News & Events

Welcome to the Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance news room, a resource for Alliance members and others seeking information on OA Action Alliance announcements, news and events.

December 18th, 2013
Lunch and Learn: "Knee OA and Physical Activity"

This 30-minute Lunch and Learn features Dr. Daniel White, a Physical Therapist and Research Assistant Professor at Boston University. He will discuss the epidemiology of knee osteoarthritis and physical activity and how to increase physical activity for those affected by knee OA. Please tune in to this very informative Lunch and Learn!

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November 20th, 2013
Lunch and Learn: "MMWR: Arthritis Prevalence Estimates Update”

This 30-minute lunch and learn features Dr. Kamil Barbour, epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will present findings from the November 8th CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report updating arthritis prevalence estimates. This is an important research update that you won’t want to miss!!

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September 18th, 2013
Lunch and Learn: "Projecting OA Burden: Role of Obesity, Injury, Sex and Race”

This 30-minute lunch and learn features Dr. Elena Losina, Co-Director of OrACORe (The Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Biostatics at Harvard Medical School and Boston University respectively. During her presentation she will discuss the factors of sex, race, injury and obesity on lifetime knee osteoarthritis risk.

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August 21st, 2013
Lunch and Learn: "Obesity and Osteoarthritis: More Than Just Wear and Tear”

This 30-minute lunch and learn features Dr. Bravman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University of Colorado Hospital and Medicine Center. He is co-author of the review article, "Obesity and Osteoarthritis: More Than Just Wear and Tear”. During his presentation he will shed light on the biomechanical relationship between obesity and OA and the systemic effects of obesity on OA.

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July 17, 2013
Lunch and Learn: Prevalence and Benefits of Walking Among Adults with Arthritis

This 30-minute lunch and learn features Dr. Jennifer Hootman, Epidemiologist with the Arthritis Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Hootman will discuss the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) recently published on the prevalence of walking among adults with arthritis; she will present research findings on the benefits of walking, particularly its effect on easing arthritis pain.

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June 19, 2013
Lunch and Learn: Obesity and Osteoarthritis, Overlaps between Obesity and OA communities

Please join the OA Action Alliance for the first Lunch and Learn of 2013! This 30-minute lunch and learn features Dr. Scott Kahan, M.D., the Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness and the STOP Obesity Alliance. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about obesity and osteoarthritis and the overlaps between these two communities.

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December 12, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Facts and Myths about Dieting and Weight Loss

Please join the OA Action Alliance for the final 30-minute Lunch and Learn of 2012. This lunch and learn features Dr. Steven Heymsfield, M.D., the Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System and the George A. Bray, Jr. Chair in Nutrition. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the Facts and Myths about Dieting and Weight Loss.

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November 28, 2012

Lunch and Learn: The Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI) and the OA Action Alliance

Please join the OA Action Alliance for a discussion with Dr. Joanne Jordan, Chair of the US Bone and Joint Initiative’s Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI). Her presentation, A New Vision for Chronic Osteoarthritis Medical Management, will discuss the COAMI's recommendations and how the OA Action Alliance fits into the work of the COAMI. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the US Bone and Joint Iniative's exciting work.

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October 17, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Energy Balance and the Obesity Epidemic

Join the OA Action Alliance for an eye-opening 30-minute Lunch and Learn presentation by weight control and obesity expert, Dr. Steven Blair, who will offer some possible explanations about the causes of the U.S. obesity epidemic. Dr. Blair will discuss some of his research on this serious issue, including his Energy Balance Study, which revealed critical information about the relationship between diet, weight, and energy expenditure. Don’t miss it!

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September 19, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Preventing ACL Injury in Women

Please join us for a 30-minute discussion with Dr. Tom Trojian about preventing ACL injury in women. Dr. Trojian is an associate professor of family medicine and director of the Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach Programs in the New England Musculoskeletal Institute at the University of Connecticut Health Center. His presentation will feature an explanation of why ACL injury prevention is important, who is at risk for it, and how to prevent it.

