Program Overview - Promoting Children's Bone and Joint Health
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Pediatric Specialty Group's goal is to identify the primary areas of concern with regard to children's musculoskeletal health, including those that relate to other health issues, and to develop programs and activities through research, education and advocacy that will promote their improved health, and reduce the burden of disease.
- Pediatric Specialty Strategic Planning Group: This group was tasked with identifying the areas of greatest need in the coming years. The priority areas the group identified are published as an Executive Summary, and in full, as part of the Program Book for the Bone and Joint Global Network Conference in 2009 (see pages 59-61, and 91-108).
- Case Statement on The Effects of Obesity on Musculoskeletal Health in Children. A Symposium on the effects of obesity on musculoskeletal health is to be published in the scientific journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
- The Value in Musculoskeletal Care: The Summary and Recommendations which resulted from this Summit, held Oct. 2011, and at which pediatric societies were well represented can be viewed at www.usbji.org/programs/musculoskeletal-summits, along with a full report on the meeting. A Task Force is developing an Action Plan based on the Recommendations.
- The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost (BMUS): This essential resource for researchers and for advocacy is available at www.boneandjointburden.org. The publication includes chapters on scoliosis, arthritis, injuries, congenital and infantile developmental conditions, and neoplasms. A specific Pediatric Chapter is to be added.
- PB&J (Protect Your Bones and Joints): This free public education program is aimed at improving the knowledge of teens and young adults about musculoskeletal disorders and to encourage them to learn about prevention activities. The Pediatric Specialty Group has recently developed content on the effects of obesity for the program. For more information about the program and how to schedule a session, go to usbji.org/programs/public-education-programs/pbj/how-to-schedule-session.
- Bone and Joint National Awareness Week is held October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The Pediatric Specialty Group is currently developing a World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day. National Awareness Week information can be found at www.usbji.org/programs/public-education-programs/action-week.
- Ponseti International Association (PIA)(Clubfoot): PIA is the global leader in training and educating physicians and other healthcare providers on a non-invasive treatment for congenital clubfoot. Clubfoot is the single-most crippling musculoskeletal birth defect in the world. The Ponseti Method is a non-surgical approach to treatment of clubfoot. To learn more about clubfoot, preferred providers and support groups, link to the Ponseti International Association website.
- Young Investigators Initiative - A career development and grant mentoring program: Many pediatricians and other researchers studying pediatric musculoskeletal questions have become participants in this highly successful program. To learn more about how to apply, visit www.usbji.org/programs/yii.
- Pediatric Specialty Group Member List usbji.org/programs/pediatric-specialty-group/pediatric-specialty-group-members.
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