Advancing Osteoarthritis Awareness, Resources and Education

Spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and managed by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the OA Action Alliance is a coalition uniting stakeholders in arthritis, aging, public health, women’s and minority health, chronic disease prevention, physical activity, injury prevention, weight management and consumer affairs to change behaviors, improve awareness and promote positive policy change around the growing epidemic of osteoarthritis (OA). We need your participation to have the greatest impact.

As the first coalition uniting all OA constituencies, the newly formed OA Action Alliance has come together at a critical time. Today, OA affects more than 27 million adults in the US and nearly 4% of the population worldwide. OA costs the US health care system more than $22.6 billion annually in hospital costs alone. The true cost, in both financial and human terms, is much larger. OA is now the leading cause of disability in the US. Even more alarmingly, OA rates are expected to increase dramatically in the near future as baby boomers age and Americans become increasingly overweight and obese. Yet OA is not inevitable or untreatable. Prevention, delay or reduced impact is possible, relief is available, and more promising treatments are on the horizon.

By joining the OA Action Alliance your organization will:

Drive Meaningful Change

The Alliance is driven by the specific recommendations outlined in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis and collectively supports the aligned goals of member organizations. Together we are leveraging our collective reach, expertise and influence to promote real and positive change in a way that no one organization could achieve alone.

Foster Strategic Partnerships

Your organization will have the opportunity to build new strategic partnerships with leading public health organizations and experts and share insights, best practices and tools.

Elevate Your Organizational Profile

Your organization’s contributions will be featured in diverse campaign literature and on the Alliance website. In addition to elevating awareness of member organizations, the Alliance will collectively support member organizations’ missions and messages as relevant to the cause of OA.

Build Political Will

Your organization will be a part of a broad coalition of stakeholders working with policymakers to promote effective policy solutions designed to address the individual and national toll of OA and elevate OA to its rightful place on the national policy agenda.

There is an urgent need for action to reduce the burden of OA. Please join us.