It’s your decade…visit USBJD booth to show support
By Jill Elaine Hughes, MA
From the “roaring twenties” to the “swinging sixties,” a decade is not only easy to remember, it’s a manageable period to accomplish great goals. That was part of the thinking behind the Bone and Joint Decade, which, on an international basis, began in 2000 and, in the United States, lasts from 2002-2011.
“The goal of the Decade is to raise awareness of musculoskeletal conditions among the public, patient community, and government officials,” according to Kimberly J. Templeton, MD, chair of the new AAOS U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) Committee. “One of the primary goals of the Committee will be to raise awareness of the Decade and its goals among Academy members.”
“A primary goal of the Committee should be to raise the Decade’s profile among Academy members,” agrees Toby King, executive director of the USBJD. “All members should be aware of the Decade, what it aims to do, what it is doing, and how it will benefit their patients and themselves.”
Picture your support
At the USBJD Committee booth, you’ll find a variety of educational and promotional materials about the Decade and its programs. The booth features audio-visual displays on the Decade and two of its primary physician-patient educational programs.
“Fit to a T is a public education program focusing on bone health, bone mineral density, and osteoporosis,” explains Dr. Templeton. “In addition, there’s the PB&J initiative, which doesn’t stand for peanut butter and jelly but for Protect your Bones and Joints, a program designed for teens and young adults.”
The booth also presents poster exhibits on the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on overall public health; free literature and newsletters about the Decade and its various programs; and an interactive photo exhibit called “It’s My Decade.”
“Visitors to the booth can show their commitment to the Decade by signing our banner and letting us take their picture to include it along side their signatures,” says Dr. Templeton.
The AAOS spearheaded the creation of the USBJD (2002-2011) beginning in 2000, when it formed the U.S. Steering Committee to establish the Decade in the United States. The Academy’s move followed the lead of the International BJD, which began in 2000 and has been endorsed by the governments of more than 60 countries.
Early AAOS staff and volunteer supporters of the Decade include Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, past president; Mark Wieting, chief education officer, and Lynne Dowling, international department.
The new USBJD Committee, established in 2006, replaces the former USBJD Project Team and is under the Council of Research, Quality, and Technology. The committee’s goal is to help raise the profile of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade and its mission throughout the Academy.
During National Action Week 2006, the following states adopted resolutions or issued gubernatorial declarations urging citizens to become more aware of bone and joint health and to organize activity to promote bone health education: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The USBJD was honored with the 2006 BJD International Award for Research Funding Relations, for its extraordinary initiative in developing a program that trains young U.S. and Canadian clinical investigators in how to obtain research grants for musculoskeletal science. The intiative, led by Nancy Lane, MD, current USBJD president, is a joint program with BJD Canada. Toby King, USBJD executive director, accepted the award on behalf of the USBJD at the BJD World Network Conference.
Jill Elaine Hughes is clinical quality improvement coordinator and the staff liaison to the AAOS USBJD Committee.