(IBJI-Morton Grove, IL) –  Dr. Matthew L. Jimenez is passionate about philanthropy.  Not content to just write a check in support of his orthopaedic profession, Dr. Jimenez decided last year to roll up his sleeves and build from scratch a brand new Foundation designed to combat fragility fractures caused by low-impact falls.

Incorporated in December 2008, the Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research (FEMR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity serving Chicago-area residents. FEMR’s mission is to become a community resource to increase osteoporosis awareness and prevent disabilities related to bone trauma.  As you may know, each year in the U.S. more than 11 million senior citizens fall—that’s one out of every three people older than 65 years of age, making it the leading cause of injuries to our senior population. Treatment of the injuries and complications associated with falls costs the U.S. more than $20.2 billion annually.

The development of high-quality prevention programs envisioned by Dr. Jimenez will require a sizeable budget funded by individual donors and corporate sponsors. Tax-deductible donations raised by FEMR will be directed to community education and research to improve bone health for current and future generations.

Fund-raising efforts for a start-up charity are a challenge in any economy; however, despite the financial uncertainty facing businesses and individuals today, about half of U.S.-based non-profit organizations have reported that donations remain stable. FEMR may benefit from the federal stimulus plan, which will allocate funding for public charities to continue providing free and low-cost health and wellness programs for underserved and low-income populations.

Dr. Matthew Jimenez consults with a patient in his clinic.

Dr. Matthew Jimenez consults with a patient in his clinic.
Photo © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Reprinted with permission from AAOS Now, July 2007.

Dr. Jimenez is optimistic that his Foundation’s mission and goals are solid, and that potential supporters will recognize the value and benefits of his community programs that are currently in development.  Some of FEMR’s long-range goals include:

  • Support bone health awareness through jointly-sponsored educational courses and promotional events with local businesses and institutions to encourage bone health in the community
  • Distribute evidence-based materials that highlight fall and fracture prevention, osteoporosis awareness and bone health improvement through better nutrition, exercise and medication management.
  • Form strategic alliances with local and national organizations to promote musculoskeletal health.
  • Foster the highest levels of continuing education and training to health care professionals through the Chicago Trauma Symposium and other interactive courses
  • Advance clinical research priorities in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures
  • Adopt and promote guidelines for screening and treatment of bone-related conditions
  • Encourage increased funding for bone health initiatives at the local, state and federal levels

Although medicine and science have made giant strides in improving musculoskeletal health care, the prevalence of chronic illness and rates of disability for those age 85 and older are projected to rise significantly as “Baby Boomers” reach retirement age. Dr. Jimenez is ready to work with Foundation supporters to improve our community’s bone health awareness./p>

For additional information about FEMR, visit the website at www.boneknowledge.org>, call toll-free at 1-877-321-FEMR, or contact Dr. Jimenez’ staff at the IBJI Morton Grove office at 847-324-3937.