Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) has created an independent nonprofit organization for Movement is Life Inc., a multi-disciplinary coalition established by the company in 2010. Zimmer says the nonprofit will continue to focus on the coalition’s mission, which aims to reduce musculoskeletal health disparities among women, racial and ethnic minorities and women living in rural communities.
The nonprofit is expected to continue to raise awareness of the impact of disparities on chronic disease management and quality of life. Zimmer says the organization will offer programs focused on early intervention, education, behavior change and advocacy.
Keri Mattox, Zimmer’s chief communications and administration officer, says the nonprofit status will allow the organization to expand partnerships and develop new relationships.
“Over the past 12 years, Movement is Life has been the premier organization addressing health disparities in orthopedics,” sad Mattox. “Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation remain fully committed to ensuring equity in care in our communities and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to support Movement is Life in their growth as an independent organization.”
Millicent Gorham will serve as the nonprofit’s executive director.
“We’re excited to take this next step in the evolution of Movement is Life as we continue on our path to address disparities in underserved communities and populations,” said Dr. Mary O’Connor, chair of the Movement is Life board of directors. “The inaugural Movement is Life Board of Directors shares my gratitude to Zimmer Biomet for their incredible support in our growth. We are excited and eager to work together as an independent organization to accomplish our goals.”
The Zimmer Biomet Foundation has made a multi-million-dollar commitment to continue to support operating costs of the newly-formed nonprofit, which Zimmer says will enable it to establish an independent coalition and scale its programs.