during this same period that the University developed relationships with health systems, hospitals and non-profit social service agencies within the Twin Cities area for the purpose of providing complementary and integrative health care to patients, and diverse clinical experiences for students.
Dr. Sawyer has delivered numerous presentations at both national and international conferences including those at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota School of Medicine and the American Public Health Association.
In his role as Senior Vice President, Dr. Sawyer has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Legislative Committee of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, the Community Advisory Committee of the Minneapolis Salvation Army Harbor Light Center and the Community Leadership Team for the Bloomington-Edina-Richfield Statewide Health Improvement Program. He is also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and serves on the board of the advocacy organization Health Care for All Minnesota.
In 2010 he worked with two other colleagues from Northwestern to establish the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy which has an interest in advancing complementary and integrative health care, and assisting students and graduates of the University in responding to the new opportunities and responsibilities that are emerging as a result of healthcare reform.