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Mission and Goals



Restoring activity, function, and comfort for those with musculoskeletal injuries and diseases.


The US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) advocates and promotes multidisciplinary, coordinated, and patient-centered care to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.


  • The USBJI believes that a broader and unified multidisciplinary voice will lead to more effective advocacy and increased public awareness of the need for improved musculoskeletal health.
  • USBJI will add depth and breadth to the understanding of bone and joint disorders through a broader membership, a sharing of diverse perspectives, and exchange of knowledge among diverse providers, researchers and individuals with musculoskeletal disorders.
  • The USBJI believes in identifying, fulfilling and promoting collaborative partnership opportunities.
  • The USBJI promotes funding of musculoskeletal research, recognizing that improved patient-centered outcomes are the essential measure of return on such investments.

Goal Statement

The USBJI’s goal is to advance care and to reduce the burden of disease for individuals with all forms of arthritis, spinal conditions, impaired bone health, osteoporosis, trauma and injury, spinal deformity, pediatric musculoskeletal conditions, and rare musculoskeletal diseases. These diseases affect a person’s ability to function, thus diminishing independence, quality of life, and contributions to society. The medical care and societal effects (such as inability to work) are a profound economic burden on society. MSK problems frequently present in combination with other medical conditions (comorbidities such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. USBJI recognizes that musculoskeletal diseases have differing etiologies and present differently in males and females, and that disparities exist among diverse populations.  We believe that everyone should have access to high quality musculoskeletal care.


  1. Increased funding for musculoskeletal research: The USBJI provides a means for the entire American community of musculoskeletal care providers and researchers to identify and communicate with potential sources of research funds. Our collaborative efforts present a stronger request for support than can be generated by individual member organizations.
  2. Increased awareness of the value of musculoskeletal care: The USBJI will promote health services research that assesses the value of musculoskeletal care, and stimulates its improvement.
  3. Patient-Centered Integrated Systems will be well-accepted for Musculoskeletal Health Care: The USBJI will continue providing forums for thought-leaders on major issues to improve the care of patients with musculoskeletal diseases, as well as programs to educate the public.
  4. Musculoskeletal education will be reasonably represented in the curriculum for all medical school undergraduates, as well as others preparing for careers as health care providers: The USBJI will continue to address the woefully inadequate attention to MSK education in most American medical and healthcare professional schools, notwithstanding the progress that has been made in recent years. The USBJI believes that further improvement will enhance patients' access to quality musculoskeletal care.
  5. Ensure the organization, governance, membership and benefits, are structured to achieve optimal fitness for addressing our mission, vision, and goals
Files & Links: 
USBJI Strategic Plan 2014-2017148.59 KB