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

                 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

    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

    Megan Mamarella
    212-679-3300 x136

SOURCE Movement is Life

Source: newswire

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