Foundation system

Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation and J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society Unite to Address Health Care Disparities

Both organizations are committed to addressing disparities, racism, and inequities in orthopedic treatment and research, and to improving patient care for all patients, especially those from historically underserved groups.

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society (JRGOS) today announced a new collaboration to address health care disparities, racism and inequalities in orthopedic care and research through the development of the OREF/JRGOS Research Fellowship in Disparities in Orthopedic Care. The collaboration will use OREF’s peer-reviewed grants process. Representatives of both organizations will participate in the grant review and selection process.

OREF is committed to exploring ways to partner with others to support research that can lead to breakthroughs and solve important problems facing the field of orthopedics. The collaboration between JRGOS and OREF will allow both organizations to focus on supporting research to address health disparities, racism and inequities in orthopedic treatment and research, bringing complementary strengths and resources to the partnership.

The collaboration responds to a critical research need in the area of ​​quality and access to health care. A 2003 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, reports that “racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive lower quality health care than non-minorities. , even when access is linked factors, such as insurance status and income, are controlled for.”1

“As physicians and surgeons, we are committed to providing excellent care to all of our patients, but we know that in many communities patients are experiencing suboptimal outcomes due to limited access to health care. , disparities in the level of care available and other factors related to demographic and socio-economic status,” noted the President of OREF Richard F. Kyle, MD, FAAO. “With the creation of this new research grant, OREF and our JRGOS partners are committed to creating a more equitable healthcare system.”

A secondary goal of the collaboration is to leverage grants to encourage and grow the population of diverse researchers and clinician-scientists needed to pursue orthopedic research and improve the quality of orthopedic medicine and the delivery of care.

Incoming President of JRGOS, Lawrence WellsMD, said, “JRGOS is committed to ending disparities in musculoskeletal health and increasing diversity in orthopedics. This collaboration with OREF will help advance research on musculoskeletal health disparities and lead to better outcomes for all of our patients.

About the Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education
OREF is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises funds to support research into bone, nerve and muscle disease and injury and to improve clinical care leading to better health, activity increased and better quality of life. for the sick. To further its mission, OREF is committed to exploring ways to partner with others to advance the field of musculoskeletal research. For more information, visit https://www.oref.org and follow us on Twitter.

About the J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society
The mission of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society (JRGOS) is to increase diversity within the orthopedic profession and to promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all. The JRGOS is a pluralistic, multicultural organization designed to meet the needs of underrepresented minority orthopedic surgeons and to advance the ideals of excellent musculoskeletal care for all patients, with special attention to underserved groups. For more information visit https://www.gladdensociety.org/

1. Institute of Medicine 2003. Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. washington d.c.: The press of the national academies. https://doi.org/10.17226/12875.

Media Contact

Karen PubentzOREF, (847) 430-5113, [email protected]

Amy KileOREF, (847) 430-5107, [email protected]

Twitter

SOURCE Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education