Partnering with the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Bone Health Alliance , NIAMS hosted a bilingual Facebook Q&A about osteoporosis on May 26, 2016. This was the first Facebook chat for NIAMS, and the first bilingual (English/Spanish) Facebook event by any NIH Institute or Center. The partners solicited questions from Facebook followers for two weeks before the event and addressed those and “live” questions during the Q&A session. Topics discussed in the chat included treatments, supplements, comorbid conditions and osteoporosis in men. Joan McGowan, Ph.D., Director of the NIAMS Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases (DMD), and Lee Alekel, Ph.D., a program director in the DMD, served as subject matter experts. Ernesto Canalis, M.D., from the University of Connecticut, gave clinical input and assisted with Spanish translations.
The chat reached nearly 5,000 Facebook users. An archive of the chat is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/1585703731742560.