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Of the nearly 2 million women Veterans, approximately 800,000 (40%) are enrolled with VA Healthcare System, but just over 50% have not accessed their disability benefits.
-National Council on Aging

In This Issue

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

Happy Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and the OA Action Alliance would like to thank all those who previously served and currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Arthritis is the second leading cause of discharge from the military, affecting one in three Veterans. A Call to Action for Military VeteransPost-traumatic arthritis develops in approximately half of all cases of traumatic joint injury. Research suggests that reasons for the increased prevalence of arthritis among military personnel include stress placed on joints during military training activities, higher injury rates, and increased weight of military packs.

To help bring more attention to this issue, the OA Action Alliance partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to create an Action Brief on Osteoarthritis in the Military. If you are current military personnel and consider yourself a tactical athlete, check out this Arthritis Foundation OACS Forum Series recording on the Impact of Osteoarthritis in Military Personnel and Veterans. Finally, take a minute to listen to Farron Dozier as he shares his arthritis story and encourages other Veterans to find a treatment path that works for them. This video was created in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation and Alliance for Balanced Pain Management.

Through life you’re going to go through ups and downs but, at the end of the day, [those challenges are] just minor [compared] to what I was doing in the military and the people that I’ve met.
Celena Adams-Locke

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).

American Chronic Pain AssociationMany of our Veterans are returning home with life-changing injuries. Chronic pain is one of the major obstacles to returning to a full life. In this 4-part “Veterans in Pain Series”, the American Chronic Pain Association explores the coping skills needed to deal with ongoing pain.

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • The Guardian: ‘I miss eating’-The truth behind the weight loss drug that makes food repulsive (11/9/2022)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “Overcoming fear of movement in osteoarthritis” (11/6/2022)
  • The Back Pain Podcast has posted a new podcast on the topic “The Worst Advice For Someone With Back Pain” (11/3/2022)
  • La Conexion USA: #ENVIDEO Lanzan Portal “Camine Con Gusto” (11/2/2022)
  • Association for Athletic Training Education: One AT’s research agenda-Understanding OA (11/1/2022)
  • November issue of Tai Chi for Health Institute newsletter has been released (10/31/2022)
  • American Council on Exercise: The high cost of physical inactivity (10/31/2022)
  • Center for Health, Work & Environment: The future of Total Worker Health® training (10/26/2022)
  • Arthritis Action: Cost of living (10/26/2022)
  • CreakyJoints: Osteoporosis and arthritis-What you need to know (10/20/2022)
  • UNC Health: Prescribed opioid painkillers? Ask these questions (10/19/2022)



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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!

Events, Funding, and More

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