Making Friends and Connecting People – OAC Partnerships
OAC recognizes that creating a world where those who are affected by obesity are viewed with compassion, granted access to treatment when needed and desired, and live in an environment free from stigma and discrimination is a long and arduous battle that we cannot fight alone. Partnering with like-minded organizations and companies is essential. This year, more and more have come together to fight the fight and advocate on behalf of all individuals affected by this disease – thanks in most part to the strength of our membership and what we as an organization represent.
OAC partners with various organizations and companies along a wide variety of areas but one of the most important areas are membership partnerships. In 2012, we saw three of the major obesity professional organizations the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS), the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), and The Obesity Society (TOS) make major commitments to expand their own members’ membership in the OAC. In fact, both ASMBS and ASBP have joined their entire membership in the OAC. These partnerships not only grew our membership numbers by several thousand, it expanded OAC’s membership to include many of the nation’s leading researchers, clinicians, surgeons, nurses, dieticians, psychologists and many, many other healthcare professionals dealing with the treatment of obesity.
But our significant membership growth this year wasn’t only through professional members. Thanks to a partnership with Orexigen and their “Take 5 to Live Light” campaign, we generated 2,500 new OAC members. In addition, thanks to a long standing partnership with Ethicon-Endo Surgery, more than 3,000 additional individuals who participated in the Walk from Obesity received memberships as well. Add that to the thousands of members joined by other groups of significant partners, the physicians, surgeons and hospitals of our sponsored member program (to view a list click here) and you have more than 10,000 additional voices to make some noise and help us all be heard.
Other partners include:
- The ASMBS Foundation – Our partner in the Walk from Obesity which not only serves as a fundraiser but a public awareness and advocacy event.
- The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity – Our partner in many of our weight bias materials and activities.
- The STOP Obesity Alliance – Our partner in generating research and content around obesity related public policy issues.
- And all of the Members of our Chairman’s Council (click here) – These groups partner with the OAC in many different ways but the one thing they have in common is they are committed to giving a voice to those affected by obesity.
So what does all this mean for you? Why does it matter? We do a lot of behind the scenes work and form relationships with diverse groups. Friendships take a long time to foster. But we really feel this year we have reached a point of success, a point where all the hard work and important relationships with key organizations and companies have led to something larger and more meaningful for the OAC. Now, more than ever, we have united in the greater good for the common goal of helping those affected by obesity. It is the voice of our members that have moved our relationships to become significant partnerships and such partnerships that help make it possible that Every Voice Can be Heard.
Making a Difference Together,