Dr. Ana Bejinez-Eastman, associate program director for the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) Family Practice Residency, has been selected to join the steering committee of the Movement is Life (MIL) Caucus. MIL is a consortium of leading stakeholders who aim to address arthritis and musculoskeletal health disparities.
Dr. Bejinez-Eastman is also a volunteer clinical faculty at UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine. Earlier in her career, she established a private practice in rural Northern California among migrant laborers where she helped start the first telemedicine fetal monitoring program in the state, opening the labor and delivery unit of a small rural hospital. Dr. Bejinez-Eastman is a native of Whittier, Calif. where she also currently works.
On September 18-19, Movement is Life will convene for its third annual caucus to discuss the interconnection between obesity and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, a chronic degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones, is the most common form of arthritis. Studies have shown that Hispanics, African Americans and women are disproportionately affected by both oesteoarthrits and obesity. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 3.1 million Hispanics are living with arthritis and 39.1 percent of Hispanic adults are also considered obese.
Dr. Bejinez-Eastman, who will represent the National Hispanic Medical Association during this year's caucus, joins an esteemed group of primary care physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, health advocacy, community- and faith-based leaders, among others.
For more information about the 2012 National Caucus on Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Health Disparities made possible by Zimmer, visit www.movementislifecaucus.com.