Is Arthritis Turning the United States Into a Sick and Disabled Nation?
September 15, 2010
BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ –
MOVEMENT IS LIFE: A National Summit on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities is a multi- disciplinary and cross-functional dialogue about musculoskeletal health disparities and the onset of osteoarthritis. Stakeholders engaged in the continuum of care for women and the country's largest racial/ethnic minority groups (African-Americans and Hispanics) will discuss topics including the physical and economic burden of arthritic pain and disability and the impact on chronic disease management; the role of cultural and social/ psychological factors; the crisis in the minority medical pipeline; patient activism; cultural competency and unconscious bias; the role of public policy and private WHAT: foundations, among other issues. Arthritis is the single greatest cause of chronic pain and disability among Americans and costs the nation more than $128 billion a year in medical care and lost earnings. More than 27 million Americans suffer from the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA), and almost 40 percent report activity and work limitations. Studies have shown that women, African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected by arthritis and have more severe pain and limitation. Despite these factors, WHY: arthritis is not widely discussed. WHO: A collaborative meeting presented by: ------------------------------------- American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons American Diabetes Association Arthritis Foundation Association of Black Cardiologists Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc. Black Women's Health Imperative Center for Urban Families Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses National Hispanic Council on Aging National Urban League Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society To Our Children's Future with Health, Inc. US Bone and Joint Decade W. Montague Cobb NMA Health Institute Doubletree Hotel Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, WHERE: MD (Near NIH Campuses) WHEN: September 20-21, 2010 HIGHLIGHTS: Monday, September 20 Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Health and Human 8:30 AM Services Secretary Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., Vice President, Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic 9:15 AM Studies Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., Dean at the University of 12:00 PM Connecticut School of Medicine Tuesday, September 21 1:00 PM Panel Discussion Featuring: Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Dr. Henry Giles, Director of the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC Jeffrey Lewis, President, Heinz Family Philanthropies
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