National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA)

The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) in the United States, a public private partnership on bone health launched in late 2010, provides an exemplar of achieving an unprecedented level of participation and consensus across sectors. NBHA currently has 55 organisational participants including 16 private sector members, 35 non-profit members and four government agency liaisons (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Institutes of Health). The members of the Alliance are working from a shared vision: to improve the overall health and quality of life of all Americans by enhancing their bone health.

Major NBHA initiatives include:

2Million2Many Awareness Campaign

Launched in April 2012, this award winning campaign highlights the connection between fractures and osteoporosis for the 2 million fractures which occur in the United States every year. ‘2M2M’ encourages individuals aged ≥50 years who break a bone to ask their healthcare professional for an osteoporosis test and gets people thinking about bone health. The centrepiece of the campaign is ‘Cast Mountain’, a thought provoking 3.6 metre tall by 3.6 metre wide installation which represents the 5,500 fractures that occur every day in the United States. See www.2million2many.org.

Fracture Prevention CENTRAL

Launched in March 2013, the Fracture Prevention CENTRAL online resource centre was created to help interested sites across the United States implement and maintain a Fracture Liaison Service program. By June 2014, over 2,100 individual users had registered to access the tools and resources available at ‘FPC’. NBHA also used FPC as a platform to deliver a six-part FLS webinar series, freely available for ‘live’ participation and archived as a video-on-demand service, hosted by champions of established high-performing FLS and NBHA staff. During 2013-14, 700 individuals participated online and a further 2,000 downloaded webinars for viewing at their own convenience. This resource centre is available at www.FracturePreventionCENTRAL.org.

Read more at:

National Bone Health Alliance: An Innovative Public-Private Partnership Improving America’s Bone Health. Lee DB, Lowden MR, Patmintra V, Stevenson K. Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2013 Dec;11(4):348-353. PubMed ID 24014197