Movement Is Life would like to thank the
2022 Caucus Speakers and Attendees for a Wonderful Meeting!
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Elevate - Clunie Elevate the Message Register Now Distinguished Speaker Garfield A. D. Clunie, MD President, National Medical Association
Associate Professor
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
NYU Langone Health
Elevate - McClellan Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker Cara McClellan, Esq. Director and Associate Practice Professor,
Advocacy for Racial and Civil (ARC) Justice Clinic
University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
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Elevate - Lopez Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker Fawn Lopez Publisher and Vice President,
Modern Healthcare
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Elevate - Rios Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker Elena V. Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP President & CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association
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Elevate - McClellan Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker Frank McClellan, JD, LLM Advisory Council, Movement is Life
Professor Law Emeritus, James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Board Member, AIDS Law Project
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Elevate - Mason Elevate the Message Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, FAAOS
Medical Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
American College of Surgeons
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Elevate - Naughton Elevate the Message Carol Redmond Naughton, JD
Chief Executive Officer, Purpose Built Communities
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Elevate - Jackson Elevate the Message Alisahah J. Jackson, MD
CEO, Why Health Matters
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Elevate - McKeever Elevate the Message Marissa McKeever, JD
Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor
Office of the Dean and CEO
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Elevate - Truscott Elevate the Message Jennifer Truscott
Senior Vice President
Cross-Enterprise Strategic Innovation, Aetna/CVS
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Elevate - Mammen Elevate the Message Priya E. Mammen, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Director
Office of Clinical Integrity, Walgreens

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Elevate - Johnson Elevate the Message John A. Johnson
2022 Artist in Residence, Honfleur Art Gallery
Founder and Creator, Verbal Gymnastics,
Playback Theatre Ensemble

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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 who are African American, Hispanic/Latina or live in rural communities.

Caucus Chair

Mary O'Conner, MD

Mary I. O’Connor, MD
Chair, Board of Directors, Movement Is Life
Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vori Health
Emerita Professor of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic
Past Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine
Past Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care, Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health

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.

Strategic Objectives

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


Participating Organizations

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Physical Therapy Association

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

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

The Root Cause Coalition

To Our Children’s Future with Health

United States Bone and Joint Initiative

W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute