OA Action Alliance Inaugural Meeting Participants Speak Out about OA

Penny Cowan- American Chronic Pain Association

The American Chronic Pain Association is very interested in osteoarthritis because it’s really part of the chronic pain spectrum and it’s for, with the number of 27 million people dealing with OA, it’s really important for us to reach out to them, to let them know that with a proper prevention and maintenance of the pain they already have, that they can still live a full life.

Today, joining the OA summit, what I really hope to gain is both an understand of what other groups are doing, but I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for all of this different organizations and experts to come together and develop a plan that we will be able to implement and reach out to people with OA and really help them understand that there’s hope, and there is help, and it’s not something that they’re just going to have to live with. So again, bringing all of those organizations together to really work for a common goal is just a wonderful opportunity that I am delighted to be here.

I think that the result of today’s event is going to be that we are going to network with each other, and be able to compare notes, be able to work together and look at what we each offer individually, and bring that together and marry those things so that we can go out there, and actually reach people. I mean it’s nice to have the meetings up at the higher level, but I think it’s important that when we leave here today that we all go out there and really do make an effort to make positive change in everyone’s life.

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