National Action Plan for Bone Health released in the USA

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National Bone Coalition in the USA publishes report to provide specific steps for improving the nation's bone health and preventing osteoporosis

On January 22, 2009 the National Coalition for Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, (the Bone Coalition) comprised of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, The Paget Foundation and most recently the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, released a National Action Plan for Bone Health: Recommendations from the Summit for a National Action Plan for Bone Health. The report provides an action plan and agenda to advance bone health promotion and disease prevention for the nation. It is a direct result of the Summit for a National Action Plan for Bone Health, which convened more than 150 stakeholders who share concern for America’s bone health in June 2008 in Washington, D.C.

The action plan is structured around four priority areas: developing a bone health alliance; promoting bone health and disease prevention; improving diagnosis and treatment; and enhancing research, surveillance and evaluation. The report outlines recommended actions, responsibilities, and short-term and long-term timelines for priorities and programs for health professionals, health systems and population-based approaches to promote bone health.
The Bone Coalition will take the lead in establishing working groups consisting of public and private organizations to focus on the four priority areas. A subsequent reporting phase will collect progress data, develop implementation reports, and discuss progress with working groups and key stakeholder groups.

The Bone Coalition issued this report as a follow up to the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. The Surgeon General called for public and private sector stakeholders to come together and develop a public health approach to improving our nation’s bone health and, until now, that call had not been heeded.

“The National Osteoporosis Foundation is proud to release this report, in conjunction with the Bone Coalition and take the next step in advancing osteoporosis and bone health on the national health agenda,” said Leo Schargorodski, executive director of NOF. “The 2004 Surgeon General’s report was the wake-up call we needed to understand the dire state of our nation’s bone health. With this action plan report, we are making good on a promise to the nation to promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis in a way that truly calls attention to this public health threat and answers the call for action from the Surgeon General.”

The June 2008 Summit for a National Action Plan for Bone Health was modeled on past Surgeon General workshops and served as the first phase of a long-term implementation and evaluation effort. A National Action Plan for Bone Health: Recommendations from the Summit for a National Action Plan for Bone Health compiles the ideas from the Summit into specific steps for improving the nation’s bone health.

[link http://www.nof.org/professionals/National_Action_Plan.htm]Click here to download the report[/link]

Visit the website of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, at www.nof.org, for details of this and other policy and advocacy initiatives in the USA.

(press release from the National Osteoporosis Foundation)

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