November 1999 AAOS Report

Bone and Joint committee plans action network

Eighteen musculoskeletal-related organizations attended a Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) "steering committee" meeting in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 8, where a plan of action was developed for a National Action Network. Following a presentation by Lawrence S. Hoffheimer, executive director and founder of the National Foundation for Brain Research and one of the primary forces behind the Decade of the Brain 1990-1999, the steering committee decided to form a 501 (c)(3) not-for profit foundation. The steering committee resolved that any organization endorsing the goals of the Bone and Joint Decade will be able to pursue its own goals and activities for the decade without approval from the National Action Network board. The immediate goal of the network is to encourage President Clinton to issue a proclamation designating 2000-2010 the Bone and Joint Decade in the United States. To ask the president to issue the proclamation, use the tear-off postcard in the October issue of the Bulletin, write a personal letter to the president at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20550 or use the toll-free telephone service (888) 671-4900 to fax a message or be connected to the White House. Orthopaedists also are encouraged to seek declarations of the Bone and Joint Decade through their state legislators. Texas and Missouri have declared 2000-2010 the Bone and Joint Decade. For more information on the Bone and Joint Decade see

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