About the Alliance
The Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance is a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This coalition is committed to elevating OA as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA. In addition, the OA Action Alliance, with the public health community, is working to ensure people with OA have the access, skills and capacity to benefit from effective and proven interventions.
A world where adults are not limited by osteoarthritis (OA)
To improve lives by elevating OA as a health priority and leading the dissemination of innovative evidence-based solutions
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
The OAAA values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strives to support all people with the tools to improve their health. The OAAA recognizes that there is inequity in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of OA. We believe that everyone deserves access to appropriate treatment, and we are working to reduce barriers to care for individuals with osteoarthritis.
- Invoke policymakers at all levels in all sectors (e.g., lawmakers, businesses, school officials, community leaders) to make OA a public health priority as reflected in policy decisions and funding allocations;
- Foster communities to build capacity to prevent or manage OA by disseminating information and resources about effective community interventions (e.g., evidence-based interventions, environmental and policy changes) and supporting implementation of these interventions;
- Mobilize health systems and health care professionals to proactively identify and comprehensively address OA in their clinical care (e.g., decision prompts, pain management, physical activity as a vital sign, referral to community-based programs);
- Engage individuals with OA, their family/friends and caregivers with strategies to minimize disease progression and optimize quality of life through effective clinical and self-management strategies (e.g., physical activity, movement, weight management, and self-management education);
- Prevent the onset of OA through effective injury prevention and weight management strategies.