Category: Events

Dr. Patience White, MD to Present Live Talk and Webcast: REGISTER NOW!

September 5th, 2012 in Events, News Feed

Dr. Patience White, MD, Vice President of Public Health with the Arthritis Foundation, will present a case study of the opportunities and challenges of coordinating the activities of multiple agencies to move a national public health agenda into action.

Dr. White’s talk will take place on September 19th, from 4:30-5:30 pm, followed by a reception with refreshments.  Those who can’t attend in person are invited to participate remotely via live webcast.

This talk is complete. Access the archived webinar here.

Please see below for an overview of the talk.

Moving National Public Health Agendas to Action: Pitfalls, Challenges, & Opportunities

pwhiteEstablishing national public health agendas is challenging; Moving public health agendas to “action” is even more difficult. Join us to hear Dr. Patience White, the Arthritis Foundation Vice President for Public Health, share her perspectives on moving the national Osteoarthritis (OA) Public Health Agenda to action. As the greatest contributor to physical limitation and work disability, arthritis impacts common public health epidemics such as obesity and diabetes.  Dr. White will discuss development and implementation of four major interdisciplinary recent initiatives aimed to move the national OA Public Health Agenda to action: i) the OA Action Alliance, ii) the Ad Council Campaign, iii) the Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis report, and iv) the Institute of Medicine Living Well with Chronic Disease.  This webcast will be of interest to public health professionals and medical and rehabilitation practitioners.

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Join ENACT at the Boston Arthritis Walk 2012!

September 4th, 2012 in Events, News Feed

Boston University’s annual team BU’s Joints are Walking will be participating in the Arthritis Foundation’s Boston Walk on September 16th, 2012.  This year’s event is at Artesani Park in Brighton, MA from 10:30-2pm.

Come out and walk to support the cause and stop by our table to talk with our experts!

Hope to see you there!

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This Weekend: Visit with ENACT Experts at the Arthritis Foundation Arthritis Expo

July 9th, 2012 in Events, News Feed

Join ENACT experts at the Arthritis Expo presented by the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region this Saturday, July 14th from 10-3 at the UMASS Boston Campus Center!!

ENACT will have a table at the event, staffed with experts to answer your questions about arthritis and physical activity.  Other features of the event include:

• Expert seminars on research, treatments, pain management

• Interactive demonstrations: Yoga for Every Body, Joint Friendly Tai Chi and Exercise Programs

• Options for healthy eating: Anti-inflammatories in your shopping bag!

• Ask the Experts—one-on-one time with arthritis professionals

• Kids Get Arthritis Too! Kids’ corner

• Arthritis in pets – A talk for pet owners.

• Adaptive Aids for Arthritis – Things to make your life easier

Register for the FREE event here

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ENACT in the Community: “Arthritis and You: Can We Talk?”

July 5th, 2012 in Events, News Feed

ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region recently sponsored the educational dinner event “Arthritis and You: Can We Talk?  What Your Medical Team Can Do for You– and What You Can Do for Yourself”  at Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church in Roxbury, MA.

The event, which took place on the evening of June 28th, featured Dr. Michael S. Thompson who reviewed treatment options for arthritis of the hip and knee, both of which are commonly occurring conditions.  After a buffet dinner, Cheryl McDermott of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center led the group in an energetic activity demonstration.  Sixty people attended and feedback has been positive.  We look forward to our next event!

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ENACT Experts Present at Recent NARRTC Meeting

May 3rd, 2012 in Events, News Feed

Dr. Saralynn Allaire and Dr. Julie Keysor co-authored a paper presented at the NIDRR NARRTC meeting in Washington DC on April 26th titled, “Arthritis Work Disability: Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Employment Retention”.


Click here to view the presentation slides

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Living with Arthritis: Dr. Julie Keysor Speaks with Community Members in Dorchester, MA

April 26th, 2012 in Events, News Feed

Arthritis TalkOn April 19th, ENACT center director Dr. Julie Keysor attended Understanding Chronic Disease: Arthritis and Diabetes to speak with members of the 12th Baptist Church in Dorchester, MA about daily strategies for living with arthritis.

Dr. Keysor’s talk, titled “Arthritis: Medical Management, Movement, and You!”, generated a lively conversation, full of positive comments about realistic ways to address the impact of arthritis on daily activities.

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ENACT in the Community

March 26th, 2012 in Events, News Feed

ENACT proudly participated in two recent community events in Boston:

On March 11, 2012 ENACT Center Director Dr. Julie Keysor presented People’s Baptist Church of Boston, MA with the 6 Million Steps Walking for Wellness Award.  ENACT first came into contact with this group in September 2011, when they pledged to walk 5 millions steps in a community walking kick-0ff co-sponsored by ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region.  This energectic and committed group not only walked those 5 million steps, but an additional million as well!  That is no small feat- congratulations to the walking group of People’s Baptist Church.


Participants in the “Best Bones” health fair join in for a Zumba demonstration

ENACT participated in a recent community health fair at Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church in Dorchester, MA.  Held March 17, 2012, the “Best Bones Forever” health fair targeted family health with a focus on active living.  ENACT participated by providing answers and information about the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle in the presence of rheumatic conditions.

For more on ENACT’s community activities, click here

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ENACT Director Dr. Julie Keysor Presents at APTA/CSM Conference

February 23rd, 2012 in Events, News Feed

The recent conference for the American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting (APTA/CSM) welcomed ENACT Center Director Dr. Julie Keysor in presenting current research and future opportunities for research in knee osteoarthritis.  Dr. Keysor’s talk generated enthusiastic participation and feedback from attendees.

The report, “National Osteoarthritis Datasets: Opportunities for Physical Therapists”, was developed with Douglas Gross, PT, MSc, ScD and Daniel K. White, PT, ScD.

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ENACT Faculty Present at ACR/ARHP in Chicago, IL

November 21st, 2011 in Events, News Feed

Congratulations to ENACT Faculty who presented at the recent American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting November 6-9th, 2011 in Chicago, IL.  Presentations given by ENACT affiliates include:

Michael LaValley, PhD and Dan K. White, PT,  ScD presented a standing-room only lecture entitled “To P or Not to P- Knowing When the p-value is Less Than Useful”. The talk focused on the use of p-value in statistical analysis of arthritis research. Please click here to view the presentation.

Julie Keysor, PT, PhD and Saralynn Allaire ScD, CRC were members of an interdisciplinary panel titled, “Keep People with Arthritis Working: An Interactive Case-Based Workshop”. The 2-hour symposium consisted of a “hands-on” workshop on resources to overcome common arthritis-related employment barriers.  Participants were very interactive and highly interested in the strategies discussed.

Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS with David T. Felson and co-authors presented a poster titled “Does Important Improvement in Function After Knee Replacement Guarantee Good Absolute Function”.

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ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation Bring Exercise Program to Annual Rosie’s Place Health Fair

November 16th, 2011 in Events, News Feed

The Health Fair at Rosie’s Place provides an opportunity for women who are poor or homeless to receive free health screenings and wellness information.

Stefanie Howlett, A DPT student at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, staffed the Arthritis Foundation table at this year’s event.   Stefanie has become a certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructor through a training program offered collaboratively by ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation.

The informational table offered educational materials related to arthritis and pain management and simple exercises that can be done anywhere.  Twenty organizations participated in the event and 100 women were served.

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