An Interview with Nick Turkas, Senior Director of Patient Education and Community Connections
Nick Turkas is a Senior Director of Patient Education and Community Connections with the Arthritis Foundation, who he has worked with since 2007. He co-authored the “Osteoarthritis Public Agenda” (2020) and authored the Aging in Action Newsletter for the Virginia Center on Aging (2012). He is the recipient of the Chapter Program Staff Professional Achievement Award by the Arthritis Foundation. Nick works within the foundation to develop and execute overall patient education and health promotion strategies focused on the needs of patients, supported by research.
1. What is your organization’s interest in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance? The Arthritis Foundation supports the OA Action Alliance’s goal to increase attention to OA and provide resources for patients, healthcare providers and public health professionals.
2. What is a headline you’d like to see about osteoarthritis in five years? “Osteoarthritis Cured Discovered!”
3. What do you think is the most important issue today related to osteoarthritis? The two key issues are prevention through healthy weight and physical activity and identifying viable medical treatments to treat OA.
4. How does your work connect to issues in osteoarthritis? The prevention, management, and cure of OA is central to the Arthritis Foundation.
5. What is one interesting fact you’d like people to know about your organization? Our Connect (support) Groups are available online and in-person. We’ve recently added new groups that meet to discuss a specific topic or share a common identity.