October 1999 AAOS Report

Ask Clinton to name Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010

AAOS is encouraging orthopaedic surgeons to contact President Clinton, and urge him to issue a proclamation designating 2000-2010 as the Bone and Joint Decade in the United States. A tear-off postcard has been inserted in the October issue of the Bulletin, which makes it easy to mail a message. Members, their associates and their patients also can use a toll-free telephone service (888) 671-4900. This service allows individuals to fax a message to the president or be connected directly to the White House. Personal letters to the president also are encouraged. Individuals can call or write to their congressional representatives to ask them to contact the White House. State representatives can be asked to approve a proclamation in individual states. The AAOS department of health policy is sending an information packet to all members of the Board of Councilors, asking them to contact their legislators to approve similar proclamations. The AAOS has developed a Bone and Joint slide set which will be available on a loan basis and a traveling exhibit that members can use to promote the Bone and Joint Decade. For information about the slide or exhibit, contact Brenda Welborn at (800) 384-2267, ext. 4182. An internet site, http://www.usbjd.org/, provides the latest information about the Bone and Joint Decade, including a PowerPoint presentation that can be downloaded and modified for personal use.

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