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2019 Movement Is Life National Caucus

The People We Throw Away – INCLUSION: A Path Towards Health Equity?

Father Gregory J. Boyle, SJ
Founder, Homeboy Industries – Los Angeles
Jesuit Priest

Father Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit Priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Beginning in 1986, the “decade of death” in Los Angeles ravaged the city, with over 1,000 killings each year. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle, along with parish and community members, adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. Through compassion and non-judgement, Homeboy Industries meets people where they are. Father Boyle has received numerous accolades and recognitions on behalf of Homeboy Industries, including the California Peace Prize, the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award and President Obama presented him with the White House Champion of Change Award.


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Our Vision

Movement is Life is a multi-disciplinary coalition seeking to eliminate racial, ethnic and gender disparities in muscle and joint health by promoting physical mobility to improve quality of life among women, African Americans and Hispanics.


Strategic Objectives

To Reduce Musculoskeletal Health Disparities at the Patient, Healthcare Provider, Community and Policy Levels.



Our Mission

Decrease musculoskeletal health disparities among women and racial/ethnic minorities by raising awareness of their impact on chronic disease management and quality of life. By promoting the importance of early intervention, we seek to slow musculoskeletal disease progression, reduce disability and encourage physical activity and daily movement to improve the overall health of the nation.


Our Goal

Be a catalyst for change by energizing multi-disciplinary work groups to develop measurable, short-term action plans that “move the needle” on critical factors that drive musculoskeletal disparities. We must find ways to make an impact now, while long-term solutions are being developed.




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  • Participating Organizations

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    • American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • American Psychological Association
    • Association of Minority Health Professions Schools
    • Conference of National Black Churches
    • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
    • National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
    • National Black Nurses Association
    • National Hispanic Medical Association
    • National Medical Association
    • Nth Dimensions Education Solutions
    • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
    • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
    • To Our Children's Future with Health
    • United States Bone and Joint Initiative
    • W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute