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The following is a partial list of our DEI efforts. Stay tuned…there is a lot more to come!
UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and OA Action Alliance

In This Issue

  • DEI Efforts of the 140+ Member Organizations of the OAAA
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in OA

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, racial identities, gender identities, and socioeconomic statuses. It is estimated that over 32.5 million U.S. adults have OA, exemplifying the need for diverse health professionals that can relate to the patient populations they serve. As early detection of the signs and symptoms of OA can better equip providers and patients in selecting the most appropriate management pathways for the disease, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in healthcare plays a direct role in impacting patient health outcomes and influencing a person’s quality of life. Before looking closer at DEI in the management of OA, let us define what diversity, equity, and inclusion means:

Diversity – The presence of differences that may include race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, disability, age, religion, and political perspective.
Equity – Promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems.
Inclusion – Ensuring those that are diverse feel welcomed, and the degree to which diverse individuals can participate fully in the decision-making process and development of opportunities within an organization.

Osteoarthritis: A Leading Cause of DisabilityEnsuring DEI initiatives are emphasized in healthcare organizations allow providers and health systems to better reflect the communities they serve, improve cultural competency, and reduce health disparities. The expansion of DEI initiatives regarding OA can take various forms. Some popular initiatives adopted by healthcare organizations include:

  • Promoting inclusive public policies that remove obstacles towards all adults with OA leading healthy lives.
  • Low-cost pain management options such as exercise classes, physical therapy, or educational material to minimize socioeconomic barriers to treatment for OA.
  • Uplifting grassroots/minority voices to allow a multitude of stories to be shared, while subsequently reaching a wider audience of individuals with OA.
  • Recruiting under-represented minorities to work in healthcare organizations.
  • Working with specific under-represented populations to identify and remove barriers to seeking equitable treatment for OA.
  • Appointing DEI subcommittees to keep organizations accountable for meeting goals related to DEI.
  • Conducting inclusive research to represent various patient populations.

To get real diversity of thought, you need to find the people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation.
Adam Grant

DEI Efforts of the 140+ Member Organizations of the OAAA

In each newsletter, we will feature an OAAA member organization’s efforts in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

National Council on Aging logoSenior centers are playing a key role in supporting LGBTQ older adults especially during a time of heightened social isolation and loneliness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCOA discusses five key strategies which may help senior centers better support LGBTQ older adults.

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • Booming Encore: There are some great reasons to hire older workers (7/6/2022)
  • Healio: Black patients with serious illness receive worse pain management, poor communication (7/6/2022)
  • Arthritis Research Canada: The Summer edition of The Arthritis Newsletter has been released (7/5/2022)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “The volume of joint replacement surgeries is not sustainable” (7/3/2022)
  • July issue of Tai Chi for Health Institute newsletter has been released (7/1/2022)
  • Future of Personal Health: Could your joint pain be osteoarthritis? (6/30/2022)
  • The Back Pain Podcast has posted a new podcast on the topic “Managing Lower Back Pain and Sciatica” (6/30/2022)
  • The Hill: America’s newest national security threat – Obesity (6/28/2022)
  • Healio: Patients with osteoarthritis who walk for exercise less likely to develop new knee pain (6/22/2022)
  • Versus Arthritis: Tips for travelling with arthritis (6/20/2022)
  • NCOA: The Medicare annual wellness visit: Opportunities for the aging network (6/15/2022)



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Resources for OA Researchers

Click the button below to access our regularly updated list of Events and Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Webinars, and Announcements related to Osteoarthritis research. Remember to bookmark this website!

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