A Note from the Chair
Last month on September 19th, we had our annual Strategic Planning meeting. It was wonderful to meet new faces and hear everyone’s great ideas. Our focus this year was sustainability for the OAAA. With the growing prevalence of osteoarthritis, we want to continue raising awareness and providing impactful resources and education well into the future. I’m excited to put our sustainability plan into action this year! Our StandUp2OA campaign that was launched in May is continuing to reach thousands of people. This campaign has gained a lot of attention from many different organizations and we hope to develop new partnerships in the near future. We appreciate your support in spreading the word about this campaign. Be sure to post your selfie or video on how YOU Stand Up 2 OA! Check out Co-Chair, Jeff Driban’s video on how he Stands Up 2 OA and remember to use the hashtag #StandUp2OA.
Our workgroups have some exciting projects in the works. With funding from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the Healthcare Systems and Providers workgroup is developing an educational toolkit to encourage pharmacist to identify patients with osteoarthritis and refer them to evidence-based programs in the community. Our Weight Management task group submitted a manuscript entitled “Exercise prescription for management of weight and osteoarthritis in young and middle-aged adults: synthesis from a systematic review.” This is an important contribution to further the connection between osteoarthritis and obesity and to encourage safe, effective engagement in physical activity. I am looking forward to the end products of these new projects and excited to see the impact they will have for increasing awareness and education about osteoarthritis!
Laura L. Payne, PhD
Chair, Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
OAAA Strategic Planning Meeting on September 19, 2018.
A beautiful day in Chapel Hill, NC with our Steering Committee, Workgroup members, Members-At-Large, and OAAA Friends
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Whether you are a member or just a friend, there are many ways you can support the OA Action Alliance:
We love to engage and share messaging on social media. Please like, share and retweet our posts and use the hashtag #StandUp2OA or #osteoarthritis in your posts. Check out our website and share our resources with your networks.
You can join a workgroup(s) or a task force by emailing us.
- Community Engagement (Workgroup 2)
- Healthcare Systems & Provider Mobilization (Workgroup 3)
- Individual Engagement & Education (Workgroup 4)
- OA Prevention (Workgroup 5) – includes Weight Management and Injury Prevention
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