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July 18, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Marketing Community-Based Interventions to Primary Care Practices

This lunch and learn features a presentation from Dr. Teresa Brady, Senior Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Brady discusses lessons learned from audience research from primary care practices. The presentation focuses on how the research was conducted, the key findings, recommendations, and putting the findings into action.

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July 17, 2012
OA Action Alliance Holds Steering Committee Planning Retreat

On July 17th, 2012, the members of the Steering Committee of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) met in-person at the office of the Arthritis Foundation in Washington, D.C. The Steering Committee provides direction and guidance to the OAAA’s four Working Groups, and is composed of 4 Working Group Chairs, Arthritis Foundation staff, and liaisons to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Committee collectively reviewed the mission and vision statements of the OAAA and revised them, as well as the structure and governance of the OAAA. Click below to read the report.

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June 13, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Ten Steps from Patient to Person

American Chronic Pain Association's "Ten Steps from Patient to Person" Please join us for a 30 minute discussion with Penney Cowan of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA). Penney will discuss the ACPA's ten step guide of basic skills that allow a person with pain to move from the passive patient to an active participant in their healthcare.

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May 16, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis

Please join us for a 30 minute discussion with key stakeholders from the Arthritis Foundation and the CDC to discuss An Initiative to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis: Policy and Environmental Strategies for Partners.  This new report details strategies to increase the physical activity levels of persons with arthritis.

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May 16, 2012
Capitol Hill Briefing

In cooperation with the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Sue Myrick, please join the Arthritis Foundation at the release of the report – Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults with Arthritis – a resource to help make physical activity convenient and accessible for adults with arthritis.

Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability and affects 50 million adults in the United States – more than 20 percent of the adult population.

Come learn more about the benefits of physical activity and what Congress and other stakeholders can do to make physical activity more convenient and accessible.

Speakers will include: John H. Klippel, MD, President and CEO, Arthritis Foundation; Wayne Giles, MD, MS, Director, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, Director, Health Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association; and Mary Wu, Patient Advocate.

Breakfast will be served.

April 18, 2012
Lunch and Learn: The AgrAbility Arthritis and Agriculture Project

Please join us for a 30 minute discussion with Amber Wolfe of the Arthritis Foundation. Amber will discuss AgrAbility: Arthritis and Agriculture project , which is focused on ensuring high-quality living for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, particularly arthritis.

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March 21, 2012
Lunch and Learn: Osteoarthritis Consumer Data

During the fourth installment of the OA Action Alliance Lunch and Learn series, Cindy McDaniel, Vice President of Consumer Health at the Arthritis Foundation, presented consumer data focused on the impact of arthritis, what action people take for their osteoarthritis, medical care, self-management education, and motivators. Below, you will find audio of the discussion and an accompanying presentation.

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February 15, 2012
Lunch and Learn: IOM Report

During the third installment of the OA Action Alliance Lunch and Learn series, Dr. Leigh Callahan of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina discussed the newly released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action . Below, you will find audio of the discussion and an accompanying presentation.

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» Read Dr. Leigh Callahan's bio

November 16, 2011
Lunch and Learn: Prevalence of Large-Joint OA in African Americans

During the second installment of the OA Action Alliance Lunch and Learn series, Dr. Amanda Nelson of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina discussed new research indicating the health burden of large-joint OA (ex. hip and spine) among African Americans. Below, you will find audio of the discussion and an accompanying presentation. Please complete the short evaluation survey to let us know what you think.

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» Read Amanda Nelson's Bio
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October 12, 2011
Lunch and Learn: Arthritis Contributes to High Rates of Physical Inactivity

On World Arthritis Day the OA Action Alliance hosted a 30-minute discussion on how arthritis impacts physical activity levels. The presenter was Jennifer M. Hootman, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Epidemiologist, Arthritis Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below, you will find audio of the discussion and an accompanying presentation. Please complete the short evaluation survey to let us know what you think.

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» Download the slides (pdf)
» Read Jennifer Hootman's Bio (pdf)
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April 12, 2011
OA Action Alliance Inaugural Meeting
Washington, dc

On April 12th, 2011, more than 50 leaders in the public health community converged in Washington, DC to address a matter of great importance, the increasing burden of osteoarthritis in the United States.

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