the Arthritis Foundation (AF) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) mobilized a multitude of stakeholders, concerned about arthritis, to form the OA Action Alliance (OAAA).
the OAAA developed the Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults with Arthritis to incite six key public sectors to examine their physical environments and workplace cultures to identify ways in which access to physical activity could be improved among their employees, users and the general public. This guide was developed into an online Implementation Guide.
management of OAAA activities transferred from the AF to the Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The coalition had over 30 member organizations working collectively to advance the recommendations outlined in The National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (2010), or the OA Agenda.
a strategic planning meeting was held on April 8 to revise the vision and mission statements and finalize five overarching goals to promote widespread public health dissemination of the four intervention strategies outlined in the 2010 OA Agenda (self-management education, injury prevention, physical activity and weight management).
Subsequently, the organization underwent a restructuring process to develop new working groups around the five overarching goals and to elect new leadership for the working groups and steering committee. New working groups targeted audiences including policymakers at all levels, community organizations, healthcare systems and providers, and people with OA along with their caregivers and family; and key strategies around OA prevention.