The Bone and Joint Decade
2009 Patient Advocacy & World Network Conference
Washington DC, USA
October 21-24, 2009
Highlights of the events held during the conference included:
• Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill – Our two-day Patient Advocacy Seminar became a true advocacy and lobbying experience, when BJD Delegates were welcomed on Capitol Hill by Former Assistant Surgeon General Susan Blumenthal, MD, and Senators John Barrasso and Chuck Grassley for discussions about health care policy reform. US delegates were then given the opportunity to speak to Congress Members from their own States, and international delegates were able to visit their country Ambassadors to the US to discuss musculoskeletal issues relevant in their region.
• A very lively and heartfelt speech by television celebrity Jill Zarin, (below with Prof Lidgren) whose daughter suffers from childhood rheumatic disease, about the power of the collective voice and neworks for patient empowerment.
• One-day intensive focus on the Burden of Musculosketelal Disease by disease area, led by internationally renowned experts in the field. This was then followed by strategic planning sessions to focus goals and devise strategies for our efforts in each priority area over the coming years.
• Second-day strategic planning through Regional Discssions to devise a global plan for musculoskeletal health according to region. Break-out groups crafted straegies and pinpointed priorities for the next decade.