May 2001 AAOS Report

Bone and Joint Decade steering committee developing goals

The development of goals, objectives and action plans for the National Action Network (NAN) of the Bone and Joint Decade was set in motion on April 27, 2001 at a meeting of the NAN organizing committee, chaired by Stuart L. Weinstein, MD. The overall goals and objectives are to raise awareness of musculoskeletal disorders and the burden they impose on society in the United States, empower patients to participate in their own care, promote cost effective prevention and treatments and to increase research funding and recruitment of clinical and basic investigators. The concepts will be circulated for refinement to member-organizations of the NAN steering committee. "We are excited about the broad-based participation in the Decade, and our plans are coming together," said Dr. Weinstein, who also noted that Bone and Joint Decade week worldwide will be in mid-October. Neil Birnbaum, MD, American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and Andrew Guccione, PhD, American Physical Therapy Association (ATPA), led discussions on the NAN organizing principles and administration. Members decided the NAN organizing committee would function as a steering committee. Participating in the discussions were Paula Stern, PhD, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research; Boyd Bowden, DO, American Osteopathic Association; Peter Armstrong, MD, Shriners Hospitals/Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; John Wilson, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Connie Herndon, ACR.

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