Is Arthritis Turning the United States Into a Sick and Disabled Nation?

Is Arthritis Turning the United States Into a Sick and Disabled Nation?

National Summit addresses growing public health crisis: disparities in musculoskeletal health and arthritis affecting women and racial/ethnic minorities


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Is Arthritis Turning the United States Into a Sick and Disabled Nation

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    BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 15
/PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

 

   
WHAT:

   
MOVEMENT IS LIFE: A
National Summit on Arthritis and 
Musculoskeletal

   
Health Disparities is a
multi-disciplinary and cross-functional dialogue about musculoskeletal health
disparities and the onset of osteoarthritis. Stakeholders engaged in the
continuum of care for women and the countrys largest racial/ethnic minority
groups (African-Americans and Hispanics) will discuss topics including the
physical and economic burden of arthritic pain and disability and the impact on
chronic disease management; the role of cultural and social/ psychological
factors; the crisis in the minority medical pipeline; patient activism;
cultural competency and unconscious bias; the role of public policy and private
foundations, among other issues.

 

   
Arthritis is the single
greatest cause of chronic pain and disability among Americans and costs the
nation more than $128 billion a year in medical care and lost earnings. More
than 27 million Americans suffer from the most common form of arthritis,
osteoarthritis (OA), and almost 40

percent report activity and work limitations. Studies have shown
that women, African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected by
arthritis and have more severe pain and limitation. Despite these factors,
arthritis is not widely discussed.

 

   
WHO:

   
A collaborative meeting
presented by:

   

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American Association of
Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons

   
American Diabetes
Association

 
  
Arthritis Foundation

   
Association of Black
Cardiologists

   
Association of Minority
Health Professions Schools, Inc.

   
Black Womens Health
Imperative

   
Center for Urban
Families

   
Full Gospel Baptist
Church Fellowship International

   
J. Robert Gladden
Orthopaedic Society

   
National Association of
Orthopaedic Nurses

   
National Hispanic
Council on Aging

   
National Urban League

   
Ruth Jackson
Orthopaedic Society

   
To Our Childrens
Future with Health, Inc.

   
US Bone and Joint
Decade

   
W. Montague Cobb NMA
Health Institute

 

   
WHERE:

   
Doubletree Hotel
Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda,

   
MD (Near NIH Campuses)

 

   
WHEN:

   
September 20-21, 2010

 

   
HIGHLIGHTS:

   
Monday, September 20

 

   
8:30 AM      Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former U.S.
Health and Human

                
Services
Secretary

                
Brian D.
Smedley, Ph.D., Vice President, Health Policy

   
9:15 AM      Institute of the Joint Center for
Political and Economic

      
          
Studies

   
12:00 PM     Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., Dean at the
University of

                

Connecticut School of Medicine

 

   
Tuesday, September 21

 

   
1:00 PM     Panel Discussion Featuring:

               
Stephen I.
Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute

               
of
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:

               
Dr. Henry
Giles, Director of the Division of Adult and

               
Community
Health, National Center for Chronic Disease

      
         
Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

               
Jeffrey
Lewis, President, Heinz Family Philanthropies

 

   
Contact:

   
Megan Mamarella

   
212-679-3300 x136

   

mmamarella@ricochetpr.com

 

SOURCE  Movement is Life

Is Arthritis Turning the United States Into a Sick and Disabled Nation?