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Vol. LVIII, No. 19
September 22, 2006

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Voluntary Health and Professional Communities

As NIAMS turns 20, we recognize the crucial role that voluntary health organizations and professional societies have played in achieving the institute's mission. NIAMS boasts a vibrant mix of public participants in its many activities. Their contributions include:

  • Providing input to the institute's planning process and participating in scientific meetings

  • Bringing the issues of bone, joint, muscle and skin health to a national audience

  • Providing patients and their families with help, including referrals to health care professionals

  • Collaborating with the institute on projects, meetings and other functions

  • Reviewing publications — providing a much-needed public perspective — and helping with their distribution

  • Advising the NIH director (as members of the Council of Public Representatives) on issues of concern to NIH as a whole

  • Serving on the NIAMS advisory council

The time and perspectives of NIAMS's public advisors are invaluable. The institute continues to seek new strategies to partner with these communities in achieving its mission of improving the health of the American people.

Priscilla Ciccariello "Coalition-building is the only way to go. The NIH is a prime example of this and the NIAMS has maximized this concept through the NIAMS Coalition and its outreach programs."
— Priscilla Ciccariello, President, International Federation of Marfan Syndrome Organizations






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