Published 4/1/2009
Toby King

USBJD plans global network conference

AAOS Plays Key Leadership Role

The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) is busy planning for the Bone and Joint Decade Global Network Conference, to be held Oct. 21–24, 2009, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. Representatives from patient, healthcare professional, and specialty society organizations from about 60 countries will be attending. Strong representation and participation from patient representatives and participating organizations in the United States are also anticipated.

Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, AAOS past president, is serving as one of the conference co-chairs, along with Nancy Lane, MD, USBJD past president. Several AAOS members will have key roles at the conference, including Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD; Bruce D. Browner, MD; James N. Weinstein, DO, MS; Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, who will be serving as president of the USBJD; Kenneth J. Koval, MD; and Kimberly J. Templeton, MD.

This conference represents the first time in history such a broad-based assemblage of musculoskeletal organizations will meet in the United States. The conference hopes to raise awareness and advocate for musculoskeletal health and to develop a roadmap for the future to build on the momentum created by the Bone and Joint Decade.

The conference will be preceded by a two-day Patient Advocacy Meeting on Oct. 21–22. It is designed to highlight the significant burden of disease posed by musculoskeletal conditions and emphasize the importance of raising awareness and engaging in advocacy to advance prevention and treatment strategies.

Meetings with senior administration officials concerned with health policy and research, congressional leaders, and officials of foreign embassies are planned.

Be a part of it all
Join in the most significant gathering of the United States Bone and Joint Decade and the leadership of its participating organizations to welcome the representatives of Bone and Joint Decade National Action Networks from around the world. If you belong to a participating organization, encourage your president, chief staff officer, and BJD representative to attend the conference. You could also sponsor and arrange for a patient to join the patient advocacy seminar and visits to Capitol Hill.

Perhaps your organization would like to participate in a strategic planning specialty group (arthritis, bone health and osteoporosis, pediatric musculoskeletal disease, research, spinal disorders and low back pain, or trauma and injury). These groups hope to identify issues and opportunities for collaboration by the musculoskeletal community to raise awareness and advocate for musculoskeletal health over the next few years.

To find out more about the conference or to request the conference prospectus, please contact me.

Toby King is executive director of the USBJD. He can be reached at tobyking@usbjd.org