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To achieve its mission, NOF develops and advances programs, initiatives and materials to better inform and educate the public, patients, healthcare professionals, policy makers, media and other key stakeholders on osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.
NOF’s primary goal is to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and by preventing fractures in the United States, where one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. NOF is committed to educating the public and health professionals about osteoporosis and the steps to prevent it and to improving the quality of care for those suffering from this debilitating disease. With a broad network of more than 500 health professional members, 70,000 individual supporters and 70 community-based patient education and support groups nationwide, NOF serves as the voice and source of strength for the more than 44 million Americans affected by osteoporosis and low bone density.
The following are our goals for the future:
Expand our national network of support groups: NOF currently has 56 active support groups in 26 states across the country (including the District of Columbia). We aim to add 30 additional support groups over the next two years to support more patients and their caregivers through local support groups that improve members’ mental and physical well-being and provide a forum where information and resources can be shared with one another. And for those without a support group in their area, NOF will continue to address questions and concerns over the phone with a dedicated staff member.
Better educate and train healthcare providers: Through the campaign, we also aim to enhance our existing outreach and cooperation with the medical community to ensure the best possible care and support for those living with osteoporosis and low bone mass. NOF plans to offer additional online educational materials for nurses and nurse practitioners and to facilitate online learning via social networking. As part of this effort, NOF convened an Exercise and Rehabilitation Council to develop clear guidance for professionals and the public on exercise for bone health. This outreach, coupled with our efforts within hospital systems, will allow us to develop a standard of care for osteoporosis and equip primary care physicians with the information they need to better treat and counsel osteoporosis and fracture patients.
Increase awareness and spread prevention messages: Through year-round media outreach, social media activities and in-person events, NOF will build and engage a national network of mothers, daughters and partners in health committed to starting conversations about bone health and family history. NOF will provide the tools and resources needed to help these women spread prevention messages from their local communities up to the national level. By creating a network of engaged and active campaign supporters, NOF will provide a venue where stakeholders can connect with each other to be agents of change in their own community to help to make osteoporosis a household name and protect future generations from this devastating disease.