“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 Distinguished Speaker Garfield A. D. Clune, MD President
National Medical Association

Associate Professor
Vice Chair fro Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
NYU Langone Health


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