“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Elevate - Dawes Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker Daniel Dawes, JD Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Co-Founder, Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN)
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
Author, The Political Determinants of Health; 150 Years of Obamacare
Elevate - Graham Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker MD, MPH, FACP, FACC Garth Graham Director and Global Head of Healthcare and
Public Health, Google/YouTube

Former Vice President & Chief Community Health Officer, CVS Health;
President, Aetna Foundation; US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Obama and Bush Administrations;
Assistant Dean, Health Policy and Chief of Health Services Research, University of Florida School of Medicine

Elevate - Riley Elevate the Message Distinguished Speaker MD, MPH, MBA, MACP Wayne J. Riley President, The State University of New York (SUNY)
Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Health Policy & Management
Downstate Health Sciences University
Elevate - Riley Broaden The Audience Distinguished Speaker Harvard Medical School Leonor Fernández, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Advisor on Health Equity, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Director, Patient Engagement, Healthcare Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Elevate - Riley Broaden The Audience Distinguished Speaker Lt. Governor, State of Hawaii Josh Green, MD Elevate - Riley Broaden The Audience Distinguished Speaker Mayor-President, City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Sharon Weston Broome, MA Elevate - Riley Broaden The Audience Distinguished Speaker Coletta C. Barrett,
Vice President, Mission Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Chairman of The Board, Mayor's Healthy City Initiative - HealthyBR
Elevate - Riley Broaden The Audience Distinguished Speaker Elvis Lionel Francois,
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic all attendees will be required at on-site registration to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result within 3 days of the start of the meeting to attend.

Masks are required at the 2021 Movement is Life Caucus.


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 I. O’Connor, MD
Chair, Movement Is Life Caucus
Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vori Health
Professor Emerita 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 Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

American Osteopathic Association

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

Philadelphia FIGHT

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