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The ACR and Simple Tasks™ have created The 2022 Rheumatic Disease Report Card to help answer the question “How easy is it to live with rheumatic disease in my state?”

In This Issue

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

September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month

This September we recognize Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM), a national awareness event sponsored by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and its public awareness campaign, Simple Tasks™. RDAM was created to raise awareness of the 100+ conditions under the umbrella of rheumatic disease, including osteoarthritis (OA).

Why OA MattersTo address the high prevalence of OA and its rising health impact and growing economic consequences, the OA Action Alliance partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation to issue A National Public Health Agenda for OA: 2020 Update. The Agenda was developed by leading experts and features nine strategies to improve health and quality of life among millions of Americans with OA. To further facilitate uptake and implementation of these strategies, companion “Action Briefs” were written for seven sectors critical to helping reduce the burden of OA:

  • Health professionals
  • Employers
  • Insurers
  • Community-based organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Healthcare system leaders
  • Public health professionals
Each brief outlines important information about OA and relevant, compelling data to make the case for Why OA Matters to members of each sector. RDAM is a prime opportunity to raise awareness about OA and the urgent need to reduce its burden.
In addition to RDAM, September is also Pain Awareness Month. Because pain is the #1 challenge people with arthritis face, The OA Action Alliance is proud to support the Arthritis Foundation’s efforts in helping individuals with arthritis treat and manage chronic pain so they can live their best life. The Arthritis Foundation offers an abundance of tips, resources, and support for those impacted by arthritis. Learn more at
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Bob Marley

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).

Arthritis Foundation logoLive Yes! Connect Groups offer connections, education, and empowerment. This online group serves the LGBTQIA members of our arthritis community seeking family inside the arthritis community. We invite all to the rainbow table for support, education, robust programming, expert speakers, and camaraderie!

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis



9/21 Lunch & Learn

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!

Events, Funding, and More

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