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2019 Movement Is Life National Caucus

Health Equity: Accelerating the Bend Toward Justice

Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
President and CEO, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

The current US healthcare system is characterized by unconscionable disparities, poor outcomes and unsustainable costs. We must redesign the care delivery system to one which focuses on health equity and addresses the social determinants of health. Factors such as race/ethnicity, education, housing, geography, job opportunities and socioeconomic status are powerful drivers of health status and addressing these issues as health issues makes both societal and financial sense. Barriers to achieving this change are myriad, but progress is being made. Successful implementation of a “social determinants approach” requires intersectoral collaboration, policy changes, technologic solutions and new payment models, as well as a commitment to training a diverse health workforce. The arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, but it doesn’t do so on its own. Health care professionals must embrace their altruistic obligation to strive to improve health for all.


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 Physician Assistants
    • American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • 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