November 2000 AAOS Report

Bone and Joint Decade convenes National Action Network

On Oct. 6, 2000, the AAOS met in Washington D.C. with a network of U.S. health organizations, including Shriners Hospitals, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, American Physical Therapy Association, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, American College of Rheumatology, American Geriatrics Society, American Osteopathic Association, Arthritis Foundation, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and American Chiropractic Association, to discuss a U.S. agenda for the Bone and Joint Decade. This effort is called the U.S. National Action Network (NAN). Each group reported on its own efforts to promote bone and joint health; together the gathering reached a consensus that the individual organizations have much in common, and that there is significant overlap of effort. They agreed to form an organizing committee to define the mission and vision of the NAN and to present the proposals to all organizations for their comments. Members would serve for two years on the organizing committee and would organize a steering committee. The AAOS agreed to serve as secretariat and central coordinator of the effort for up to two years. Stuart Weinstein, MD, who served as the meeting facilitator, will act as the official U.S. NAN representative at an international meeting in Oman this November.

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